By Pam Marshalla

Q: My 3-year-old client with cerebral palsy continues to have so much saliva when he speaks. I am seeking information about how to address all the saliva and bubbles that he produces during speech.

The key is to help your client:

  1. Suction and swallow more often during everyday activities
  2. Suction and swallow with greater efficiency
  3. Maintain lip closure during oral rest

The real help is found by doing oral-motor and feeding work. Medications or surgery sometimes are necessary in severe cases.

My little book How to Stop Drooling introduces all these ideas in a simple format. It is a look at the behavior and it will help you see the overall process.

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