Caregiver Study

About the Study

The Case Speech Lab (CSL) of Hofstra University, directed by Dr. Julie Case, and the New York University Motor Speech Lab (MSL), directed by Dr. Maria Grigos are conducting a multi-site clinical trial that will examine the effect of caregiver/parent involvement over a period of Dynamic Temporal Tactile Cueing (DTTC) treatment in children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).

The Let Me Help You Practice Parent/Caregiver Study is funded by:

If your child is eligible to participate, they will receive 8-weeks of DTTC treatment, consisting of twice-weekly 45-minute sessions, at no cost. A parent/caregiver will be required to attend each treatment session and practice at home 3 days per week for 30 minutes each practice session. Finally, to monitor your child’s progress, data will be collected before, during, and after the treatment phase.

Please see below for an overview of the study:

What is DTTC?

DTTC is a motor-based treatment designed specifically for children with severe speech sound disorders, especially CAS, who were not successful with more traditional forms of therapy. DTTC is based on the concept of “Watch me and do what I do”. It requires children to imitate what they hear and what they see and while focusing on how the movements feel (Strand, 2020).

Criteria to Participate

To be eligible to participate, a child must have a primary speech diagnosis of CAS. The child must be between 2 years 6 months old to 7 years 11 months old at the start of treatment. Additionally, the child’s primary language must be English, and at least one parent must be a primary English-language speaker. The child should have normal vision and hearing, and no oral-structural abnormalities. The child may not have concomitant disorders including autism spectrum disorder, global development delay, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, or other genetic condition.

Team Members and Contact Information

Please contact a member of our team listed below for any questions or additional information on our study:

Kelly SullivanProject
Julie CasePrincipal Investigator & Case Lab Director, Hofstra
Maria GrigosPrincipal Investigator & Motor Speech Lab Director, New York
Sofia GruppusoResearch
Preeti SinghResearch

Training Platform for Caregivers

If your child is a participant in the study, please click below to access the Training Platform. Enter the password provided to you by the Project Manager.

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