Tagged "jaw sliding"
I have a client who has a symmetrical smile and when looking at her jaw strength and grading, it appears both sides are fairly even. However, when producing the /r/ sound in practice, her jaw often slides to the left. Any tips on how to parse out the weaker side?
How can I inhibit jaw jutting for Horn #1? We are working on the Bite Tube Set and establishing the natural bite with Bite Blocks but this child presents with frequent jaw slide or jaw jutting. Thanks,
I would provide firm jaw support to inhibit the jaw jutting. You can use jaw support for Horn #1 and Horn #2. Beginning with Horn #3 you would no longer provide jaw assistance. I would be using the jaw support and gradually try to decrease use as the patient will tolerate. I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Elizabeth Smithson, MSP, CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has over 10 years of professional experience working with infants, children, adolescents and adults. She earned her Master of Speech Pathology at the University of South Carolina. Liz is also a Level 5 TalkTools® Trained Therapist. She has received specialized training in Oral Placement Therapy, Speech, Feeding, Apraxia, Sensory Processing Disorders, and PROMPT©. Liz works with clients with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She works through her own private practice Elizabeth Smithson Therapy, LLC in the home setting and in the TalkTools® office in Charleston, SC.