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[phono-tx] recordings in phonological therapy?


Hello all,

I am an SLT and a PhD student in Sweden and I've followed this group with great interest - thank you all for your stimulating discussions!

I'm interested in the relation between phonological perception and production, and I'm particularly attracted by the idea of internal discrimination, i.e. the task of discriminating "correct/incorrect" production in one's own speech. (As opposed to discriminating "correct/incorrect" in someone else's speech.) It has been suggested that recordings of the child's speech can be used in tasks of internal discrimination (preferrably in cases where the child recognizes "errors" in someone else's speech but fails to recognize the same "errors" in his/her own speech production) and to encourage self-monitoring (see e.g. Aungst & Frick, 1964; Hoffman & Norris, 2005).

Still, it's my impression that very few therapists use recordings in the clinic, as a means of assisting the child in recognizing that his/her speech production is deviant and how it is deviant. What are your thoughts on this? Have you had any experience of using recordings in phonological therapy? Or do you know of reasons *not* to use recordings in phonological therapy?

Best regards,
Sofia Strömbergsson
Aungst, L. F. & Frick, J. V. (1964), 'Auditory Discrimination Ability and Consistency of Articulation of /r/', J Speech Hear Disord 29(1), 76-85.

Hoffman, P. R. & Norris, J. A.Kamhi, A. G. & Pollock, K. E., ed., (2005), Phonological Disorders in Children, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co, chapter Intervention: Manipulating Complex Input to Promote Self-Organization of a Neuro-Network, pp. 139-156.

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