Whether you’re pro or con, are you aware of how the oral motor controversy started? It’s important. Ultimately, the controversy was initiated with one journal article. Up to that time oral motor was at the “debate” level.
Have you ever worked with a child with a significant speech sound delay but was unsure if the child’s speech was apraxic or dysarthric but you knew something “motoric” was going on? Yes? You’re not alone.
The “NSOME” controversy has spawned a major storm. It started in the late ‘90s with a few groundswells that perpetually grew into a full-blownperfect storm. I’ve never seen anything like it in the speech pathology world—a world I love.
I’m knee deep in journal articles and books on muscles, sensation, and brain-stuff, and I’m arduously going through it all to write an updated view about oral motor for therapists from a therapist’s perspective.
Teachers in my last elementary school were unhappy with their reading curriculum and were doggedly focused on finding something better. Turns out, this is not an uncommon occurrence in many schools. Maybe even yours.
Squeezing in time to find, read, interpret, and figure out how to apply the results of research articles is difficult at best. If you have the same conundrum, I hope this once-a-month Research Review helps fill your needs. This is a good one.