Speech & Hearing Sciences | Seminar in Developmental Apraxia of Speech
S515 | 4328 | Forrest, K.


Developmental apraxia of speech is a diagnosis that is used
clinically, usually to describe children with multiple and severe
difficulties with speech sound acquisition.  The precise criteria
for this diagnostic label have been the source of debate in the
research and clinical literature.  Most treatment protocols have not
withstood controlled  investigations of their efficacy.   The
goal of this seminar is to define developmental apraxia of speech,
determine how it can be differentiated from other speech acquisition
problems, and become familiar with treatment protocols that appear to
be efficacious.  These goals will be met by investigating models of
speech production and its development, becoming familiar with the
experimental literature that has focused on differential diagnosis of
developmental apraxia, and evaluating different regimens that have
been recommended for treatment of this disorder.

Readings: Packet of articles is available at Collegiate Copies.  Book
chapters to be read will be available from Kim Elkins in Room C100.

Course requirements: The articles and chapters should be read by all
students.  One student will be responsible for leading the class
discussion each week.  This discussion will be framed around
questions that will be handed out in class each week.  The discussion
leader will hand in a 2-3 page paper summarizing the articles for
that week.  The second assignment is to review the literature, in ten
pages or less, about 1) models of speech acquisition; 2) diagnostic
criteria of developmental apraxia of speech; or 3) treatment
procedures for developmental apraxia of speech.

Grading: Grades will be based on the written assignments (30% for
short paper, 50% for longer paper), the class discussion that you
lead (10%), and participation in other class discussions (10%).

Grading Scale: 96% and above = A+; 93-95% = A; 90-92% = A-; 87-89% =
B+; 83-86% = B; 80-82% = B-; 77-79% = C+; 73-76% = C; 70-72 = C-