Clinical practice of childhood apraxia of speech in Hong Kong: A web-based survey study

Eddy C.H. Wong, Min N. Wong, Shelley L. Velleman

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Background A survey study on clinical practice not only provides insight into the implementation of knowledge, but also informs future investigations. There is a limited understanding of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) in Cantonese speakers. This study examined the clinical practice of CAS in Hong Kong and discussed future directions of research for better evidence-based practice. Methods Qualified Hong Kong pediatric speech-language pathologists (SLPs) completed the online questionnaire, which had a total of 48 questions regarding their knowledge of and experience with CAS in Cantonese speakers, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Results Seventy-seven responses were received from Hong Kong SLPs. Most of the SLPs (83.2%) rated their understanding of CAS as either "a little"or "fair". About half (53.2%) of the respondents had worked with children with CAS. No standardized assessment or objective/quantitative measures were used clinically. Instead, seven assessment tasks, including imitation of polysyllabic words and speech and language samples were used commonly. Perceptual judgment of clinical features is still the most popular approach for diagnosis, with a variety of lists in use. Of concern was that, in addition to using some evidence-based approaches, local SLPs treated CAS using approaches that have limited evidence, in the context of less treatment frequency, targeting both speech and language skills within the same session, and with only partial implementation of the approaches. Conclusions The results suggest that the understanding of CAS among local SLPs requires attention. One reason for this is that evidence regarding the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of Cantonese speakers with CAS is still limited. Future investigations are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0284109
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2023

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