An Investigation of the Efficacy of Oral Myofunctional Therapy as a Precursor to Articulation Therapy for Pre-First Grade Children This study investigated the assumption that oral myofunctional services might facilitate remediation of articulation disorders. Subjects were ten 6-year-old elementary school children who exhibited both tongue-thrust behavior and articulation errors. All subjects had equal service time for a 14-week period, half receiving articulation services only and the other half receiving ... Reports
Reports  |   May 01, 1981
An Investigation of the Efficacy of Oral Myofunctional Therapy as a Precursor to Articulation Therapy for Pre-First Grade Children
 
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Reports   |   May 01, 1981
An Investigation of the Efficacy of Oral Myofunctional Therapy as a Precursor to Articulation Therapy for Pre-First Grade Children
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1981, Vol. 46, 160-167. doi:10.1044/jshd.4602.160
History: Received July 5, 1979 , Accepted August 2, 1980
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1981, Vol. 46, 160-167. doi:10.1044/jshd.4602.160
History: Received July 5, 1979; Accepted August 2, 1980

This study investigated the assumption that oral myofunctional services might facilitate remediation of articulation disorders. Subjects were ten 6-year-old elementary school children who exhibited both tongue-thrust behavior and articulation errors. All subjects had equal service time for a 14-week period, half receiving articulation services only and the other half receiving oral myofunctional services prior to and in conjunction with articulation services. Results showed that children in both programs made essentially equal progress in correcting placement of tongue-tip-sounds, remediating /s/ and /z/ misarticulation, and remediating general articulation errors. Only children who received oral myofunctional services remediated tongue-thrust behaviors.

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