Effectiveness and Social Validity of Voice Therapy for an Adolescent With Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Treatment outcomes and social validity of voice treatment for an adolescent with mild athetoid cerebral palsy and hyperkinetic dysarthria will be described. The client was seen weekly for 3 semesters of treatment, with structured voice exercises in the first and third semesters and conversational practice for generalization in the second ... Article
Article  |   May 15, 2018
Effectiveness and Social Validity of Voice Therapy for an Adolescent With Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ellen Hickey
    Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Amanda Matchett
    Horizon Health Network, Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Natasha Ray
    Pembina Hills Public Schools, Barrhead, Alberta, Canada
  • Meagan Almond
    Calgary Board of Education, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Jenna Hardy
    Jenna Hardy Speech & Language Services, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Halifax Regional School Board, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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  • Financial: Ellen Hickey has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Amanda Matchett has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Natasha Ray has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Meagan Almond has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Jenna Hardy has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Ellen Hickey has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Amanda Matchett has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Natasha Ray has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Meagan Almond has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Jenna Hardy has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Ellen Hickey has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Amanda Matchett has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Natasha Ray has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Meagan Almond has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Jenna Hardy has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Ellen Hickey has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Amanda Matchett has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Natasha Ray has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Meagan Almond has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Jenna Hardy has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 1
Article   |   May 15, 2018
Effectiveness and Social Validity of Voice Therapy for an Adolescent With Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2018, Vol. 3, 44-50. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG2.44
History: Received September 20, 2017 , Revised September 20, 2017 , Accepted April 3, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2018, Vol. 3, 44-50. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG2.44
History: Received September 20, 2017; Revised September 20, 2017; Accepted April 3, 2018

Treatment outcomes and social validity of voice treatment for an adolescent with mild athetoid cerebral palsy and hyperkinetic dysarthria will be described. The client was seen weekly for 3 semesters of treatment, with structured voice exercises in the first and third semesters and conversational practice for generalization in the second semester. Voice and speech measures and social validity measures showed positive changes. Results cannot be generalized to other speakers with cerebral palsy but suggest that further investigation of this treatment approach is warranted.

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