The Modified Tongue-Anchor Technique as a Screening Test for Velopharyngeal Inadequacy A Reassessment Reports
Reports  |   August 01, 1990
The Modified Tongue-Anchor Technique as a Screening Test for Velopharyngeal Inadequacy
 
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Reports   |   August 01, 1990
The Modified Tongue-Anchor Technique as a Screening Test for Velopharyngeal Inadequacy
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1990, Vol. 55, 510-515. doi:10.1044/jshd.5503.510
History: Received June 14, 1989 , Accepted November 20, 1989
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1990, Vol. 55, 510-515. doi:10.1044/jshd.5503.510
History: Received June 14, 1989; Accepted November 20, 1989

Pressure-flow assessment of velopharyngeal (v-p) orifice size was used to test the accuracy with which tongue-anchor task results categorize patients differing in v-p adequacy status. The results indicate that this screening task was fairly accurate in identifying patients with v-p adequacy as defined by aerodynamic assessment (specificity=0.85). It was not quite as accurate in correctly categorizing patients with inadequacy (sensitivity=0.78). The predictive power of this screening test and its utility in a school setting are discussed.

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