“The Caterpillar”: A Novel Reading Passage for Assessment of Motor Speech Disorders Purpose A review of the salient characteristics of motor speech disorders and common assessment protocols revealed the need for a novel reading passage tailored specifically to differentiate between and among the dysarthrias (DYSs) and apraxia of speech (AOS). Method “The Caterpillar” passage was designed to provide a contemporary, ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   February 01, 2013
“The Caterpillar”: A Novel Reading Passage for Assessment of Motor Speech Disorders
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Rupal Patel
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Kathryn Connaghan
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Diana Franco
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Erika Edsall
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Dory Forgit
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Laura Olsen
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Lianna Ramage
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Emily Tyler
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Scott Russell
    Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA
  • Correspondence to Rupal Patel: r.patel@neu.edu
  • Editor: Carol Scheffner Hammer
    Editor: Carol Scheffner Hammer×
  • Associate Editor: Julie Liss
    Associate Editor: Julie Liss×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   February 01, 2013
“The Caterpillar”: A Novel Reading Passage for Assessment of Motor Speech Disorders
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2013, Vol. 22, 1-9. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2012/11-0134)
History: Received October 28, 2011 , Revised March 13, 2012 , Accepted June 4, 2012
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2013, Vol. 22, 1-9. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2012/11-0134)
History: Received October 28, 2011; Revised March 13, 2012; Accepted June 4, 2012

Purpose A review of the salient characteristics of motor speech disorders and common assessment protocols revealed the need for a novel reading passage tailored specifically to differentiate between and among the dysarthrias (DYSs) and apraxia of speech (AOS).

Method “The Caterpillar” passage was designed to provide a contemporary, easily read, contextual speech sample with specific tasks (e.g., prosodic contrasts, words of increasing length and complexity) targeted to inform the assessment of motor speech disorders. Twenty-two adults, 15 with DYS or AOS and 7 healthy controls (HC), were recorded reading “The Caterpillar” passage to demonstrate its utility in examining motor speech performance.

Conclusion Analysis of performance across a subset of segmental and prosodic variables illustrated that “The Caterpillar” passage showed promise for extracting individual profiles of impairment that could augment current assessment protocols and inform treatment planning in motor speech disorders.

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