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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review


Melodic Intonation Therapy with Young Children with Apraxia

Roper, N. (2003).
Bridges: Practice-Based Research Synthesis, 1(3), 1-7.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible No

Description: This is a systematic review of studies exploring the effects of melodic intonation therapy for children with apraxia of speech.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Children with apraxia of speech

Intervention/Assessment: Melodic intonation therapy (MIT).

Number of Studies Included: 3

Years Included: Not stated

Findings:

Conclusions:

"The small number of studies, small number of participants, lack of treatment fidelity measure, possible threats to external and internal validity, and individual modifications that were made in the MIT procedures, all converge on the fact that the empirical evidence to support Melodic Intonation Therapy with children is meager at best." (p. 4)

Keywords: Apraxia, Melodic Intonation Therapy

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Added to Compendium: February 2012

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