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By Pam Marshalla
Q: Which of your books do you suggest for teaching me the number of repetitions or the amount of seconds for engaging in oral-motor exercises?
I do not teach oral-motor techniques exercise routines. I teach oral-motor techniques to facilitate sound production. Therefore none of my books will give you that type of information. In general I do not measure the number of trials, or the number of seconds — I teach techniques to facilitate new movements for phoneme productions. The child’s ability to produce the phoneme is your measure of success.
Having said that, some of my seminar material contains a few suggestions for number of trials, or number of seconds. But this is provided to attendees just to get them started. There is no way to guarantee that a certain number of repetitions, or a certain number of seconds, will have the payoff you are seeking. The better phoneme production is always the measure.