Ultrasound Visual Biofeedback for R

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Who

Candidates for ultrasound-enhanced therapy have attended traditional speech therapy with minimal success, can sit and attend for 45 minutes when engaged in therapeutic activities (e.g. practicing sounds, playing simple games), can follow multi-step directions, and generally perform at or near grade level in school.

All clients must complete our clinic's standard "R" evaluation. If this was completed in the past you do not need to repeat the standard evaluation. Some children with "R" production difficulties also have difficulties in higher-level academic & language areas (e.g. writing, spelling, peer interactions) and we offer optional in-depth assessment in these areas.

What

At the University of Cincinnati Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic, we have been researching the use of ultrasound to provide our clients with visual biofeedback during articulation therapy for /r/ in isolation, words, and phrases. This technique can also be used during /l/ therapy and for remediation of lateral /s/.

Ultrasound biofeedback is not as beneficial for the sentence and conversation stages of therapy because it is difficult to judge rapid, sequential tongue movements on the monitor. 

There are often research studies in this area and you may be asked about your interest in these studies. Please know that you can choose not to participate in research and this will not affect any aspect of your clinical treatment.

When

During the acadmeic year, services are generally offered on a weekly basis.

Dates for the summer intensive programs will be posted in February.

Cost

$65/hour session (45 minutes face to face and ~10 minutes debriefing with family)

Program Director

Stacey Gerding, MS, CCC-SL, Email: Stacey.Gerding@uc.edu 

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Speech & Hearing Clinic

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Health Sciences Building Suite 325

Phone: 513-558-8503 | Fax: (513) 558-8988