The Application of Motor Learning Concepts to the Treatment of Children with Compensatory Speech Sound Errors Children with cleft palate frequently present with compensatory speech sound errors, which are generally targeted in treatment. Often, treatment consists of different phonetic teaching methods and procedures that are delivered via an operant learning paradigm; however, there are other theoretical models of learning that may prove more efficacious for modifying ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2014
The Application of Motor Learning Concepts to the Treatment of Children with Compensatory Speech Sound Errors
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Dennis Ruscello
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Linda Vallino
    Head, Craniofacial Outcomes Research Laboratory/Senior Speech Scientist Nemours, Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE
    Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
    Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Dennis Ruscello

    Disclosure: Financial: Dennis Ruscello is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University and Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center. Linda Vallino is Head, Craniofacial Outcomes Research Laboratory/Senior Speech Scientist Nemours at the Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Jefferson Medical College; and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Delaware

    Nonfinancial: Dennis Ruscello and Linda Vallino have previously published work in this subject area. Some of them are referenced in this paper.

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Development / Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2014
The Application of Motor Learning Concepts to the Treatment of Children with Compensatory Speech Sound Errors
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2014, Vol. 24, 39-47. doi:10.1044/ssod24.2.39
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2014, Vol. 24, 39-47. doi:10.1044/ssod24.2.39

Children with cleft palate frequently present with compensatory speech sound errors, which are generally targeted in treatment. Often, treatment consists of different phonetic teaching methods and procedures that are delivered via an operant learning paradigm; however, there are other theoretical models of learning that may prove more efficacious for modifying compensatory errors. Motor learning is a teaching/learning methodology that has an extensive body of research to support its use in the acquisition and development of motor skills. Currently, researchers are using motor learning paradigms in the treatment of different speech disorders and evidence on efficacy is being collected. This paper will discuss motor learning as a methodology for treating compensatory speech sound errors in an effective and efficient manner.

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