Tag: Cerebral Palsy

Frequency of OMT

By Pam Marshalla

Q: I have a five-year-old child with cerebral palsy, developmental delay, severe apraxic and dysarthria. Jaw control is limited, she drools, and the tongue retracts when feeding. I am told by her speech reports she needs oral motor work 3 times to 5 times a day. Might you have any suggestions on what I could do? She is in school speech three times per week for 30-minutes and she does see a PROMPT therapist. My experience has taught me that…

Drooling

By Pam Marshalla

Q: My 3-year-old client with cerebral palsy continues to have so much saliva when he speaks. I am seeking information about how to address all the saliva and bubbles that he produces during speech. The¬†key is to help your client: Suction and swallow more often during everyday activities Suction and swallow with greater efficiency Maintain lip closure during oral rest The real help is found by doing oral-motor and feeding work. Medications or surgery sometimes are necessary in severe cases….