Seven Sensory Strategies to Increase Artic-Therapy Success

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Presenter: Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP
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The mouth is the only body part that interacts with itself, meaningfully.  And the two primary forms of that meaningful interaction (for speaking, chewing, and swallowing) are tactile and proprioceptive in nature. 

Wouldn’t it be helpful for a child to be able to localize his front-tongue to elevate it purposefully and consistently for t, d, s, z, sh, zh, ch, j, and l, as well as for his back-tongue for the k, g, ng, and r sound? 

This one-hour course demonstrates practical techniques to apply Sensory Assist Therapy to help generate the capability to do critical speech sound movements. The techniques are simple, yet powerful, and coordinate with the stimulation of speech sounds.

You no doubt already use visual and auditory sensory stimulation in your therapy, e.g. a mirror, demonstration of the sound, etc.  In this video, you'll add other sensations:  tactile, proprioception, and taste, and learn how to apply them and the benefits.  Sensory Assist Therapy is an underused yet high effective technique to generate articulation competence.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop and demonstrate at least five strategies to use with a child to localize mouth-parts for speech placement.
  • Define and describe the three types of sensory therapy.
  • Identify at least three ways to provide sensory interactions more effectively to facilitate articulatory movements for front-tongue vertical speech sounds.
  • List at least five methods to increase oral sensory awareness of the tongue, roof of mouth, side teeth, and jaw.
About Char: Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist, author, seminar presenter, and president and co-founder of Speech Dynamics, Inc. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Western Michigan University under the extraordinary tutelage of Dr. Charles Van Riper, the “father” of articulation therapy during the final years of his illustrious career. 
Char began her career in the public schools in the early 70’s with a caseload of over 110 children.  Since then, she has worked many years in the public schools, developed and ran her own private practice, and, for seven years was an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department at Loma Linda University in southern California. Her interest in creating effective therapy techniques has evolved into the development of several practical articulation publications, videos (articulation and language), and articles.
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This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Course Timeline:
10 Minutes: What is Sensation and Sensory Therapy?
10 Minutes: The Speech Base: Stabilization & Mobilization for Lingual Speech Sounds
10 Minutes: The Three Types of Sensory Therapy
20 Minutes: The Seven Sensory Strategies and How to Apply Them
10 Minutes: Summary; Questions

Disclosure Statement:  
Char Boshart is a presenter for and receives royalties. She is also a consultant and ASHA CEU Administrator for the Bureau of Education & Research and receives honorarium and compensation, as well as the owner of Speech Dynamics Inc. from which she receives salary compensation.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
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