This advice-column-style blog for SLPs was authored by Pam Marshalla from 2006 to 2015, the archives of which can be explored here. Use the extensive keywords list found in the right-hand column (on mobile: at the bottom of the page) to browse specific topics, or use the search feature to locate specific words or phrases throughout the entire blog.
Q: Is four years old too early to address a tongue thrust?
The term “tongue thrust” has had many meanings through the years. It can mean:
- A strong forward thrusting of the tongue following the swallow.
- A reverse swallow pattern.
- An infantile suckle-swallow pattern.
- An interdental tongue protrusion on all lingua phonemes..
- An interdental tongue protrusion on all the lingua-alveolar phonemes.
- An interdental tongue protrusion on the all the sibilants.
- An interdental tongue protrusion on only S and Z.
To which are you referring? Your answer will help me give you an appropriate answer to your question.