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.
Has a child ever walked into your therapy room and he sounded 10 times worse than he did last week? Chances are he's been fitted with a palatal expander. So, now what? Sometimes the answer is obvious, but sometimes it isn't.
I’m changing things just a bit. Starting next week the topics will be more organized and designated. But, as always, the objective is to share practical info and ideas that you can apply with your therapy-kids.
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.
“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.
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....
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.