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
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Gregory L. Lof
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
  • Maggie Watson
    School of Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / School-Based Settings / Articles
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
Abstract

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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