In “light” research months, we’ll add in a “Throwback Publication” that looks back at research we think would be useful to today’s SLP. Enjoy!
For this month’s “Throwback Pub”, let’s go back to an article from 2013 by Brumbaugh & Smit. This article surveys SLPs to identify knowledge gaps in the treatment of speech sound disorders. The authors then make recommendations on techniques the SLPs should know, but are missing.
Many trends and issues are covered, but perhaps the most interesting finding is that most SLPs don't know enough about phonological treatment. They found that SLPs tend to use traditional articulation methods for children with speech sounds disorders, instead of phonological methods. Traditional articulation treatment is "directed at correcting isolated speech sounds” and “phonological interventions... are directed at improving the speech sound system”. The authors state that “… it is unclear why traditional intervention, especially the more advanced steps in the sequence [e.g. targeting sounds in sentences], was used for preschoolers with phonological disorders...” They highlight studies in which phonological interventions have been “shown to be more efficacious than traditional intervention”. They also point out which methods have procedure manuals published, which is SUPER useful, because that means you don't have to hunt those down yourself, and can more readily implement the technique.
To do a quick check of whether this article will teach you something, take a quick look at their Table 1. It lists all the interventions they surveyed. What do you think? Do you now these? Or even half of them? We bet you find at least a few techniques to add to your list!