A Summary of Commercial Tests and Protocols for Examining the Speech Mechanism An inspection of the oral speech mechanism is a component of a diagnostic evaluation for patients who have communication and/or related disorders. In many cases, speech-language pathologists have developed a format for collecting and recording such observations; however, other practitioners may wish to use commercially available instruments. The following is ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
A Summary of Commercial Tests and Protocols for Examining the Speech Mechanism
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  • Dennis M. Ruscello
    Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
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Article   |   October 01, 2000
A Summary of Commercial Tests and Protocols for Examining the Speech Mechanism
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2000, Vol. 10, 9-12. doi:10.1044/ssod10.2.9
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2000, Vol. 10, 9-12. doi:10.1044/ssod10.2.9
An inspection of the oral speech mechanism is a component of a diagnostic evaluation for patients who have communication and/or related disorders. In many cases, speech-language pathologists have developed a format for collecting and recording such observations; however, other practitioners may wish to use commercially available instruments. The following is a summary of instruments that may be purchased for clinical use and does not represent an endorsement of any instrument by ASHA or Division 5.
1. Test: Dworkin-Culatta Oral Mechanism Examination and Treatment System-(D-COME)
Authors: James P. Dworkin and Richard A. Culatta
Summary: The D-COME is utilized in the differential diagnosis and treatment of motor speech and orofacial structural anomalies. The test consists of a Screening Test and Deep Tests. The Screening Test requires approximately 10 minutes to administer and evaluates oral structures and functions in eight diagnostic areas. If a patient does not pass the screening, the Deep Tests are administered for a more in depth examination of the eight diagnostic areas.The diagnostic areas include: Facial Status, Lip Functioning, Jaw Functioning, Hard Palate Status, Tongue Functioning, Velopharyngeal Functioning, Dental and Gingival Status, and Motor Speech Programming Abilities.
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