Five Reasons Why Nonspeech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOME) Do Not Work Nonspeech oral motor exercises (NSOME) are used often by speech-language pathologists to help children improve their speech sound productions. However, the phonology, articulation, and motor speech development and disorders literature does not support their use. This article presents five reasons (four theoretical, one empirical) why NSOME are not an appropriate ... Article
Article  |   December 2010
Five Reasons Why Nonspeech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOME) Do Not Work
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / School-Based Settings / Speech, Voice & Prosody
Article   |   December 2010
Five Reasons Why Nonspeech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOME) Do Not Work
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2010, Vol. 11, 109-117. doi:10.1044/sbi11.4.109
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2010, Vol. 11, 109-117. doi:10.1044/sbi11.4.109

Nonspeech oral motor exercises (NSOME) are used often by speech-language pathologists to help children improve their speech sound productions. However, the phonology, articulation, and motor speech development and disorders literature does not support their use. This article presents five reasons (four theoretical, one empirical) why NSOME are not an appropriate therapeutic technique for treating children’s speech sound production problems.

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