Evidence-based practice for children with speech sound disorders: Part 2 application to clinical practice

Elise Baker, Sharynne McLeod

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Purpose: This article provides both a tutorial and a clinical example of how speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can conduct evidence-based practice (EBP) when working with children with speech sound disorders (SSDs). It is a companion paper to the narrative review of 134 intervention studies for children who have an SSD (Baker & McLeod, 2011). Method: A seven-step EBP decision-making process is presented for managing SSDs in children (drawing on the work of Dollaghan, 2007, and Gillam & Gillam, 2006). We describe how SLPs can integrate externally published evidence with evidence from clinical practice as well as client factors, values, and preferences, to make clinical decisions. An organized EBP network is described as a clinical example of the application of the EBP decision-making process. Results: Compared with a matched and national sample, SLPs in the EBP network were more likely to read relevant articles and tended to have more confidence in research evidence and in their own ability to select intervention targets based on published research. Conclusion: SLPs need to use their clinical expertise to integrate research findings with the constraints and complexities of everyday clinical practice and client factors, values, and preferences in their management of SSDs in children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-151
Number of pages12
JournalLanguage, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


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