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Barbara L. Davis

PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Barbara Davis is the Houston Harte Centennial Professor of Communication Emerita at The University of Texas at Austin. She has also worked as an SLP in public schools, private practice, and at the Texas Department of Health. Dr. Davis has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and two books. Her research and teaching interests include acquisition of speech production skill and applications to speech disorders. She has studied typically developing infants in English and diverse language environments, as well as childhood apraxia of speech and speech patterns in young infants receiving cochlear implants and in children diagnosed with autism. Her teaching profile includes Speech Science, Phonetics, Infant-Toddler Intervention, and Developmental Speech Disorders. She has presented continuing-education workshops to SLPs nationally and internationally since 1987.

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Goal & Target Selection for Early Vocal Development: Children Aged 0-3

Presented by Barbara L. Davis, PhD, CCC-SLP

Goal & Target Selection for Early Vocal Development: Children Aged 0-3

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Children identified early with significant delay(s) in achieving age-appropriate communication skills are either referred due to significant medical or educational diagnoses evident at birth or referred (likely after 12 months) for delay or disorder evident in their progress in achieving early vocal or social milestones. In the case of vocal delay, a major intervention goal is to assess the child's prognosis for developing an oral communication system. A second goal is to stimulate the child's use of oral communication. Target selection must accommodate previously diagnosed (e.g., cleft palate) or identified (e.g., no emergence of vocalizations) capacities. Choosing targets is based on the individual profile of each child. In the case of early medical or social diagnosis, clinicians must be knowledgeable regarding the etiology of the child's delay/disorder. In the case of developmental delay/disorder, clinicians must be knowledgeable about early vocal milestones in the first year of life when choosing targets.

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Goal & Target Selection for Early Vocal Development: Children Aged 3-5

Presented by Barbara L. Davis, PhD, CCC-SLP

Goal & Target Selection for Early Vocal Development: Children Aged 3-5

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Children between 3-5 years of age identified with developmental speech disorders of all levels of severity are using at least single word language forms to communicate. Their language-based speech forms are likely to exhibit mild, moderate, or severe intelligibility deficits for listeners relative to their lack of achievement of chronological age expectations for speech sound productions. Their speech delay or disorder may be accompanied by other diagnoses (e.g., down syndrome, hearing loss). The clinician's goal and target selection for planning intervention is critically based on assessment to determine each individual child's patterns of delay or disorder in producing the speech patterns expected for his/her age. The overall goal of intervention for these pre-school children is to achieve chronologically appropriate age expectations for producing intelligible language-based communication. Goals in intervention are developed related to the intervention approach the clinician feels is most closely matched with the child's deficits. Targets are developed based on the type of intervention approach selected. Criteria for goal and target selection will be reviewed.

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