Month: June 2008

The R Crisis

By Shanti McGinley

Q: My 12-year-old son cannot say R, however I am not so sure if that is the only problem. Many people do not understand him, a great crisis for him as he starts junior high this fall. He talks very fast. We tried a home program, but I really don’t know what I’m doing. Help! Your letter points directly to the articulation crisis occurring in this country: Many SLP’s are graduating from universities with absolutely no idea how to fix…

Orofacial Myology Information

By Shanti McGinley

Q: How can I find out about orofacial myofuctional therapy? Go to the website for the¬†International Association of Orofacial Myology. According to their website, “The IAOM provides information about Orofacial Myological disorders including: tongue thrust, improper mouth posture and incorrect swallowing patterns.”

Inhibiting Lip Interference During Phoneme Learning

By Shanti McGinley

Q: How do you get a client to stop puckering, pursing, retracting, and tensing the lips when learning R? To get rid of lip interference when working on R (or any other sound) you need a way to hold the lips back. The child can use his fingers or a Lip Retractor. Fingers: Have the client use his own fingers to pull back the lips.Have the client place one or two fingers inside his mouth at the corners of the…