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Semin Speech Lang. 2008 Nov;29(4):339-44. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1103398. Epub 2008 Dec 4.

Epilogue: what we know about nonspeech oral motor exercises.

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School of Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.


A great deal of information is available to help clinicians understand the principles of motor speech learning and control, and how to apply those principles to clinical practice. In addition, the results of many investigations have documented the differences between the motor movements for speech and nonspeech tasks. Finally, supporting evidence for using nonspeech tasks to improve speech is virtually nonexistent. All of that information, taken in concert, casts doubt on the use of nonspeech techniques for improving children's speaking skills. However, clinicians have available a variety of viable intervention techniques to help children improve speech productions. This article presents a summary of reasons not to use nonspeech remediation techniques along with suggestions clinicians should consider when choosing intervention procedures for children with speech sound errors.

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