Course Introduction

Articulation therapy is the bread-and-butter for many pediatric and school-based SLPs, but when was the last time you checked in on current research and methods in treating speech sound disorders (SSDs)? With all due respect to Van Riper (and plenty is due), we’re willing to bet you’ll find some new ideas and question some old ones after reading this collection of research reviews, covering 11 articles published between 2013 and 2018:

Ready to break up with your +/- data tally method, for a finer-grained measure that might help you show progress?

Need tips for collecting language samples from your students with severe SSDs?

Has it never occurred to you to examine polysyllabic words in your evaluations?

Need some method behind your madness when picking target words for therapy?

Geeking out at the thought of using high-tech methods to tackle the dreaded /r/ once and for all?

We’ve got you covered, and more. There is also a set of reviews discussing influential treatment approaches for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, including an evidence-based program with freely available training materials (Huzzah!) and the first dive into the efficacy of the well-known Kaufman approach. Ready to learn something new? Let's go!

Learning Outcomes & Details

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe characteristics of 4-year-olds whose speech sounds disorders are likely to resolve versus those who aren’t.

  2. Describe why and how to use a visual analog scale to track progress with speech sound errors.

  3. Explain how and why to incorporate polysyllables into therapy.

  4. Describe how lexical properties of words impact phonological learning

  5. List and describe evidence-based options for the treatment of childhood apraxia of speech.

Course Type: Text; Web or downloadable PDF

Time: This is an hour course.

ASHA CEUs: This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Course Completion Requirements: Read the full course, then take a quiz at the end. Must pass with a score of 80% or better (two attempts allowed).


Questions? See our frequently asked questions.


Course edited and compiled by:

Meredith Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP is owner of The Informed SLP and faculty at Rockhurst University. Financial Disclosure— receives salary from The Informed SLP and Rockhurst University. Nonfinancial Disclosure— Vice President of Speech–Language Pathology for the Kansas Speech–Language–Hearing Association Board; Board member of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association Committee on Clinical Research, Implementation Science, and Evidence-Based Practice.

Karen Evans, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech–language pathologist at Intermediate District 287, and employee of The Informed SLP. Financial Disclosure— receives salary from Intermediate District 287 and The Informed SLP. Nonfinancial Disclosure— None.

Full research and writing team bios can be found here. The Informed SLP’s researchers and writers are prohibited from having any financial or nonfinancial conflicts of interest related to the content they research and report on.

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This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).