This course teaches that Oral Placement Therapy is an extension of Van Riper’s “Phonetic Placement Approach.”
Many school –aged children cannot respond to traditional articulation therapy methods which rely on auditory and placement cues without tactile intervention. If a child cannot imitate a speech sound, even in isolation, it may seem impossible to facilitate progress.
With using modern day Phonetic Placement Techniques, therapists can use therapy tools and the sensory feedback model to effectively improve articulation. Specific considerations for the school-based population were discussed in regard to the Core Curriculum Content Standards, and Individualized Education Plans.
Therapists learned how to identify Oral Placement Disorders, and then use Oral Placement Therapy to shape speech sounds, then cue fade, and shape those placement skills into speech sound production. Current research and evidenced based practice were discussed. Therapists were engaged in hands on practicum. Video examples and session materials were utilized to show sample therapy sessions.