The OM Controversy (again…)

By Pam Marshalla

Q: I am a special education advocate and I would like to discuss oral motor exercises with someone. An SLP at a district I’m working with stated, “There is no evidence that oral motor exercises are helpful for speech.” Is that true?

This area is a mess. Professionals who bash oral-motor generally can be accused of the following:

I post regular Q&A’s about this issue here on this blog in the sections called Oral-Motor Controversy and Evidence-Based Practice. Also see the PDF entitled, “Pam on EBP.” There is a button for it on the Home Page.

Also please visit the Oral Motor Institute’s website at We are posting articles about this controversy there. People on the OMI’s Board of Directors are well-respected in oral-motor, articulation, feeding, and so forth.

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