The Marshalla Guide


The Marshalla Guide: A Topical Anthology of Speech Movement Techniques for Motor Speech Disorders and Articulation Deficits

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Book Details

The Marshalla Guide presents the state of the art in articulation and motor speech therapy and summarizes methods developed through the ages combined with modern-day speech science research. This book represents Pam’s personal perspective on therapy after 35 years of experience and is grounded in the deep insights of Charles Van Riper.

The material found within The Marshalla Guide is applicable to clients of all ages and ability levels, from those with mild single-phoneme errors to those with severe motor speech disorders, and even those who are non-verbal and nearly non-vocal. This monstrous book (currently estimated at around 500 pages) is organized by topic and laid out for easy reference. It includes a cornucopia of ideas from a vast array of resources, both clinical and research-based.

Research summaries are present throughout the manual to support ideas for the evidence-based practice, yet this volume represents what clinicians do despite serious gaps in research.


PART ONE: Traditional Approaches

  1. Traditional Articulation and Motor Speech Training
  2. Helping Clients Who Mumble and Slur
  3. Making Speech Units Salient
  4. Using the Ear to Teach Speech Movements
  5. Teaching Speech Movements with Cues
  6. The Motokinesthetic Method
  7. Encouraging Breath Support
  8. Balancing Oral and Nasal Resonance
  9. Traditional Speech Movement Techniques

PART TWO: Speech is Movement

  1. Principles of Movement Development
  2. Encouraging Jaw Oscillation for the CV
  3. Facilitating Lip and Cheek Movement
  4. Facilitating Tongue Movements
  5. The Critical Role of Oral Stability
  6. Oral Perception and Speech Movement Learning
  7. Normalizing Oral-Tactile Sensitivity
  8. The Speech Reflexes
  9. Eating, Swallowing, and Orofacial Myofunctional Methods
  10. The Tools of Speech Movement Training

PART THREE: Vowels, Consonants, and Metaphonological Foundations

  1. Foundational Pre-speech Platforms
  2. Teaching Vowels and Diphthongs
  3. Stimulating the Stop Consonants
  4. Stimulating the Nasal Consonants
  5. Stimulating the Glide Consonants
  6. Stimulating the Fricated Consonants
  7. Low Cognition and Intelligibility

A Note From Pam (April 2015)

The purpose of The Marshalla Guide is to describe, categorize, and set into historic perspective all reported methods of training speech movements in light of modern research. The Marshalla Guide is a book by a clinician for clinicians. It is an expression of the author’s four decades of therapy experiences integrated with the evidence of modern research. It represents a lifelong obsession with speech movement––how it is organized, how it breaks down, how it can be assessed, and, most importantly, how speech movement errors can be remediated. This manual is a very personal account that would be written in different ways by different writers. It contains a cornucopia of ideas from a vast array of resources. The material is appropriate for clients of all ages and ability levels, and to all levels of expressive output, from those who produce no phonemes at all to those who have minor single-phoneme errors.

Nearly 1000 references have been studied in the preparation of this manual including textbooks, research articles, seminar handouts, lectures, and therapy manuals that span the ages. Methods are organized by topics relevant to selected areas of articulation and motor speech training. This book is about the movements of speech sound production (phonetics); it is not about the ways in which fully formed phonemes are used within our language (phonology).

The Marshalla Guide will help professional speech-language pathologists love speech training as much as Van Riper did in his time and as much as I have in mine. The research community will use this manual to understand the types of information that practicing therapists still need.

An Update On Publication (June 2016)

The Marshalla Guide is a monumental work, containing over 500 pages of thorough content, with hundreds of illustrations and an enormous reference list. It will be Pam’s pinnacle work and her most important contribution to the field of speech-language pathology.

Presently, I am the sole designer and illustrator for the book, as well as a full-time mom to two kids still in diapers. I also run the rest of our business by myself and have been unable to make much progress on The Marshalla Guide this year. Originally scheduled for publication in 2015, the book is now scheduled to be published in 2018 2019. I am truly sorry that I will not be able to shorten this timeline. Thank you so much for your continued support of Pam and our family business. Thank you, thank you!

Shanti McGinley


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