The use of nonspeech oral motor exercises (NSOME) to change speech productions for children with speech sound disorders continues to be discussed and debated by researchers and clinicians. This course will provide an update on the controversy and will include information on the logic, theory and evidence related to why NSOME should not be used in therapy for this disorder.
Course created on October 26, 2017
- After this course, participants will be able to explain logical reasons why NSOME are ineffective.
- After this course, participants will be able to list the theoretical concepts that argue against using NSOME.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the empirical evidence against the use of NSOME.
|0-20 Minutes||Introduction to the controversy|
|20-35 Minutes||Using science to guide clinical practice|
|35-50 Minutes||Logical reasons why NSOME are ineffective|
|50-65 Minutes||Theoretical concepts against NSOME|
|65-80 Minutes||Evaluating the empirical evidence|
|80-90 Minutes||Conclusions, Summary, Q&A|
Gregory Lof, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA
Dr. Gregory Lof is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. His research, teaching, and clinical interests continue to deal with children who have speech sound disorders and the use of science to guide practice.
Dr. Lof twice was the topic coordinator for speech sound disorders for ASHA conventions and has served on seven ASHA Convention Program committees. He was a member of ASHA’s Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders that conducted evidence-based systematic reviews of oral motor exercises. He recently completed serving on ASHA’s Scientific and Professional Education Board (SPEB) and as the treasurer for the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorder (CAPCSD). He served two terms on the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and was the Massachusetts elected representative for ASHA’s Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. He became an ASHA Fellow in 2012.
Dr. Lof has published numerous articles and chapters, primarily on childhood speech sound disorders and evidence-based practice. He has presented over 50 peer-reviewed and 85 invited presentations/workshops at ASHA conventions, universities, school districts, state and international association conventions in 38 states and five countries. His PRAXIS study guidebook was published in 2015 with his co-author, Dr. Alex Johnson.
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