Oral-Motor Techniques In Articulation and Phonological Therapy

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Learn the techniques and tips that you were never taught in school. This reference is considered the original oral-motor resource and has changed the lives of thousands of therapists. Learn how to facilitate jaw, lip, and tongue movements, and how to normalize client oral-tactile sensitivity. This book has been one of our best-sellers for 25 years.

“I’ve owned this book for 20 years and it’s been an incredible help for me! [It] completely outlines all the fundamentals of artic therapy in ways I was NEVER taught in school! A+”
— Ann, SLP

Book Details

This course text is highly detailed, well-organized, and filled to the brim with step-by-step therapy strategies. Learn why and how to do basic oral-motor therapy. This book contains dozens of details diagrams on phonetic placement and the movement of the oral mechanism.

Oral-Motor Techniques was named Top Ten by the Library of Speech and Language Pathology in 2002, and was SuperDuper’s best-selling oral-motor book in 2001. This book has been used as supplemental reading material in graduate courses on articulation and motor speech disorders.

This book clearly explains:

  • Infant developmental stages
  • Jaw facilitation activities
  • Tactile sensitivity
  • Lip retraction and how to get tongue/lateral margin elevation
  • How to stimulate /l/, /k/, /g/, /r/, and /s/
  • How to reduce drooling and treat apraxia.
“Your tips are wonderful! The pictures of the tongue and how it should look during /r/ production are priceless!”
— Cathy, SLP


Chapter 1. Introduction to Oral-Motor Therapy

  • Speech is Movement
  • Definition of Oral-Motor Therapy
  • Purpose of Oral-Motor Therapy
  • Primary Goal of Oral-Motor Therapy
  • Therapies which Incorporate Oral-Motor Techniques
  • Goals of the Six Treatment Areas
  • General Goals of the Oral-Motor Program
  • Oral-Motor Therapy for Speech is Not Feeding Therapy
  • Relationship Between Speech and Swallowing
  • Diagnosing Oral-Motor Problems
  • General Versus Specific Oral-Motor Therapy
  • The Inclusion Rule of Oral-Motor Therapy
  • Exercises, Cues and Stimulation Techniques
  • Power of Stimuli 18 Hand-on Versus Hands-off Treatment
  • Following Sanitary Procedures
  • Length and Duration of Treatment
  • Oral Rest Position

Chapter 2. Principles of Movement Applied to the Oral Mechanism

  • General Concepts
  • The Organization of Motor Control
  • Sensory Components
  • Patterns of Movement Breakdown

Chapter 3. The Tactile and Proprioceptive Systems

  • The Tactile System
  • The Skin
  • Oral-Tactile Sensitivity Problems
  • Examining Oral-Tactile Sensitivity
  • Goals of Oral-Tactile Therapy
  • General Guidelines for Normalizing Oral-Tactile Sensitivity
  • Stimulus Guidelines for Normalizing Oral-Tactile Sensitivity
  • Organizational Guidelines for Normalizing Oral-Tactile Sensitivity
  • Proprioceptive Stimulation Techniques
  • Oral-Exploratory Play for Hands-Off Oral-Motor Learning
  • S.A.T.P.I.O.M.s
  • Sample Procedures to Improve Oral-Tactile Sensitivity

Chapter 4. The Jaw

  • Jaw Movements Jaw Movements in Mature Speech
  • Jaw Movements in Development
  • The Jaw-Tongue-Palate Triangle
  • Diagnosing Jaw Movements
  • Deviations in Jaw Movements
  • Jaw Facilitation Techniques

Chapter 5. The Lips

  • Basic Muscle Review
  • Lip Movements in Speech
  • Lip Movements in Speech Development
  • Diagnosing Lip Movement
  • Problems in Lip Movements
  • Lip Retraction
  • A Hierarchy of Lip Therapy
  • Techniques to Reduce Lip Retraction
  • Tactile and Proprioceptive Stimulation Techniques to Activate the Lips
  • Feeding Therapy Techniques to Activate the Lips
  • Voluntary Lip Exercises

Chapter 6. The Tongue

  • Historic Divisions of the Tongue
  • Palatography
  • Differential Tongue Movements in Speech
  • Functional Zones of the Tongue
  • Stability and Mobility in Tongue Movements
  • Summary of Tongue Movements in Speech
  • A New Concept of Tongue Movement
  • Tongue Movements in Swallowing
  • The “Normal” Tongue Configuration
  • Tongue Movement Problems
  • Facilitating Basic Tongue Movement

Chapter 7. Putting It All Together

  • Hierarchy of the Oral-Motor Approach
  • Developmental Apraxia
  • Severe Unintelligibility
  • The Frontal Lisp
  • The Lateral Lisp
  • Facilitating Back Phonemes /k/ and /g/
  • Facilitating Phoneme /l/ Facilitating Phoneme /r/

Annotated Bibliography

Oral Motor Techniques is:

  • Softcover
  • 112 pages
  • Appropriate for SLPs
  • For clients two years of age and older

Download the first 39 pages and begin reading for free!

Additional information

Weight .88 lbs
Dimensions 12.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in

6 reviews for Oral-Motor Techniques In Articulation and Phonological Therapy

  1. Cathy

    Your tips are wonderful! The pictures of the tongue and how it should look during /r/ production are priceless!

  2. Judy Butler

    The drawings in this book are wonderfully straightforward and easy-to-understand.

  3. Teresa Harwood Wallace

    I attended the 2-day workshop more than a decade ago that covered the content of this ground-breaking material in the SLP field. I have used this material as the basis of my oral-motor therapy since that time. This is a very valuable resource! Thank you, Pamela for your contribution to our field!

  4. S. Na Nakorn

    This book is very useful as it contains both oral motor and phonological techniques. It is easy to use.

  5. Arlene Rubin Helcman

    Excellent book from an inspirational SLP. Thanks for the wonderful information, insight and materials.

  6. Anonymous

    I’ve owned this book for something like 20 years and it’s been an incredible help for me! I just bought a new copy because my old one is worn through — this book completely outlines all the fundamentals of artic therapy in ways I was NEVER taught in school. A+

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