Principles of Motor Learning and Treatment for AOS In this country, the prevailing view is that apraxia of speech (AOS) represents an impairment in speech motor control. The predominant treatment approaches for AOS focus on affecting the organization of the neuromotor system for relearning of speech motor skills. Relatively few studies investigating treatment efficacy for AOS have been ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2001
Principles of Motor Learning and Treatment for AOS
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  • Kirrie J. Ballard
    University of Iowa, Iowa City
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Article   |   December 01, 2001
Principles of Motor Learning and Treatment for AOS
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2001, Vol. 11, 13-18. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.4.13
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2001, Vol. 11, 13-18. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.4.13
In this country, the prevailing view is that apraxia of speech (AOS) represents an impairment in speech motor control. The predominant treatment approaches for AOS focus on affecting the organization of the neuromotor system for relearning of speech motor skills. Relatively few studies investigating treatment efficacy for AOS have been published (Wambaugh & Doyle, 1994). Several researchers in this field, in addressing the paucity of treatment efficacy literature, have suggested appealing to the much deeper literature in the field of limb motor control and learning (e.g., Duffy, 1995; McNeil, Robin, & Schmidt, 1997). Studies of limb motor control have explored the conditions that influence acquisition (i.e., performance during the training session or phase), retention (i.e., maintenance post-training), and transfer (i.e., generalization) of motor skills in the limbs and much of the work has a foundation in the behavioral tradition.
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