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Treating phoneme collapse with a Multiple Opposition Approach

March 12, 2018

Phoneme collapse sounds like a linguistic catastrophe, and in some ways, it is. A phoneme collapse means a child substitutes a single phoneme for multiple (sometimes 10 or more!) phonemes. This pattern is known to majorly impact intelligibility. It can also be difficult to treat, because, um, where do we even start?


Lee (2018) examined the effectiveness of the Multiple Opposition Approach (based on Williams (2000), among others) in treating extensive phoneme collapses in two children, ages 4 and 6. She also investigated a telepractice delivery model (extra side money, anyone?!), but this review will focus specifically on the treatment method…

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