Does Training Non-speech Oral Movements Facilitate Speech Sound Production in Children with Motor Speech Disorders?

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Does Training Non-speech Oral Movements Facilitate Speech Sound Production in Children with Motor Speech Disorders?

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by Thomas Campbell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD There are precious few data available to support the notion that training non-speech oral movements facilitates the speech-sound production abilities of children with motor speech disorders. However, there are many advocates on both sides of this issue. Although there has been a proliferation of motor training programs for sale that are replete with specialized equipment and food textures, none provide treatment efficacy or outcome data that show improvement in the speech production abilities of speech disordered children. Emerging data from various research groups across the country suggest that the physiological mechanisms that control non-speech and speech movements are quite different. A number of researchers have argued that different motor tasks involve task-specific control strategies and that it is inappropriate to use non-speech motor tasks as window into speech motor control processes. Nevertheless, many clinicians continue to employ

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