Month: January 2013

Adding Frication to a Client’s Phonological Repertoire

By Shanti McGinley

Q: My client has no fricatives/affricates. I have been working of F for about three months, and he is just not getting it. This is how I work:  If I cannot get one particular phoneme when a client has none in the class, I revert back to stimulating the class or distinctive feature. Instead of teaching one particular phoneme in the class or with the feature, stimulate for them all. That way the client learns to recognize the similarities between…

When R is Only Good in Certain Words

By Shanti McGinley

Q: I went to your class on R therapy, but I still do not understand how to help a client who can say R in some words but not others. For example, my client can say “board” but not “bird.” Help! This is what I do with kids who have Rs in some words and not others–– I see if I can manipulate a word they can say in such a way that the “er” is teased away from the…

Isolating “Er”

By Shanti McGinley

Q: I have read your R book and have taken 2 classes from you, but I am still struggling with student with persistent R distortions.  She has the most success producing vocalic R (car, ear, air, tire) but not “Er” all by itself. This is a very common problem that many SLPs have. How does one obtain an isolated “Er” when the child has it in a vocalic position attached to other vowels?  I usually help the client like this–…

Stabilizing the Jaw: Best Method for Articulation Therapy

By Shanti McGinley

Q: My client has a cross bite and his jaw lateralizes to the right causing overall speech imprecision. I am holding his jaw in place with standard jaw stabilization I learned for feeding therapy, but it’s not working. His jaw slips back out of position as soon as I remove my hand. That kind of “hands on” jaw stabilization procedure is good for feeding therapy, but is not effective for speech for the very reason you mentioned–– because as soon…

Essence Elements of Drooling Elimination

By Shanti McGinley

Q: What do you do for drooling? Do I need to be a swallowing expert to do it? I see drooling as a three-fold problem–– The child doesn’t swallow often enough. The child doesn’t swallow well enough. (He doesn’t evacuate completely). The child isn’t aware when saliva is building up in his mouth, on his lips, etc. (He doesn’t notice it or doesn’t care about it). So my therapy addresses all three of these issues–– I teach them to swallow…

“Marshalla Eye Dropper Technique” For Drooling Elimination

By Shanti McGinley

This opinion paper was originally posted as a downloadable PDF on my website’s resources page. I am slowly formatting the articles over there for posting to this blog. This post was authored in November, 2012. Download the original PDF here. *** “Marshalla Eye Dropper Technique” For Drooling Elimination November 2012, Pam Marshalla, MA, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist Application This simple process is to be done in conjunction with a good program to facilitate improved oral-motor and feeding skills. It can be…