Oral-motor therapy addresses the physical movements of speech and feeding. OPT incorporates the proprioceptive and kinesthetic feedback necessary to address the sensory aspects of speech production and feeding skills. Auditory and visual models of feedback and cueing in traditional speech therapy often do not provide adequate input for those who demonstrate difficulty knowing how to produce specific sounds and combine sounds in connected speech. The therapies and tools used in TalkTools TherapyTM provide tactile cueing, or the feel of speech, to promote more appropriate movement patterns for standard speech production and clarity as well as appropriate feeding.
Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, M.S., CCC-SLP