TalkTools is proud to be a part of the speech, oral and occupational therapy industry and likes to provide our community with relevant education and information on the tools, therapies and trends that effect therapist and patients alike. Below you will find a list of articles that we have pulled together for you to browse. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 

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Peer Reviewed Journals

 The Effect of Jaw Position on Perceptual and Acoustic Characteristics of Speech

Solomon, N. P., Makashay, M. J., & Munson, B. (2016, November). The Effect of Jaw Position on Perceptual and Acoustic Characteristics of Speech. 

Tongue Strength in Children With and Without Speech Sound Disorders
Potter, N., Nievergelt, Y., & VanDam, M. (2018, December 28). Tongue Strength in Children With and Without Speech Sound Disorders. 
Speech and Feeding Improvements in Children After Posterior Tongue-Tie Release: A Case Series

Baxter, Richard; Hughes, Lauren. International Journal of Clinical Pediatrics. (2018).

Prior History of Feeding–Swallowing Difficulties in Children With Language Impairment

Malas, K; Trudeau, N; Giroux, M.-C.; Gauthier, L; Poulin, S; and McFarland, D. H. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2017, Vol. 26, 138-145. doi:10.1044/2016_AJSLP-15-0171

Association of Feeding Evaluation With Frenotomy Rates in Infants With Breastfeeding Difficulties

Marchesan, Irene Queiroz. “ Lingual Frenulum: Classification and Speech Interference.” International Journal of Orafacial Myology, Nov. 2014, 

Breastfeeding Improvement Following Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie Release: A Prospective Cohort Study

Ghaheri, Bobak A., MD; Cole, Melissa, IBCLC; Fausel, Sarah C., Chuop, Maria, BS; Mace, Jess C., MPH, CCRP. The Laryngoscope. American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society. (2016)

Nonspeech Oral Movements and Oral Motor Disorders: A Narrative Review 

Kent, R. (2016). American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. November 2015, Vol. 24, pp 763-789.

Effect of orofacial myofunctional exercise on the improvement of dysphagia patients’ orofacial muscle strength and diadochokinetic rate

Haewon Byeon, DrSc. (2016). Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2016 Sep; 28(9): 2611–2614.

Sensorimotor influences on speech perception in infancy

Bruderer AG, et al. (2015). Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Nov 3;112(44):13531-6. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1508631112. Epub 2015 Oct 12.

A Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding, Lori Overland, M.S., CCC/SLP

Overland, L. (2011). ASHA Perspective: Swallowing(Dysphagia). October. Volume 20. pp 60-64.

Horns, Whistles, Bite Blocks, & Straws

Marshalla, P. (2012). Oral Motor Institute. April. Volume 4. Monograph Number 2.

Early Oral-Motor Interventions for Pediatric Feeding Problems: What, When and How

Eicher, P., Fox, C., Kerwin, M., Manno, C. (2005).

Treatment of Children With Speech Oral Placement Disorders (OPDs): A Paradigm Emerges

Bahr, D., Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (2010) Communication Disorders Quarterly.

An Optimal Set of Flesh Points on Tongue and Lips for Speech-Movement Classification

Green, J., Rong, P., Samal, A., Wang, J. (2014). Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 2016, Vol. 59, pp 15-26.

Effect of Tactile Stimulation on Lingual Motor Function in Pediatric Lingual Dysphagia

Cargan, A.,  De Felice, A., Lamm, N., (2005). Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 311-324.

Oral Motor Deficits in Speech-Impaired Children with Autism

Belmonte, M., Cherian, R., George, L., Karnath, P. Muneer, R., Saxena-Chandhok, T. (2013).

Functional Outcomes of Strength Training in Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Abel, M., Damiano, D. (1998).

“Speech and Language Outcomes in Patients with Ankyloglossia Undergoing Frenulectomy: A Retrospective Pilot Study.
Daggumati, Srihari, et al. OTO Open, vol. 3, no. 1, 2019, doi:10.1177/2473974x19826943.
The Effect of Lip Strengthening Exercises in Children and Adolescents With Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

Kiliaridis, S., Lohmander, A., Sjogreen, L., Tulinius, M. (2010). Volume 74, Issue 10, pp 1126-1134.

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Published Articles

Social Media: It's Different for Professionals

Merkel-Walsh, R., Moore, J.D. (2018). The ASHA Leader, July. Vol. 23, 30-33.

Waiting-Room Woes

Merkel-Walsh, R. (2017). The ASHA Leader, November, Vol. 22, 38-39. 

 Self-Limited Diets in Children with a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Merkel-Walsh, R. & Overland, L. (2016). 

AAPPSPA Position Statement – Oral-motor Therapy

Merkel-Walsh, R. (2015).

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical Parameters of Oral Placement Therapy (OPT)

Merkel-Walsh, R., Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (2009). November. Volume 19. pp 18.

The Role of the Jaw for Feeding and Speech

Gray, J., Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (2008).

Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy: What’s the Connection?
Oral-Motor, Sensory, and Feeding Skills
Merkel-Piccini, R., Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (2004) S.I. Focus. Spring.
Three Part Approach- Treating Apraxia of Speech with Oral Placement, Feeding and Speech Tasks

Emilia del Pino, E. (2013).

Connections Between Tongue Placement and Dental Alignment

Merkel-Walsh, R., Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (2003)

ABA Verbal

Solomon, R. (2012). S & L World. November.

