Auditory-Perceptual Training Via Telepractice

  • End date
    Aug 30, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Montclair State University
Updated on 10 July 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers


The objective of this study is to measure the effects of online perceptual training on perception and production in children with RSE who exhibit atypical perception relative to norms from our lab-based pilot data. In a multiple-baseline across-subjects design, 10 children with RSE will begin in a baseline phase probing perceptual acuity for /r/. Perceptual training with multiple types of stimuli will be initiated in a staggered fashion. Production probes elicited before and after treatment will assess the extent to which perception gains transfer to /r/ production.


Following the initial evaluation to determine eligibility, participants will be enrolled in a baseline phase in which perception and production abilities will be probed but not treated. In a multiple-baseline across-subjects design with randomization, the 10 participants will be randomly assigned to transition from the baseline to the treatment condition at one of 7 possible points, ranging from 4 to 10 baseline sessions. After baseline sessions, perceptual training will be delivered in twelve 30-minute sessions occurring 3 times per week for 4 weeks. The training is fully computerized and can be self-administered, but a study clinician will attend one session per participant per week to ensure attention to study tasks. Each session will feature three listening tasks of approximately equal duration. Following perceptual training, participants will receive 4 60-minute sessions of production training completed over two weeks.

Condition Speech Sound Disorder
Treatment Perceptual Training, Production training
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04858035
SponsorMontclair State University
Last Modified on10 July 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Must be between 9;0 and 15;11 years of age at the time of enrollment
Must speak English as the dominant language (i.e., must have begun learning English by age 2, per parent report)
Must speak a rhotic dialect of English
Must pass a pure-tone hearing screening at 20dB HL
Must pass a brief examination of oral structure and function
Must exhibit less than 30% accuracy, based on consensus across 2 trained listeners, on a probe list eliciting rhotics in various phonetic contexts at the word level
Must exhibit no more than 3 sounds other than /r/ in error on the GFTA-3

Exclusion Criteria

Must not receive a T score more than 1.3 SD below the mean on the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence-2 (WASI-2) Matrix Reasoning
Must not receive a scaled score of 7 or higher on the Recalling Sentences and Formulated Sentences subtests of the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-5 (CELF-5)
Must not have an existing diagnosis of developmental disability or major neurobehavioral syndrome such as cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, or Autism Spectrum Disorder
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