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A Music-Based Online Intervention to Support Early Communication Development: Evidence From a Team-Based Approach (PD102904)

Presenter(s): Hayoung Lim, PhD; Erica M Ellis, PhD, CCC-SLP; David Sonnenschein, MFA
Course Description

In this presentation, a multidisciplinary team including an SLP, Music Therapist and Edtech developer describes the creation of Sing and Speak 4 Kids (SS4Kids), an innovative music-based program to support speech and language development in young children with various impairments. In describing the research and clinical background of SS4Kids, the team explains the lessons learned, including the dynamics, challenges, and successes over 15 years to develop a successful evidence-based online program for integrated professional and in-home facilitation. The presentation discusses in-program progress tracking, quantitative data graphics, focus group, and user feedback, and includes video examples of program usage. Presenters discuss clinical implementation and implications.

Content disclosure: This presentation focuses on the online, music-based intervention, Sing and Speak 4 Kids (SS4K).

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 ASHA Convention Virtual Library (session 5033V).

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Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify components of music to support intervention for speech and language development
  • Describe several advantages, disadvantages, challenges, and solutions to providing intervention supports in an online environment
  • List three  ways professionals and caregivers can collaborate effectively in an online environment

Presenter Information

Dr. Hayoung Lim, PhD, is a professor of music therapy, and director of Music Therapy Clinic at Oral Roberts University. She is a Licensed Professional Music Therapist by the state of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on music therapy for children with ASD and patients with neurologic disorders, music-based memory training for dementia, and music-centered psychotherapy. Dr. Lim is editor-in-chief of Journal of Scholarship of Teaching & Learning for Christians in Higher Education, and Director of Science of Sing & Speak 4 Kids.

Financial Disclosures:

  • None

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Volunteer role as Director of Science at for Sing and Speak 4 Kids

Dr. Erica Ellis, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Cal State LA. She studies early language development and disorders, influences of environmental factors in development, and interventions related to parent and caregiver coaching. She is also the Cal State LA NSSLHA Chapter advisor, working to support students and evaluate programs related to CSD teaching and learning.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Consulting fees from IQSonics and the IES/Department of Education SBIR grant funding for the research presented

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Former advisory board member for IQSonics

David Sonnenschein received his BA in neurobiology and music from U.C.S.D. and his MFA in cinema/TV from U.S.C. He is the Founder and CEO of iQsonics, an Edtech/mHealth researcher and developer of musical games that enhance cognitive, social, and creative skills. David is author of “Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema,” and has taught in international conferences, universities, and professional institutes. His musical career spans symphony clarinetist, jazz, world music, and didgeridoo sound healing.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Grant funds from California State Governors Office and IES/U.S. Department of Education 
  • Patent and IP rights holder for Sing and Speak 4 Kids
  • Owner, Founder, and CEO of IQSONICS LLC

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Conference presentations and workshops about music-based speech-language development with Council for Exceptional Children - Division of Early Childhood, California Infant Development Association, Children's Hospital of Orange County Thompson Autism Center, Southern California Chapter of the California Association for the Education of Young Children, American Music Therapy Association, and International Association for Music & Medicine
  • Member of Santa Monica Malibu Early Childhood Task Force, Building Blocks for Kindergarten, and SPA2 - Council for Family Well-Being

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: November 2022
End date: February 27, 2029

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 0.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.05
Item #(s): PD102904
Available Through: February 27, 2029