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The relationship between feeding and non-nutritive sucking behaviours and speech sound development: A systematic review

Burr, Samantha; Harding, Sam; Wren, Yvonne; Deave, Toity

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Samantha Burr

Sam Harding

Yvonne Wren

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Toity Deave Toity.Deave@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Child & Family Health



Abstract

Background
Children with and without Speech Sound Disorders (SSD) are exposed to different patterns of infant feeding (breast/bottle feeding) and may or may not engage in non-nutritive sucking (NNS) (pacifier/digit sucking). Sucking and speech use similar oral musculature and structures, therefore it is possible that early sucking patterns may impact early speech sound development. The objective of this review is to synthesise the current evidence on the influence of feeding and NNS on the speech sound development of healthy full-term children.

Summary
Electronic databases (Pubmed, NHS CRD, EMBASE, MEDLINE) were searched using terms specific to feeding, NNS and speech sound development. All methodologies were considered. Studies were assessed for inclusion and quality by two reviewers. Of 1031 initial results, 751 records were screened and five primary studies were assessed for eligibility, four of which were included in the review. Evidence from the available literature on the relationship between feeding, NNS and speech sound development was inconsistent and inconclusive. An association between NNS duration and SSDs was the most consistent finding, reported by three of the four studies. Quality appraisal was carried out using the Appraisal Tool for Cross-Sectional Studies (AXIS). The included studies were found to be of moderate quality.

Key Messages
This review found there is currently limited evidence on the relationship between feeding, NNS and speech sound development.. Exploring this unclear relationship is important because of the overlapping physical mechanisms for feeding, NNS and speech production, and therefore the possibility that feeding and/or sucking behaviours may have the potential to impact on speech sound development. Further high-quality research into specific types of SSD using coherent clinically relevant assessment measures is needed to clarify the nature of the association between feeding, NNS and speech sound development, in order to inform and support families and healthcare professionals.

Citation

Burr, S., Harding, S., Wren, Y., & Deave, T. (2021). The relationship between feeding and non-nutritive sucking behaviours and speech sound development: A systematic review. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 73(2), 75-88. https://doi.org/10.1159/000505266

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Dec 13, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2020
Publication Date Mar 1, 2021
Deposit Date Feb 11, 2020
Publicly Available Date Feb 11, 2021
Journal Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
Print ISSN 1021-7762
Electronic ISSN 1421-9972
Publisher Karger Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Issue 2
Pages 75-88
DOI https://doi.org/10.1159/000505266
Keywords Speech and Hearing; Linguistics and Language; LPN and LVN; Language and Linguistics
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/5352120

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This is the peer-reviewed but unedited manuscript version of the following article: Burr, S., Harding, S., Wren, Y., & Deave, T. (in press). The Relationship between Feeding and Non-Nutritive Sucking Behaviours and Speech Sound Development: A Systematic Review. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1159/000505266. The final, published version is available at http://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/505266.







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