Many children are capable of remediating articulation disorders much more quickly when treatment sessions are increased in frequency. In fact, I have found that many children with isolated sound errors can be remediated approximately 10X more quickly when the frequency of treatment sessions is increased. Unfortunately, the "Quick Fix" method is rarely used (or even offered) by speech-language pathologists, perhaps due to the difficulty of scheduling. Nevertheless, it is a remarkably efficient program that I like to use with my clients when possible, such as when a student is "off track" from school and has daytime availability for scheduling sessions.
Here is a recent example of how my Quick Fix program works when compared to traditional articulation treatment: A 7-year old female attended my traditional articulation treatment sessions for R and SH, 1-2x/week for 10 months. In contrast, a 6-year old female "Quick Fix" client came to me for rapid remediation of R and L," 5-6x/week for 3 weeks. Both clients made steady progress that was directly related to their treatment intensity. However, the 6-year old in the intensive "Quick Fix" program was released after 20 visits over 3 weeks, compared to the 7-year old's 55 visits over 40 weeks. Clearly the most time- and cost-effective system is to use a rapid remediation program, which is why I now use the Quick Fix program with every eligible student in my private practice.
I have seen very exciting results since launching my Quick Fix in Speech Therapy program, which is designed for clients with isolated articulation errors (particularly ages 7+). I would love to see more children benefit from this highly-effective program!
-Jayna Collingridge, M.S., CCC-SLP