The Speech Motor Chaining web application is designed for speech-language clinicians who treat motor-based speech sound disorders, including articulation impairments, residual speech errors, speech errors associated with mild-moderate childhood apraxia of speech, and adults with aquired apraxia of speech.
The Speech Motor Chaining web application enables users to create client profiles, configure treatment parameters, select treatment targets, and record session performance. Speech Motor Chaining is available in two forms: the web version and the entirely free Microsoft Excel version.
In the future, we may need to begin charging website users a minimal annual fee so we can pay for upkeep of the website. This ensures that Speech Motor Chaining is available for years to come as a reliable treatment tool. Neither the Speech Production Lab nor Syracuse University make a profit from Speech Motor Chaining.
About Speech Motor Chaining
"Speech Motor Chaining helps my students generalize their sounds quickly. My students love saying their target sounds with different intonations - they think it's really fun!" - Alexis C.
Speech Motor Chaining guides the clinician in navigating the multiple decisions needed to take a client from establishment to generalization. The treatment automatically adjusts practice difficulty based on a client’s performance during the session, by adapting these principles of motor learning:
- Linguistic complexity of the practice trial (from syllables to sentences)
- Ordered or random grouping of trials
- Prosodic variation of trials
- Amount of clinician feedback
- Amount of detail in the clincian's feedback
- Amount of self-monitoring
The Speech Production Lab
We are a team of speech-language pathologists and researchers at Syracuse University dedicated to improving evidence-based practice for speech sound disorders.
Jonathan L. Preston, PhD CCC-SLPDirector
Jon is an internationally-recognized researcher in Speech Sound Disorders and the chief scientist behind Speech Motor Chaining.
Megan C. Leece, MA CCC-SLPResearch SLP/Lab Manager
Megan is a certified speech-language pathologist with extensive clinical expertise in speech sound disorder intervention as well as research expertise in clinical trials.
Molly Beiting, PhD CCC-SLPPost Doctoral Researcher
Molly is a certified speech-language pathologist and pediatric speech researcher with special interests in childhood apraxia of speech and autism.
Nina R. Benway, PhD CCC-SLPResearch Scientist
Nina is a certified speech-language pathologist with expertise in clinical speech technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Nicole Caballero, MS CCC-SLPPhD Student
Nicole is a certified speech-language pathologist and PhD student. Her research interests include speech sound disorders, particularly the assessment and treatment of children with childhood apraxia of speech.
Benedette Herbst, MS CCC-SLPPhD Student
Benny is a certified speech-language pathologist researching how Speech Motor Chaining can be used in different service delivery models.