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  • Rapid Syllable Transition Treatment: ReST

    A treatment for childhood apraxia of speech (CAS, dyspraxia) which aims to address the three core features of the disorder. ReST deliberately avoids real words, and because the semantic system is not engaged in the nonsense words, the child is required to compile a new motor plan without the assistance or interference of the semantic system on each attempt.

  • Rapid Motor Imitation Antecedent training (RMIA)

    Motor Imitation Antecedent (RMIA) therapy uses the principles of behaviorism to help nonverbal children with autism acquire first words. It involves teaching children to imitate a series of simple movements (such as clap, tap foot, touch head, touch nose, touch mouth) very quickly.

    Evidence Rating: Indicative

  • Psycholinguistic framework

    The Psycholinguistic Framework (Stackhouse & Wells, 1997) is a tool for speech and language therapists who are working with children who have unclear speech. It is a model to help therapists understand how a child is processing speech, which can then be used as a way of analysing how a child is saying particular words and sounds. This can be used as a basis for planning therapy.

    Evidence Rating: Moderate

  • Pre-teaching vocabulary

    PTV provides a principled, evidenced approach for demonstrating, modelling and teaching children how to learn new words in order to promote independent word learning. It aims to support and scaffold the naturalistic way teachers already discuss new words in their classrooms by providing a structured pathway for word learning, ensuring children learn the words well enough to understand and use them effectively.

    Evidence Rating: Indicative

  • Pre-school Autism Communication Therapy (PACT)

    Preschool Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) is an intervention programme designed to help the development of social communication and language skills of children aged 2-7 years who have autism, or a related social communication disorder. It can be used with non-verbal children as well as with children who are in the early stages of their language development.

  • Picture exchange communication system

    Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was originally developed for children with autism to improve their communication skills (Bondy and Frost, 1994). It is specifically designed for the children to communicate with picture cards but with little or no spoken language and is a specific, manualised intervention.

    Evidence Rating: Moderate

  • Phoneme factory

    Phoneme Factory is a suite of seven computerised activities including sound symbol matching, rhyming, blending, minimal pair discrimination. They are designed to increase children’s processing of speech sound skills leading to changes in the child’s speech sound (phonological) system.

    Evidence Rating: Moderate

  • Parents and Children Together (PACT)

    PACT is a programme of therapy for young children, aged 3 to 6, with speech sound difficulties, which is an approach that can be used by speech and language therapists. During therapy the speech and language therapist (SLT) involves parents and significant others, possibly including teachers.

    Evidence Rating: Indicative

  • Family-centred Practice

    The aim of FCP is to use increased parental involvement in their children’s speech and language therapy (SLT) to enhance SLT outcomes for children’s expressive and receptive language, as well as increase parental satisfaction with SLT.

    Evidence Rating: Moderate