Why Don't Oral Motor Exercises Help?


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According to Teachmetotalk.com, oral motor exercises, a technique used to correct pediatric speech impediments, is not supported by science. These exercises fail because they try to influence the development of the ability to speak without requiring the production of speech sounds.

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While 85 percent of speech and language pathologists use oral motor exercises with their clients, believing they help to build the muscle tone needed for speech, Teachmetotalk.com claims that studies show they are not appropriate techniques for most speech and language disorders. Oral motor exercises used with children include making big smiles, blowing, blowing kisses, cheek puffing, making puckered smiles, tongue push-ups, tongue curling and tongue wags.

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