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(#40) How to Do the Two Carryover Phases of the ORP (Part 3b)

by Charlotte Boshart | 11 December, 2018 |

The Timeline Phase is the first of the two carryover phases. Timeline oral resting posture practice requires him to pause, focus on his mouth, and assume positions with his lips, tongue, jaw, and nose that are new and unfamiliar.

(#39) Step-by-Step ORP Prep-Phase Therapy (Part 3a)

by Charlotte Boshart | 04 December, 2018 |

The process of developing and establishing a child’s speech pattern may also be dependent on changing and establishing a new oral resting posture. The two are inextricably connected. Here's why....

(#38) A Step-by-Step ORP Analysis Guide (Part 2)

by Charlotte Boshart | 19 November, 2018 |

“If I just stim the speech sound and the child makes it, do I still need to do oral resting posture therapy?”  To make that determination, analyze the child’s lips, tongue, and jaw and make sure they are in their optimum positions to facilitate good speech contacts.

(#37) Eight Reasons Why the ORP is Influential in Speech Sound Therapy (Part 1)

by Charlotte Boshart | 13 November, 2018 |

What would you think of I said that “carryover”—one of the biggest challenges in our profession, and something we do toward the end of our therapy—is best addressed at the beginning and throughout therapy? Crazy?  I don’t think so....

(#36) Coloring: A New Therapy-Twist on an Old Favorite

by Charlotte Boshart | 06 November, 2018 |

Coloring? Yes, coloring! Crayons even smell like childhood to me. And although coloring has taken a backseat to touch screen devices, kids still love to color.  I say, bring out the coloring activities and crayons whenever you can.

(#35) Speech and Mouth Breathing: What SLPs Need to Know

by Charlotte Boshart | 30 October, 2018 |

Many of us look at a child and ask ourselves—knowingly or unknowingly--if the child's cranio-facial-nasal-oral differences are impacting his/her speech development and/or remediation?  Hmmm....

(#34) Echo-Reading: Story+Imitation+Verbal Expression Techniques

by Charlotte Boshart | 23 October, 2018 |

Echo-reading a great technique to use in therapy--especially when you have a group of kids each with their own needs and goals. That scenario typically presents a bit of a challenge, but when doing this brand of “echo-reading” it’s a breeze!

(#33) Who Wants a Helpful Halloween Activity? [a fun language task]

by Charlotte Boshart | 16 October, 2018 |

No time to create helpful (and fun) Halloween activities for your language kids?  You have one now!  This week, I’ve created language activities around one of the “Scary Tales.”

(#32) Top-Ten Tips for "TH" [unique features and therapy strategies]

by Charlotte Boshart | 09 October, 2018 |

“Th” looks easy to say and remediate, but it isn’t. Once a substituted movement pattern has been established, it’s difficult to replace. But not impossible!

(#31) The Ultimate Guide to Puh-Tuh-Kuh

by Charlotte Boshart | 02 October, 2018 |

Puh-tuh-kuh is making a come-back!  Actually for me, it never really left.  I've always like doing repetitive syllable analysis with my therapy-kids because I glean so much information from it.  Here's a new twist on an old favorite to analyze mouth movements.

(#30) Pause: A Therapy Strategy for All Children

by Charlotte Boshart | 25 September, 2018 |

On The Speech Link, Anna Vagin shared techniques for social learning using YouTube animations; love it. Then I asked her to share her favorite “therapy nugget.” Wow, it was really good.  Then, I remembered my recent interview with Pat Mervine, and she said the same thing.... 

(#29) Two Tasks to get the Back-Tongue Moving

by Charlotte Boshart | 18 September, 2018 |

Do you have a first grader (or even a third grader) that says /t/ for /k/ and /d/ for /g/?  Seems like there's always one child that hangs on to his/her fronting and won’t let go. Frequently, they're tough to remediate.  But it is possible, and here's how....