Sound Production Treatment for Acquired Apraxia of Speech
Acquired apraxia of speech (AOS) has been demonstrated to be responsive to various types of treatments, even when AOS is chronic (Wambaugh, Duffy, McNeil, Robin, & Rogers, 2006a). Of the different types of AOS treatments, the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) AOS Treatment Guidelines report identified articulatory-kinematic treatments as having the strongest evidence supporting their use (Wambaugh et al., 2006a & b). Articulatory-kinematic treatments are those that employ techniques to improve speech production through the facilitation of movement, positioning, timing, and coordination of the articulators. Sound Production Treatment (SPT; Wambaugh, Kalinyak-Fliszar, West, & Doyle, 1998) is an articulatory-kinematic treatment that has received relatively more systematic study than other AOS treatments to date. This report describes SPT and the research supporting its application with speakers with AOS.