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A comparison of three therapy methods for children with different types of developmental phonological disorder

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Barbara Dodd


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Treatment case studies of three children whose speech was characterized by non-developmental errors are described. Three therapy methods were trialed with each child: phonological contrast; core vocabulary and PROMPT. The accuracy and intelligibility of the children's connected speech improved throughout the course of the programme. Intervention that focused on teaching a rule about the contrastive use of phonemes was most successful for a child who consistently made non-developmental errors. Children making inconsistent errors received most benefit from the core vocabulary approach that markedly enhanced consistency of production. However, once consistency was established, one child benefited from phonological contrast therapy. While the results of the study should be interpreted with caution due to the small sample size and the cumulative effects of intervention, the findings suggest that different parts of a child's phonological and phonetic system may respond to various types of treatment approaches that target different aspects of speech production. The implication drawn is that just as no single treatment approach is appropriate for all children with disordered phonology, management of some children may involve selecting and sequencing a range of different approaches.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dodd B; Bradford A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders

Year: 2000

Volume: 35

Issue: 2

Pages: 189-209

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 1368-2822

ISSN (electronic): 1460-6984

Publisher: Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists


PubMed id: 10912251