Feasibility of a Proactive Parent-Implemented Communication Intervention Delivered via Telepractice for Children With Classic Galactosemia

Lizbeth H. Finestack, Nancy Potter, Mark Vandam, Nancy Scherer, Linda Eng, Beate Peter, Jennifer Davis, Laurel Bruce

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Abstract

Purpose: This study evaluated the feasibility of Babble Boot Camp (BBC) for use with infants with classic galactosemia (CG) starting at less than 6 months of age. BBC is a parent-implemented intervention delivered by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) entirely via telepractice with the potential to increase access to early preventative interventions. We evaluated BBC feasibility based on acceptability, implementation, and practicality. Method: We obtained data from 16 parents of infants with CG (mean age at enrollment = 3.38 months) involved in a large randomized clinical trial of BBC. BBC uses a teach–model–coach–review approach to provide parents with strategies to support their child’s communication development. Families completed, on average, eighty-one 15-min sessions over a 20-month intervention period. We drew data from surveys completed by parents at the end of the intervention period, intervention logs maintained by the SLPs, and intervention fidelity checks completed by research assistants. Results: Data drawn from parent surveys, intervention logs, and intervention fidelity checks revealed high parent acceptability, high rates of completion and compliance, and low costs in terms of parent and clinician time. Conclusion: Results suggest that BBC is feasible for families of infants with CG, warranting further examination of BBC across a broader range of children with CG as well as other infants who are at predictable risk for speech and language impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2527-2538
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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