Special Issues from the Conference on Motor Speech 2016: Summary and Highlights

Guest post by: Nancy Pearl Solomon and Yana Yunusova

Every 2 years, a small but dedicated international group of researchers, clinicians, and students meet in the United States to present and discuss new research on speech motor control and motor speech disorders. The 2016 Conference on Motor Speech partnered with ASHA to generate two special issues—one for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR), edited by Dr. Yunusova, and one for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (AJSLP), edited by Dr. Solomon. We are excited to announce that these special issues are now available.

The 2016 meeting in Newport Beach, California, was organized by Conference Co-Chairs Kathryn Yorkston and Jordan R. Green as well as Program Chairs Yana Yunusova and Nancy Pearl Solomon. Christopher Dromey served as the Publications Chair. In addition to 35 oral and 88 poster presentations, the meeting featured two special topics and a panel discussion. Presenters were encouraged to submit their projects to be considered for publication in JSLHR and AJSLP, roughly corresponding to whether the study concerned (a) theoretical aspects of normal or disordered speech motor control or (b) the nature and clinical management of motor speech disorders, respectively.

The content of these two special issues represents the hottest research trends in the literature on speech motor control as it applies to normal and disordered speech production in children and adults. Several articles examined patients’ perspective on their motor speech disorders and factors associated with their communicative participation (Page, Siegel, & Jog, 2017 [AJSLP]; Yorkston, Baylor, & Britton, 2017 [AJSLP]; Yorkston, Baylor, & Mach, 2017 [JSLHR]). Papers on principles of motor learning addressed practice schedules (Wambaugh et al., 2017 [JSLHR]), external versus internal cueing (Weir-Mayta et al., 2017 [AJSLP]), and feedback frequency (Steinberg Lowe & Buchwald, 2017 [JSLHR]). The JSLHR issue included work on the generalized motor program theory (Meigh, 2017 [JSLHR]) and the effect of delayed auditory feedback on speech kinematics (Cler, Lee, Mittelman, Stepp, & Bohland, 2017 [JSLHR]). Whitfield and Goberman, 2017 (JSLHR) demonstrated deficits at the automatization phase of motor learning in Parkinson disease. Technological advances for the assessment (Berry, Kolb, Schroeder, & Johnson, 2017 [AJSLP]) and treatment of motor speech disorders (Cler, Mittelman, Braden, Woodnorth, & Stepp, 2017 [JSLHR]; McAllister Byun et al., 2017 [JSLHR]; Perry, Richburg, Pomahac, Bueno, & Green, 2017 [AJSLP]; Yunusova et al., 2017 [JSLHR]) were in the spotlight in both journals. Other common themes included differential diagnosis as well as perceptual and acoustic features of apraxia of speech and dysarthria (Buchwald, Gagnon, & Miozzo, 2017 [JSLHR]; Bailey, Blomgren, DeLong, Berggren, & Wambaugh, 2017 [AJSLP]; Bislick, McNeil, Spencer, Yorkston, & Kendall, 2017 [AJSLP]; Haley, Jacks, Richardson, & Wambaugh, 2017 [AJSLP]; Maas & Mailend, 2017 [AJSLP]; Mauszycki, Bailey, & Wambaugh, 2017 [AJSLP]; Nip, Arias, Morita, & Richardson, 2017 [JSLHR]), and stimulability and cueing to improve speech production abilities in adults and children (Levy, Chang, Ancelle, & McAuliffe, 2017 [JSLHR]; Tjaden & Martel-Sauvageau, 2017 [AJSLP]).

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References

Bailey, D. J., Blomgren, M., DeLong, C., Berggren, K., & Wambaugh, J. L. (2017). Quantification and systematic characterization of stuttering-like disfluencies in acquired apraxia of speech. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 641–648. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0108

Berry, J., Kolb, A., Schroeder, J., & Johnson, M. T. (2017). Jaw rotation in dysarthria measured with a single electromagnetic articulography sensor. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 596–610. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0104

Bislick, L., McNeil, M., Spencer, K. A., Yorkston, K., & Kendall, D. L. (2017). The nature of error consistency in individuals with acquired apraxia of speech and aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 611–630. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0080

