Oral Placement Therapy
Lil' Bloomers is proud to have the ONLY Speech Pathologist in Southern California who has been mentored by Renee Roy Hill and Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson of TalkTools™ in Oral Placement Therapy.
Oral Placement Therapy as defined by Sara
Rosenfeld-Johnson is a type of therapy that targets the
movements needed for feeding and speech clarity. In addition, this
approach provides strategies that focus on the tactile and
proprioceptive sensory systems. This
muscle-based program addresses phonation, articulation, and feeding
skills through the use of hierarchies of therapeutic horns, bubbles, straws and other oral-motor
What is the difference between traditional speech therapy and the Sensory Motor / PROMPT / Oral Placement Therapy / other methods used at Lil' Bloomers?
Many children cannot
respond to traditional articulation therapy methods which rely on
auditory and placement cues without tactile intervention. Translated this means traditional speech therapists tell a child to say a sound and where to put parts of their mouth to say it but do nothing else to help with its production.
This would be comparable to a Physical Therapist teaching a child who cannot walk in this manner:
The Physical Therapist (PT) places the child who cannot walk on his/her back on a mat and lies down next to him / her. The PT then stands up, looks at the child and announces, "I stood up and you watched me do it. Now put your legs under your body and stand up."
No one would expect the child to stand, nor would the child have the skill to do so or it would have happened without therapy. A PT would guide a child through each step needed whether it be weight shifts, muscle strengthening, or working on postures to help a child stand by breaking the whole process of standing into achievable steps.
This is what is done in our non-traditional speech therapy approach. We identify areas of challenge and walk your child through each step until he/she is successful in making sounds, words, and conversation to the best of his /her ability. This may involve the use of muscle strengtening with tools, sensory feedback work and touch cues for placement.
For kids that respond to traditional methods, we use it. For children that require a higher level of support we provide it from day one.