Food for Thought

Overland, L. (2001).

Horns As Therapy Tools

Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (1999).

Straws As Therapy Tools

Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (1999).

Oral-Motor Issues: Letter to the Editor

Merkel-Walsh, R.(1999).

The Oral-Motor Myths of Down Syndrome

Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (1997).

Red Flags of Children with Sensory-Motor Feeding / Speech Deficits (en Espanol)

Del Pino, E. (2009).

Utilizing Nature's Bio-Adaptability of Soft and Hard Tissues

Benkert, K. (2012). Journal of the American Orthodontic Society, May/June. pp 28-40

Targeted Treatment:  Cranial Nerve Based Assessments

Banotai, A., Jones, J., (2012).

The Problem With Pacifiers

Ray, C. (2012, January 9). The New York Times.

The Beloved Sippy Cup Comes Under Attack

Eig, J., (2002, February 13). The Wall Street Journal.

Mother Knows Best (Risk of Using Sippy Cups)

Associated Press 

Lingual frenulum: quantitative evaluation proposal
 2005 Nov;31:39-48.
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 Presentations and Posters

SLP's Role in Post-Frenectomy Care for Children Who Present with Feeding Challenges

Merkel-Walsh, R., Overland, L. Presentation (2018, November). Annual ASHA Convention. Boston, MA.

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) in Children with a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome

Merkel-Walsh, R., Overland, L. Presentation (2018, October). Annual IAOM Convention. Charlotte, NC.

Oral Placement Therapy: A Practical Solution for Articulation Issues in Children with Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

Merkel-Walsh, R., Overland, L. Presentation (2018, October). Annual IAOM Convention. Charlotte, NC.

Functional Assessment of Feeding Challenges in Children with Ankyloglossia

Merkel-Walsh, R., Overland, L. Presentation (2017, November). Annual ASHA Convention. Los Angeles, CA.

Diet-Shaping for Self-Limited Diets in Children with a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Merkel-Walsh, R., Overland, L. Presentation (2016, November). Annual ASHA Convention. Philadelphia, PA.

A Modern Look at Van Riper’s Phonetic Placement Approach

Merkel-Walsh, R. (2016, July). Poster session. ASHA Connect Convention. Minneapolis, MN.

Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) vs. Non-Speech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOME): Understanding the Debate

Merkel-Walsh, R., Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (2015, November) Poster session.  Annual ASHA Convention. Denver, CO.

Efficacy of Using an Oral-Motor Approach to Remediate Distorted /r/

Lohman-Hawk, P. (2007) ASHA Presentation.

Using Tactile Techniques to Improve Speech Clarity in Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Hill, R., & Merkel-Walsh, R. (2014, November) Poster session. Annual ASHA Convention. Orlando, FL.

Using Tactile Techniques to Improve Speech Clarity in the Adult Rehabilitative Setting

Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (2014, November). Poster session. Annual ASHA Convention. Orlando, FL.

Variability of Tongue-Tip Placement: Acoustically Standard Production of /s/ Cross-Culturally

Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. (2012, November). Poster session. Annual ASHA Convention. Atlanta, GA.

Preventing Vocal Burnout in Future Teachers: An Education & Prevention Program

Hume, S. & Wegman, A. (2016, November). Poster session. Annual ASHA Convention. Philadelphia, PA.

Tongue Ties and Speech Sound Disorders: What Are We Overlooking?

Meaux, A., Savage, M., & Gonsoulin, C. (2016, November). Poster session.Annual ASHA Convention. Philadelphia, PA.

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Blogs, Podcasts, & Other

A Further Dialogue on Oral Placement Therapy

Stepen, J. (2017). Podcast.

Deciphering Dysphagia

Ellis, C. (2017). TalkTools Blog

Description of Oral Placement Therapy (OPT)

Rosenfeld-Johnson, Sara. (2013). TalkTools Blog

A Case for Oral Placement Therapy

Merkel-Walsh, R. (2015). Podcast.

What Evidence-Based, Oral Sensory-Motor Treatments are Effective for Speech Disorders?
Bahr, D., Merkel-Walsh, R. (2014). Ages and Stages Blog
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in Individuals with a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome

Merkel-Walsh, R.( 2015).TalkTools Blog

Why Every SLP Needs to Understand Dysphagia

Jones, J., (2015). TalkTools Blog

The Similarities and Differences of Oral-Motor Therapy and PROMPT (en Espanol)

Merkel-Walsh, R.(2002). TalkTools Blog

Food Sensitivity in the Down Syndrome Population

Cramoy, C. Letter to a Parent.

Hard Facts to Swallow - Therapists Working with Feeding Disorders

Pilling, J. (2009)

Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson's Approach to Oral-Motor Feeding and Speech Therapy (en Espanol)

Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. TalkTools Blog

Improving Feeding Safety and Speech Clarity for clients with Moebius Syndrome

Rosenfeld-Johnson, S. TalkTools Blog

Oral Habits: Why They Exist and How to Eliminate Them

Gray, J., Rosenfeld-Johnson, S.

OPT as an Effective Tool in Aiding Non-verbal Children with Autism in their Utterance of Vowels /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/ and Consonants /b/, /m/, and /p/

Saturnino, S. (2011). (Special Education Thesis). St. Scholastica's College, Manila.

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