The Perfect Oral Motor Storm: What Happened, Why, and Supportive Evidence for Oral Sensory-Motor Therapy

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Presenter: Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP
In this 5-hour podcourse, Char chronicles a comprehensive account of the events of the past two decades that have infused and inspired one of the most controversial—and misunderstood--storms in the history of speech-language pathology.

Perhaps you’re not sure why “oral motor” has been criticized, or how to respond when someone mentions it. You’ll learn what to say, and how to back it up.  Char covers the “Five Waves” as to what has specifically happened, who did what, and where we go from here.

Most importantly you’ll learn Supportive Evidence for the Use of Oral Sensory-Motor Methods to Remediate Speech Sound Productions.

By the conclusion of participating in this 5-hour podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. List the three of the five “Waves” that have occurred over the past two decades.
  2. Explain the process, results, and conclusions of Dr. Lof’s 2008 survey.
  3. Explain the process, the therapy activities, and conclusions of Dr. Forrest’s 2008 comparison study.
  4. Explain why doing therapy in “parts” then combining them into a “whole” is an effective therapy method.
  5. Discuss at least two components of speech and why they are important to include in therapy.
About Char: Char Boshart is a therapist, seminar presenter, author, podcast host, and president of Speech Dynamics. She graduated with her Master’s from Western Michigan University and began her career in the public schools. Since that time, she’s worked many years in the schools, in the clinical setting, private practice, and as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Loma Linda University.

Since the ‘90s she has presented numerous well-received presentations through Speech Dynamics,, and the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). She writes a weekly blog called “Therapy Matters” and is the host of the podcast, The Speech Link. She is the author of the well-received book, The Easy R, and several other practical publications.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Hour One: Welcome to the Storm:  Goals, The Controversy, The Assumptions

Hour Two: The First Wave: 
Evidence Based Practice
The Second Wave: Dr. Lof’s 2008 Survey
The Third Wave: Dr. Forrest’s 2008 Study

Hour Three: The Fourth Wave:  Research Data; Details on what the research really says about oral motor and other important treatment topics

Hour Four: The Fifth Wave: Evidence-Based Responses to Dr. Lof’s “Theoretical Reasons to Question Using NSOMEs”

                   Reason #1:  Part-Whole Training and Transfer

                   Reason #2:  Strengthening the Articulatory Structures

                   Reason #3:  Relevancy of NSOME to Speech

                   Reason #4:  Tasks Specificity

Hour Five:  Reason #5:  Warm-Up, Awareness, Metamouth, and

                   The New Wave:  Capability-Based Oral Sensory-Motor Therapy; references and

resources included

Each hour (at the end) contains 5 to 10 minutes of Questions & Answers with Char.

Disclosure Statement for Char Boshart:

Financial: Char Boshart is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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