Be clear: a new intensive speech treatment for adults with nonprogressive dysarthria

Park, Stacie, Theodoros, Deborah, Finch, Emma and Cardell, Elizabeth (2016) Be clear: a new intensive speech treatment for adults with nonprogressive dysarthria. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25 1: 97-110. doi:10.1044/2015_AJSLP-14-0113

Author Park, Stacie
Theodoros, Deborah
Finch, Emma
Cardell, Elizabeth
Title Be clear: a new intensive speech treatment for adults with nonprogressive dysarthria
Journal name American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1058-0360
Publication date 2016-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1044/2015_AJSLP-14-0113
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 97
End page 110
Total pages 14
Place of publication Rockville, MD, United States
Publisher American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Collection year 2017
Language eng
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Purpose This article describes the effects of a new intensive dysarthria treatment program (Be Clear) on speech intelligibility in adults with dysarthria secondary to stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Method A small group–repeated measures research design was used to examine the effects of treatment on the speech of 8 participants with nonprogressive dysarthria. Treatment consisted of a 1-hr prepractice session followed by 1-hr therapy sessions, 4 times per week, for 4 weeks (16 sessions). Paired-comparison ratings of speech intelligibility served as the primary outcome measure for the study. Perceptual data, quality of life, and communication partner opinion were obtained at 3 time intervals: (a) prior to treatment, (b) immediately posttreatment, and (c) 1–3 months posttreatment.

Results Following treatment, group data demonstrated substantial improvements in speech intelligibility as perceived by naive listeners on a paired-comparison rating task. Word intelligibility was clinically significantly improved posttreatment and sentence intelligibility demonstrated statistically significant improvement. Communication partner ratings of speech intelligibility and overall communicative function were statistically significantly improved posttreatment.

Conclusions The results of this study suggest that this new intensive treatment may have potential as an effective intervention for nonprogressive dysarthria. However, controlled studies are required to establish treatment efficacy.
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