Speech Intervention

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Center for Cerebral Palsy Research

Speech Intervention

Children with dysarthria are under-represented in speech intervention research. Descriptive/observational studies have suggested improvement of speech production with intervention, when a holistic approach involving breath support and prosody is utilized. However, despite the large number of children with dysarthria, no randomized controlled trials have investigated the effects of intervention on pediatric dysarthria. Rigorous research is required to test effectiveness of interventions for this population, using intelligibility and other measures in various social and educational settings. Our aim is to improve scientific knowledge by increasing the field’s knowledge of 1) effective techniques for treating the speech of children with dysarthria due to cerebral palsy and 2) reliable measurement of intervention gains. This knowledge will serve as an evidence base on which to guide clinical practice.

We perform research on speech treatment for children with dysarthria due to cerebral palsy (through the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research). To see if your child qualifies for a 4-week speech treatment study please contact Prof. Erika Levy at elevy@tc.columbia.edu.