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Q: Our SLPAs see artic kids for 5-7 minute every day. Some of the kids with frontal lisps also have reverse swallow patterns (tongue thrust swallow, infantile suckle-swallow patterns). Should the SLPAs work on this too? Will these kids fix their lisps without it?
Yours is the question I hope the 21st century will answer!
I personally do not think that SLPs or SLPAs who are not trained in teaching the correct swallow have any business working on it with their articulation students. However, I also have found that some frontal lisps are almost “un-fix-able” without it.
Therefore when you work in the schools you have the dilemma you described.
Honestly I do not know what to tell you.
I do know this, however: The frontal lisp is all about the tongue not stabilizing in the back at the lateral margins. I will write more about lingual stability in my upcoming book, The Marshalla Guide.