One challenging area of speech-language pathology is evaluating treatment change in children with speech sound disorder (SSD) with a motor basis. A clinician’s knowledge and use of outcome measures following treatment are central to evidence-based practice. This narrative review evaluates the use of outcome measures to assess treatment change in motor-based SSDs. The majority of studies used perceptual methods (despite their limitations) to evaluate change at the impairment level of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework (ICF-CY) and only three studies examined participation level factors. Accurate outcome measures that reflect the underlying deficit of the SSD as well as activity/participation level factors need to be implemented to document intervention success in this population.
Kearney, E., Granata, F., Yunusova, Y., van Lieshout, P., Hayden, D., and Namasivayam, A. (2015). Outcome Measures in Developmental Speech Sound Disorders with a Motor Basis. Current Developmental Disorders Reports. doi:10.1007/s40474-015-0058-2