One of my favorite vendors, Talk Tools, is having a sale on their continuing education courses! 50% off!!!!!! Talk Tools is a company that specializes in oral motor and feeding difficulties that are impacting speech and eating. I took took two of their videos on demand courses: A three-part treatment plan for oral placement therapy and Feeding therapy: a sensory motor approach. These courses changed my approach to therapy and drastically improved my patients progress toward discharge.
Both of these courses were recommended to me by a speech-language pathologist who has her specialization in feeding on her licensure. I listened to these courses when doing laundry at home. Maybe you too have time to listen in while washing dishes, doing laundry, or tiding up your home? I will say, be prepared to grab a cup of coffee or tea when you get to the demonstrations and recommendations. I even watched certain parts of the videos repeatedly.
On a personal note, I was so thankful I had access to the oral motor course when my son Devyn was born. I completed several of the exercises after his tongue tie was repaired. More on tongue ties later!
I will say, I enjoyed the courses so much and appreciated the systematic approaches toward interventions, that I bought three books. I highly recommend: Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding with the Homework Book and A Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding.
Speech-language pathologists, you may have heard or even have been taught at the graduate level that there is not much research on oral motor therapy, it is not evidenced based, and/or it’s not important to work on in therapy. Hold up! Do physical therapists or occupational therapists work on muscle strengthening, range of motion, and muscle grading? It that work evidenced based? Do we have jaw muscles, lip muscles, and is the tongue a muscle? Why wouldn’t there be much research on whether improving oral motor muscle strength, range of motion, and muscle grading affecting speech and feeding? Oh wait, there is research!
Leave comments below on your observations of using oral motor therapy and or using sensory motor approaches in therapy. If you are a parent, what differences do you see? If your therapists, isn’t using these techniques, what are you looking for? What are your concerns? Would love to hear your feedback!