TalkTools is an intervention designed to target functional speech. We undertook a preliminary investigation to explore the efficacy and the feasibility of an adapted version of TalkTools for improving speech in minimally verbal young learners with autism and intellectual disabilities. Ten participants with minimal functional speech who were receiving clinic-based services were randomly allocated baseline and intervention durations in an AB phase design. Over an 8-month period we explored the impact of the intervention on speech sound and oral motor imitation through weekly assessments and standardised measures administered at the beginning and the end of the intervention period. We evaluated the feasibility of the intervention through acceptability, adherence, and fidelity of implementation measures. The results of the study will be discussed, highlighting how our findings might usefully inform future large-scale evaluations of TalkTools.
|Publication status||Published - 2023|
|Event||The Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group Conference - Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom|
Duration: 14 Sep 2023 → 16 Sep 2023
|Conference||The Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group Conference|
|Period||14/09/23 → 16/09/23|