This advice-column-style blog for SLPs was authored by Pam Marshalla from 2006 to 2015, the archives of which can be explored here. Use the extensive keywords list found in the right-hand column (on mobile: at the bottom of the page) to browse specific topics, or use the search feature to locate specific words or phrases throughout the entire blog.
Q: I heard you say that Van Riper was your greatest hero of all time in the profession, but then you said you had others that you didn’t mention. Who else do you admire in the field?
What an interesting question! Okay, here are the people that have been the most influential to me, presented in categories that are the most important to my work.
The one-and-only Charles Van Riper wins this top place of honor because he is the Father of Articulation Therapy and because he was brilliant, kind, insightful, caring, a champion of the speech-impaired, and an advocate of school speech therapy. Van Riper might be considered the all time clinician’s clinician. He wrote from his head, from his heart, and from his clinical experience. Everything we do in articulation stems back to his work, and he earned ASHA’s Honors of the Association in 1957. Van Riper’s best material on articulation therapy can be found in two sources––
- Van Riper, C. (1947) Speech correction: Principles and methods. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall.
- Van Riper, C. & Irwin, J. (1958) Voice and articulation. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall.
Oral-Motor/ Feeding Development
Suzanne Evans Morris is the unequivocal Mother of Feeding Therapy and one of my greatest heros of all time. Dr. Morris did the original studies on feeding development upon which we all rely, and she was the one who brought neurodevelopmental treatment procedures (NDT) from England to the United States. Morris modeled a therapist who does what she has been created to do despite the critics. She also showed me how to teach continuing education seminars––make them practical, honest, straightforward, and infused with a deep respect for the audience. Her best material can be found in what many have called “The Bible of Feeding Therapy”––
- Morris, S. E., & Klein, M. D. (2000). Pre-feeding skills: A comprehensive resource for mealtime development. Austin: Pro-Ed.
This honor would have to go to the brilliant Jean Piaget, Father of Children’s Intellectual Development. I studied Piaget’s work on intellectual development in children when I was an undergraduate student getting a minor in psychology and education. Piaget was the one who identified the sensorimotor stage of intelligence upon which all my work rests. The best introduction to Piaget’s theory can be found in––
- Ginsburg, H., & Opper, S. (1969) Piaget’s Theory of Intellectual Development. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall. [I believe there is a newer edition.]
The amazing Jerilyn Logemann must be identified here because she is the Mother of Swallowing Therapy. Dr. Logemann started out in articulation, as so many in her generation did, and she was co-author of the Fisher-Logemann Test of Articulation. Logemann then evolved into dysphagia and wrote what I think was the first text on that topic. She was the one who started our profession’s interest in swallowing, and she is one of those rare professors who know research methodologies and clinic practice. Logemann served as president of ASHA in 1994 and in 2000, and she received ASHA’s Honors of the Association in 2003. Her text––
- Logemann, J. (1983) Evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. San Diego: College-Hill.
Infant Vocal Development
I consider the insightful D. Kimbrough Oller to be Father of Infant Vocal Development. Dr. Oller introduced me to the idea that infant vocalizations develop over time, from birth to one year of age. His stages of vocal development formed the basis of all that I understand about phoneme development in children with apraxia and dysarthria. His work has become integrated into virtually all of our modern articulation/phonology texts. I learned of his work when I heard him speak at an ASHA convention in the 1970’s, and then studied it further in his seminal work––
- Oller, D. K. (1978) “Infant vocalizations and the development of speech.” Allied Health and Behavioral Sciences Journal, 1 (4) Pp. 523-549.
The talented A. Jean Ayres should be considered Mother of Sensorimotor Integrative Theory. Dr. Ayres was a practicing occupational therapist when she got her doctorate in neurology (or neurophysiology, I’m not really sure). She developed the theory that children with apraxia are having difficulty organizing sensations from the tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive systems. Anyone who has taken any of my classes on articulation or apraxia knows how I integrate this information into my work. To me, Ayres’ insights are the missing element about children’s motor speech disorders that researchers in our profession stubbornly refuse to consider even to this very day. Ayres best introductory work––
- Ayres, A. J. (1980) Sensory Integration and the Child. Los Angeles: Western Psychological. [There also may be a later edition of this book.]
I have two great heros in this category: Willard R. Zemlin and Raymond H. Stetson. I studied anatomy, physiology, embryology, and teratology with Dr. Zemlin as a student. He was a brilliant man who wrote the most important speech and hearing science text of his generation. Stetson is considered the first great speech scientist of the 20th century. He was the one who postulated that all speech is movement. Those of you who know me recognize that this idea is the very cornerstone of all the work I have done throughout my entire career. Texts–
- Zemlin, W. R. (1968, 1981) Speech and Hearing Science: Anatomy and physiology. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall. Stetson’s text:
- Stetson, R. (1928, 1951) Motor Phonetics. USA: North Holland Publishing
- Kelso, J. A. S., & Munhall, K. G. (Eds.) (1988). R. H. Stetson’s Motor Phonetics: A Retrospective Edition. Boston: College-Hill.
I have several heros in this area. I was introduced to the concept of orofacial myology first by taking seminars with the infamous Daniel Garliner, a character considered a charlatan by many, a man who eventually was disgraced and forced to distance himself from the field of SLP (for exactly what reasons I do not know). Despite his faults, whatever they were, he was a caring clinician who talked about speech movement during a time when very few did. I then got deeper into orofacial myology by taking seminars taught by instructors from the International Association of Orofacial Myology. Two of the men I admire in this area are Marvin Hanson––who also wrote a basic text in articulation therapy––and Richard Barrett. These men wrote the first widely disseminated text on orofacial myofunctional therapy. I later was introduced to the work of Dr. Robert Mason, a man I admire who is both a dentist and an SLP, the only one in the world I believe. Texts––
- Garliner, D. (1981) Myofunctional Therapy. Coral Gables: Institute for Myofunctional Therapy.
- Hanson, M. L., & Barrett, R. H. (1988) Fundamentals of orofacial myology. Springfield: Charles C. Thomas.
- Hanson, M. L., & Mason, R. M. (2003) Orofacial Myology: International Perspectives. Springfield: Charles C. Thomas.
Elaine Pagel Paden and Barbara Williams Hodson have to be on the top of my phonology list. Dr. Paden supervised Dr. Hodson’s doctoral dissertation, and they both supervised my master’s thesis in phonology. Dr. Paden modeled for me a scholar dedicated to the profession, she taught me how to write, and she had to be the most logical and organized professor I ever had. Dr. Hodson is one of those wonderful professors who understands clinical work. Hodson and Paden’s practical little book on the application of phonological theory to speech therapy is a must-read for all SLPs involved with children––
- Hodson, B. W., & Paden, E. P. (1983, 1991) Targeting Intelligible Speech. San Diego: College-Hill.