208: Biofeedback Treatment for Persistent /r/ Distortions with Tara McAllister

Biofeedback Treatment for Persistent /r/ Distortions with Tara McAllister


Do you have students who really struggle with the /r/ sound? 

R distortions can be tricky! Clinically, it’s a huge challenge for many SLPs to work with. So in this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Tara McAllister to talk about how we can use biofeedback to improve treatment for persistent issues with the /r/ sound. 

Tara McAllister, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University. She conducts NIH-funded research on technology-enhanced treatment methods for persistent speech sound disorder. 

Since 2014, Dr. McAllister has overseen the development of the staRt app for visual-acoustic biofeedback, which aims to make biofeedback technology widely and inexpensively available. 


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • The power biofeedback has to help kids struggling with /r/ distortions
  • How biofeedback works and how we can use it with our students
  • Why the /r/ sound is such a struggle for so many students
  • How to get access to biofeedback tools in your school
  • Some success stories from clinicians using biofeedback for their students
  • Tips for struggling SLPs to improve outcomes in students with these distortions


I know /r/distortions can be such a struggle, but biofeedback can be a huge help! To get started using these tools, check out the app, visit the website, and follow Bits Lab Start on Instagram! 

Learn more from Tara and others at our March 9th virtual conference!  You’ll get 6 hours of relevant and practical PD for SLPs, SLPAs, CFs, and more! Grab your spot now at speechretreat.com!


Biofeedback Treatment for Persistent /r/ Distortions with Tara McAllister


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