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ERIC Number: EJ962581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0269-9206
Electropalatography in the Description and Treatment of Speech Disorders in Five Children with Cerebral Palsy
Nordberg, Ann; Carlsson, Goran; Lohmander, Anette
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, v25 n10 p831-852 Oct 2011
Some children with cerebral palsy have articulation disorders that are resistant to conventional speech therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the visual feedback method of electropalatography (EPG) could be an effective tool for treating five children (mean age of 9.4 years) with dysarthria and cerebral palsy and to explore whether training improved the posteriorly placed articulation of the Swedish dental/alveolar target consonants /t/, /d/, /n/ and /s/ produced in different positions. An EPG analysis was conducted and some of the data were combined with a perceptual analysis. A more anterior placement was seen after treatment for the target sounds. Features of diagnostic importance revealed were unusual tongue-palate contacts, such as double articulation and abnormally retracted articulation. A possible change in stop closure duration was indicated. The results suggest that EPG could be of potential benefit for diagnosing, treating and describing articulation errors associated with cerebral palsy. (Contains 6 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden