Individuals frequently use their hands to provide cues in the treatment of childhood apraxia of speech CAS and other speech sound disorders (SSDs). Yet, the use of such gestural cues is most often motivated by clinical experience and intuition, but not usually theoretically motivated or empirically studied. This presentation will focus specifically on the use of manual gesture cues that are spatiotemporally analogous to the target speech sound (i.e., manual mimicry cues) in the treatment of CAS. One example of a manual mimicry cue is releasing one’s fingers from a fist outward to mimic the spatiotemporal properties of /p/.
The aims of this presentation are three?fold. First, a theoretical framework will be provided to support the use of gestural cues in the treatment of speech production objectives. The utility of gestural cues in addressing prosodic goals will also be considered. Second, descriptions, illustrations, and case examples of the use of manual mimicry cues for individuals with CAS will be presented. Lastly, preliminary data from a study of the effect of manual mimicry cues on the production of speech targets by children with CAS, as well data from ongoing studies of the coordination of speech and gestures in children and adults without SSDs will be discussed.
As a result of this Webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the interaction of speech and manual processes from theoretical, developmental, and behavioral perspectives.
- Demonstrate ways in which manual movements may be used to treat individuals with speech sound disorders such as
childhood apraxia of speech and residual speech sound errors.
- Discuss the advantages of incorporating gestures that are spatiotemporally similar to the movement of the speech articulators as a cue for speech production targets.
Minutes 1-5 Introduction
Minutes 6-15 Gestures vs. Manual Movements in Speech?Language Pathology
Minutes 16-30 Link of Gestures and Prosody in Spoken Language Production
Minutes 31-40 Link of Gestures and Prosody in Speech Disorders
Minutes 41-50 Manual Mimicry Cues – why and what
Minutes 51-60 Manual Mimicry Cues – case examples
Minutes 61-70 Synopsis of Data
Minutes 71-90 Questions and Answers