ERIC Number: ED463628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Effects of Oral Motor Stimulation on the Speech Clarity of a Preschool-Aged Child.
Schmidt, Maria M.
Although articulation errors are common among the preschool population, they can affect a child's relationship with peers and adults by an inability to express clearly ideas and needs. To address hypotonia in the lips, cheeks, and tongue of a 4.8 year old Spanish-dominant male who presents with very poor speech intelligibility, an oral sensory motor intervention was designed to complement the phonological work done during clinical sessions. The oral sensory motor intervention was provided by a classroom special education teacher 3 times per week for 15 minutes over 4 weeks. The targeted productions consisted of bilabial, velar, and lingual alveolar sounds. A pre- and posttest consisting of 10 Spanish words of objects found in the child's environment was administered. The results indicated an improved range of motion within the oral cavity as well as a greater awareness of phonetic segmentation. Recommendations are offered to clinicians, teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents regarding the value of simple, common activities such as toothbrushing, straw drinking, and bubble blowing. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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