Month: March 2009

Speech-Language Therapy Carryover Techniques

By Shanti McGinley

Q: What do you recommend to encourage carryover of articulation skills in an older child with a frontal lisp? Note: I am writing a book entitled Carryover Techniques in Articulation and Phonological Therapy which will elaborate on this answer in great detail. [EDIT: Book released 2010]. My book Frontal Lisp, Lateral Lisp has a full chapter on carryover techniques for the lisps including: Auditory Acceptance – The process a client goes through to accept the way his new sound sounds. Determination…

Worried Mom of Toddler

By Shanti McGinley

Q: I am a worried mom that is looking for some help. My son is 23 months. He’s been in speech therapy for about 2-1/2 months. We go twice a month for 30 minutes. He says no words and his sounds are limited. I suspect an oral motor disorder from the start, but the SLP is still just considering that as the problem. He has no difficulty eating, drinking or nursing. But he drools quite a bit, cannot use a…

Drooling – Young Children

By Shanti McGinley

Q: My 3-year-old son drools a lot. He had his tonsils and adenoids taken out recently. How can I get him to stop drooling? Kids drool a lot during the birth-to-three time frame. It’s very hard to say if this is a problem or not at this point, unless he has other significant developmental delays. Kids who drool too much do not swallow often enough. They also don’t keep their mouth closed when they shouldn’t have it open. Your child…

Elocution

By Shanti McGinley

Q: I was interested in gaining some additional information on elocution as you discussed in a recent seminar. “Elocution” refers to diction, pronunciation, and enunciation. “Elocution is the proper and graceful management of the voice, the countenance, and gesture in speaking” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BC Elocution is about speaking a little louder, speaking up, speaking out, holding the head up while speaking, looking others in the eye, using polite language, and engaging the listener. Elocution also…