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Stimulability and Treatment Success

Rvachew, Susan PhD

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Abstract

This article addresses 2 questions of importance to the treatment of speech sound disorders: (1) When selecting treatment targets, is it best to begin with the most or the least stimulable potential phoneme targets? (2) When treating unstimulable phonemes, which treatment procedures will result in the best outcome? A summary of the findings from 3 randomized controlled trials is provided. In these studies, outcomes were generally better when stimulable targets were treated; however, outcomes for unstimulable targets were improved by including phonemic perception training alongside phonetic placement procedures in the treatment program. The clinician must take final responsibility for judging the applicability of these research findings to each individual case. Clinical decisions should be made after discussing the known benefits and risks of any given treatment practice with the client and/or the client's family.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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