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: Can you help me deal with a situation? I work in the schools. A private SLP accused me in a meeting with parents recently of not using the correct “motor planning methods” with a mutual apraxic child. Do you know what she is talking about? She really embarrassed me.
I regret the competitiveness that some therapists have, and absolutely detest the way some private therapists treat SLPs in the schools. You should not have had to experience that. No SLP has the right to degrade any other, especially in front of parents!
Further, there are no right methods and there are no wrong ones. Even with apraxia there are no methods that have proven themselves to be superior to any others. There are no specific “motor planning methods” other than ones therapists make up themselves.
Van Riper said it like this––
“There are no doubt almost as many ways of carrying out these basic principles as there are clinicians”
We all do the best we can with what we know. This therapist is way off base. I hope this is working out for you.
- Van Riper, C. & Irwin, J. (1958). Voice and Articulation. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall.