Use of Visual Techniques in Therapy for Developmental Apraxia of Speech The literature reveals numerous references to the use of the visual modality in the facilitation of volitional speech in persons with developmental apraxia of speech. This paper describes the development of Signed Target Phoneme (STP) Therapy, using the hand shapes of the American Manual Alphabet to cue phonemes (not Cued ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1985
Use of Visual Techniques in Therapy for Developmental Apraxia of Speech
 
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  • Ivy Skaife Shelton is currently a classroom teacher for severely and profoundly retarded children at the Sevier County Special Learning Center, 550 Eastgate Road, Sevierville, TN. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address. Mary Mertes Garves is a speech-language clinician with the school district of La Crosse, WI.
    Ivy Skaife Shelton is currently a classroom teacher for severely and profoundly retarded children at the Sevier County Special Learning Center, 550 Eastgate Road, Sevierville, TN. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address. Mary Mertes Garves is a speech-language clinician with the school district of La Crosse, WI.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1985
Use of Visual Techniques in Therapy for Developmental Apraxia of Speech
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1985, Vol. 16, 129-131. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1602.129
History: Received September 16, 1983 , Accepted June 1, 1984
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1985, Vol. 16, 129-131. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1602.129
History: Received September 16, 1983; Accepted June 1, 1984

The literature reveals numerous references to the use of the visual modality in the facilitation of volitional speech in persons with developmental apraxia of speech. This paper describes the development of Signed Target Phoneme (STP) Therapy, using the hand shapes of the American Manual Alphabet to cue phonemes (not Cued Speech as developed by Dr. Orin Cornett). Adding STP to traditional therapy methods, the authors implemented their speech therapy programs with a 5-year-old boy diagnosed as having developmental apraxia of speech. Preliminary results using this technique indicate a positive relationship between application of STP procedures and a more rapid acquisition of target phonemes. More documentation is needed to substantiate these findings, which the authors feel merit further investigation.

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