The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of the Speech Motor Learning Approach, a treatment that targets motor planning, in one individual with apraxia of speech and aphasia via remote delivery. A single subject multiple baseline across behaviors research design was used to investigate the generalization of treatment effects to untrained contexts across three stages of treatment. Treatment was given two to three times per week and the duration of treatment was specific to the participant. Stimuli consisted of nonwords and real words with target sounds embedded in them. Target sounds were participant specific. Findings show a small positive impact of SML on accurate articulation for target sounds in untrained nonwords and real words and an overall decrease in error frequency in trained stages in an individual with apraxia of speech and co-occurring aphasia. Thus, results indicate that the SML approach improves speech motor planning and programming abilities for this participant and continued investigation is warranted. The impact of co -occurring aphasia, along with attention difficulties in a telehealth treatment delivery model on learning are also discussed.
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Wilson, Lauren Bislick
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Health Professions and Sciences
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)
O'Toole, Megan, "The Speech Motor Learning Approach to Apraxia of Speech Treatment via Remote Delivery" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 539.