The relationship between speech articulation therapy dose (frequency, intensity, duration) and treatment outcomes are poorly understood. Identifying optimal therapy doses for specific articulation disorders is essential to providing efficient clinical care. Recent research indicates that intensive speech therapy doses-known as boot camps-may promote rapid improvement and generalization for certain speech disorders. Therefore the present investigation examined the effects of a boot camp speech therapy approach to remediate interdental /s/ production in an 8-year-old male. The boot camp included two days of speech therapy involving visual, tactile, and auditory feedback approaches. Therapy was administered 5.5 hours per day across morning and afternoon sessions. Treatment outcomes were evaluated using auditory-perceptual ratings of pre- and post-treatment word pairs. The results indicated that /s/ production improved significantly immediately following the boot camp and improvements were sustained at one week post-treatment (p < 0.05). Medial and final /s/ productions improved more so than the initial /s/ productions. These findings suggest that the speech therapy boot camp approach may be effective for certain individuals with speech sound disorders. Future research should explore dose-response relationships among speech articulation therapy dose in other children with speech sound disorders.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Peris, Melanie Ellen, "A Boot Camp Approach to Remediating Interdental /s/ in a School-Aged Child" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 3891.
boot camp therapy, treatment dose, treatment intensity, treatment duration, treatment frequency, interdental /s/, speech sound disorders, articulation case study