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The efficacy of the Mixed Up Marty Home Programme in resolving phonological delay and disorder

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dc.contributor.advisor Wright, Aileen Kerrigan, Heidi 2016-03-21T10:07:40Z 2016-03-21T10:07:40Z 2015
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Children with Speech Sound Disorders (SSDs) comprise the majority of paediatric Speech and Language Therapists caseloads. Current resource limitations lead to delayed intervention, increasing the risk for negative consequences for these children. A parent-implemented home programme could provide an evidence based therapy tool to be implemented immediately upon diagnosis of a SSD, specifically a phonological delay or disorder. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of a parent-implemented home programme in improving the speech of children with phonological delay or disorder. Methods: Twelve children (aged 3;02 to 4;05) diagnosed with phonological delay or disorder alongside their parents participated in the study. Recruitment was on a voluntary basis. Following initial assessment, parents received two hours training in the administration of the Mixed Up Marty Home Programme. Efficacy was measured using a Pre-Post design comparing a widely used metric of speech accuracy, Percentage Consonants Correct (PCC) on the Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology (DEAP) and in a constrained connected speech sample elicited using pictures from the Renfrew Action Picture Test (RAPT). Six children received Treatment Now (Tnow) and six children acted as a control and received Treatment Later (TLater). The programme, consisting of input-based phonological awareness activities, was carried out over seven weeks. Results: Statistical analyses revealed the difference in PCC between groups was not clinically significant. Conclusions: Possible reasons for the lack of success were identified. These include programme content, severity of diagnosis, high levels of variability within the sample used and short administration time. The programme warrants modification and further investigation before being considered as a clinical tool in the treatment of SSDs. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject Speech Sound Disorders (SSDs) en_US
dc.subject phonological delay en_US
dc.subject home programme en_US
dc.subject Percentage Consonants Correct (PCC) en_US
dc.title The efficacy of the Mixed Up Marty Home Programme in resolving phonological delay and disorder en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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