August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Speech Production and Applied Behavior Analysis: Using a Conceptual Analysis to Teach Phonetic Hand Cues to Shape Speech Production

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

Phonetic hand cueing systems are commonly used by speech-language pathologists and promoted in commercially available products (Carahaly, 2012; Kaufman, 2007; Strode, 1994, and others). However, research on the effectiveness of these systems for improving articulation is limited (Hall and Jordan, 1992; Jordan, 1988; Klick, 1985; Stelton & Graves, 1985). This series of studies examines the effect of the systematic use of phonetic hand cues as a stimulus control transfer procedure and compares the relative effectiveness of phonetic hand cue procedures to other commonly used differential reinforcement procedures. Study results reveal rapid acquisition of hand cues, and improved articulation at the syllable and word level, as well as use of hand cues to improve intelligibility in natural settings. Reduction of speech sound errors on formal testing further confirms results. Use of hand cues as part of an ABA or school program, from target selection to generalization of improved articulation across the verbal operants, will be presented and illustrated via video examples. Results confirm previous case study findings that phonetic hand cues may be an effective intervention in promoting speech production skills in children with autism with limited vocal repertoires.

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Act 48
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