Target Selection

presented by Lynn Williams

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Recent advances in the clinical management of SSD in children point to the important role of target selection in treatment outcomes. In fact, there is some evidence that what you choose to work on in intervention is just as important as how you address the goal in intervention. The construct of learnability in phonological intervention will be discussed with regard to three different approaches to target selection. Alternatives to developmental norms will be presented for achieving the greatest phonological change in the least amount of time.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Speech-language pathologist Dr. Lynn Williams is a clinical scientist with interests in models of assessment and intervention of communication disorders in children, and translational research and implementation science. Dr. Williams’ research focus is primarily with children with speech sound disorders, with corollaries of this research interest that address emergent literacy skills for children living in poverty, the impact of communication disabilities on children’s life activities, and social and cultural aspects of communication disorders in children. She is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences at East Tennessee State University and a Professor in the Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology. As an international expert on intervention for speech sound disorders in children, she has secured $1.5 million in competitive grants; developed resources to facilitate speech-language pathologists’ implementation of intervention (e.g., created the Sound Contrasts in Phonology (SCIP) software program, 2006; 2016), and has a strong track record of over 175 publications (books, book chapters, peer reviewed articles) and presentations. Dr. Williams is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is currently serving as ASHA Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology (2016-2018).

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Approaches to Target Selection

    1. Approaches to Target Selection

    Dr. Williams will teach you how to evaluate traditional and phonological approaches to, and the influence of phonological complexity on target selection. You will be able to determine target selection using distance metrics and compare and contrast target selection approaches and identify IEP goals.

  2. Developmental Norms

    2. Developmental Norms

    In chapter 2 you will understand the history and significance of residual errors for phenomes and Evaluate methods for selecting challenging targets for interventions. Dr. Williams will compare and contrast high and low challenge targets.