Buchwald, A., Gagnon, B., & Miozzo, M. (2017). Identification and remediation of phonological and motor errors in acquired sound production impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1726–1738. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0240

Campbell, T. F., & Yunusova, Y. (2017). Cutting-edge technology for speech rehabilitation. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1798–1799. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-17-0073

Cler, G. J., Lee, J. C., Mittelman, T., Stepp, C. E., & Bohland, J. W. (2017). Kinematic analysis of speech sound sequencing errors induced by delayed auditory feedback. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1695–1711. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0234

Cler, G. J., Mittelman, T., Braden, M. N., Woodnorth, G. H., & Stepp, C. E. (2017). Video game rehabilitation of velopharyngeal dysfunction: A case series. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1800–1809. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0231

Haley, K. L., Jacks, A., Richardson, J. D., & Wambaugh, J. L. (2017). Perceptually salient sound distortions and apraxia of speech: A performance continuum. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 631–640. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0103

Levy, E. S., Chang, Y. M., Ancelle, J. A., & McAuliffe, M. J. (2017). Acoustic and perceptual consequences of speech cues for children with dysarthria. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1766–1779. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0274

Maas, E., & Mailend, M.-J. (2017). Fricative contrast and coarticulation in children with and without speech sound disorders. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 649–663. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0110

Mauszycki, S. C., Bailey, D. J., & Wambaugh, J. L. (2017). Acquired apraxia of speech: The relationship between awareness of errors in word productions and treatment outcomes. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 664–673. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0111

McAllister Byun, T., Campbell, H., Carey, H., Liang, W., Park, T. H., & Svirsky, M. (2017). Enhancing intervention for residual rhotic errors via app-delivered biofeedback: A case study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1810–1817. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0248

Meigh, K. M. (2017). A novel investigation of generalized motor program theory: Syllable stress as a motor-class variable. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1685–1694. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0247

Nip, I. S. B., Arias, C. R., Morita, K., & Richardson, H. (2017). Initial observations of lingual movement characteristics of children with cerebral palsy. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1780–1790. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0239

Page, A. D., Siegel, L., & Jog, M. (2017). Self-rated communication-related quality of life of individuals with oromandibular dystonia receiving botulinum toxin injections. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 674–681. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0098

Perry, B. J., Richburg, B. D., Pomahac, B., Bueno, E. M., & Green, J. R. (2017). The effects of lip-closure exercise on lip strength and function following full facial transplantation: A case report. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 682–686. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0101

Steinberg Lowe, M., & Buchwald, A. (2017). The impact of feedback frequency on performance in a novel speech motor learning task. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1712–1725. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0207

Tjaden, K., & Martel-Sauvageau, V. (2017). Consonant acoustics in Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis: Comparison of clear and loud speaking conditions. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 569–582. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0090

Wambaugh, J. L., Nessler, C., Wright, S., Mauszycki, S. C., DeLong, C., Berggren, K., & Bailey, D. J. (2017). Effects of blocked and random practice schedule on outcomes of sound production treatment for acquired apraxia of speech: Results of a group investigation. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1739–1751. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0249

Weir-Mayta, P., Spencer, K. A., Eadie, T. L., Yorkston, K. M., Savaglio, S., & Woollcott, C. (2017). Internally versus externally cued speech in Parkinson’s disease and cerebellar disease. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 583–595. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0109

Whitfield, J. A., & Goberman, A. M. (2017). Speech motor sequence learning: Effect of Parkinson disease and normal aging on dual-task performance. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1752–1765. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0246

Yorkston, K., Baylor, C., & Britton, D. (2017). Speech versus speaking: The experiences of people with Parkinson’s disease and implications for intervention. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2S), 561–568. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0087

Yorkston, K., Baylor, C., & Mach, H. (2017). Factors associated with communicative participation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1791–1797. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0206

Yunusova, Y., Kearney, E., Kulkarni, M., Haworth, B., Baljko, M. & Faloutsos, P. (2017). Game-based augmented visual feedback for enlarging speech movements in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(6S), 1818–1825. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0233

About the Authors

Nancy Pearl Solomon, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is a Research Speech Pathologist in the National Military Audiology & Speech Pathology Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park; an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC; and an  Adjunct Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD .

Yana Yunusova, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at University of Toronto, an Associate Scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and a Senior Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.