Sheila Robson

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AIM The aim of this study was to investigate if intervention targeting breath support, phonation, and speech rate increases speech intelligibility and participation in the conversational interactions of younger children with dysarthria and cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD Fifteen children with dysarthria and CP (nine males, six females; age range 5-11 y, mean(More)
BACKGROUND Children with motor impairments often have the motor speech disorder dysarthria, a condition which effects the tone, power and coordination of any or all of the muscles used for speech. Resulting speech difficulties can range from mild, with slightly slurred articulation and low-pitched voice, to profound, with an inability to produce any(More)
AIM To investigate whether speech therapy using a speech systems approach to controlling breath support, phonation, and speech rate can increase the speech intelligibility of children with dysarthria and cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD Sixteen children with dysarthria and CP participated in a modified time series design. Group characteristics were as follows:(More)
PURPOSE This study aimed to investigate the association between listeners' ratings of how much effort it took to understand the speech of young people with cerebral palsy and the percentage of words listeners actually understood. METHOD Thirty-one young people with dysarthria and cerebral palsy (16 males, 15 females; mean age = 11 years, SD = 3) were(More)
OBJECTIVE We examined whether perceived voice quality is altered in a group of children with cerebral palsy (CP) following an intervention focusing on respiration and phonation, and whether possible improvements might be associated with increased intelligibility levels. METHODS Sixteen individuals with CP and dysarthria (9 girls, mean age 14 years, SD =(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the prevalence of total quality culture (TQC) within radiation therapy (RT) departments across Ontario, Canada. METHODS A prospective quantitative survey was distributed within RT departments across Ontario, Canada using the Miller Consulting Group Quality Culture survey. FINDINGS Ninety percent of managers (9/10) and 50% of(More)
Objective: We examined whether perceived voice quality is altered in a group of children with cerebral palsy (CP) following an intervention focusing on respiration and phonation, and whether possible improvements might be associated with increased intelligibility levels. Methods: Sixteen individuals with CP and dysarthria (nine girls, mean age 14 years, SD(More)
PURPOSE To examine whether treatment workload and complexity associated with palliative radiation therapy contribute to medical errors. METHODS AND MATERIALS In the setting of a large academic health sciences center, patient scheduling and record and verification systems were used to identify patients starting radiation therapy. All records of radiation(More)