Current Research Projects

The Once Upon a Time Foundation is proud to fund the following research on effective treatment for childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

The Effect of Treatment Intensity Using Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC)

in Childhood Apraxia of Speech Treatment

The principal investigator for this multi-site research study is Jonathan Preston, Ph.D. CCC-SLP (Syracuse University), with co-principal investigators Tricia McCabe, Ph.D. CPSP SFHEA FSPAA (University of Sydney) and Edwin Maas, Ph.D. (Temple University). This study will examine the effects of treatment intensity on speech outcomes for children with moderate to severe CAS by comparing groups of children receiving DTTC at different frequencies. The study aims to be one of the largest studies on CAS treatment to date, and as a randomized control trial, to provide the highest level of evidence. The Foundation’s goal for the study is to provide information to help parents and speech-language pathologists make informed decisions about therapy schedules to maximize progress for children with CAS. Information about how to participate will be posted once study recruitment and enrollment begins.

Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) – “Block” versus “Standard” Trial

The principal investigators for this multi-site research study are Elizabeth Murray, Ph.D., CPSP (University of Sydney, Remarkable Speech + Movement)  and Jenya Iuzzini-Seigel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Marquette University) with co-investigators Shelley Velleman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (University of Vermont) and Donna Thomas, Ph.D. CPSP, FHEO (University of Sydney). This study will examine the effects of length of therapy sessions on speech outcome measures. Children with moderate to severe childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) will receive DTTC in either standard service delivery or longer “blocks” of therapy. The goal of the pilot study is to provide key information for a randomized control trial (RCT) in the future. The Foundation’s goal for this project is to provide information to help parents and speech-language pathologists make informed decisions about length of therapy sessions to maximize progress for children with CAS. Information about how to participate in the pilot study will be posted once study recruitment and enrollment begins.