Oral Motor Exercises and Treatment Outcomes Some speech-language pathologists use oral motor exercises because they believe these exercises will facilitate speech sound acquisition in children who have articulation/phonological disorders and/or developmental apraxia of speech (DAS). They also use them to stimulate language development in those with late onset of speech. The use of these exercises has ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2003
Oral Motor Exercises and Treatment Outcomes
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  • Gregory L. Lof
    Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston
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Speech, Voice & Prosody / Treatment Outcomes
Article   |   April 01, 2003
Oral Motor Exercises and Treatment Outcomes
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, April 2003, Vol. 10, 7-11. doi:10.1044/lle10.1.7
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, April 2003, Vol. 10, 7-11. doi:10.1044/lle10.1.7
Some speech-language pathologists use oral motor exercises because they believe these exercises will facilitate speech sound acquisition in children who have articulation/phonological disorders and/or developmental apraxia of speech (DAS). They also use them to stimulate language development in those with late onset of speech. The use of these exercises has been the subject of considerable debate because of theoretical, empirical, and/or philosophical reasons. This paper will
  1. Describe the functioning of the oral structures during speech and nonspeech activities,

  2. Examine the value of strengthening exercises for speech,

  3. Evaluate whether non-speech tasks are relevant to improving speech, and

  4. Review treatment studies that have used oral motor exercises for speech sound production improvements.

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