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Sound Management: Assessment and Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders in Children
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss clinical decision-making in designing and implementing the newer models of analysis, target selection, and intervention with children who have speech sound disorders (SSD). These models will be reviewed and then discussed in terms of a case study with emphasis on integrating current research evidence with clinical reasoning to determine the most appropriate approaches to implement with particular subgroups of children with SSD. Specifically, decision trees will be presented for considering which analysis options, target selection approaches, and models of intervention are most appropriate for different characteristics of functional speech disorders in children. The role of intervention intensity on treatment outcomes will also be discussed. Clinicians will be given a data set to consider in implementing sound clinical reasoning in choosing the most appropriate approaches that will lead to increased speech intelligibility with the greatest amount of change in the least amount of time.