“The combined studies showed that: 1. Breast feeding is associated strongly with improved speech clarity in the male child and the tendency for breast feeding to be associated with improved tonal quality is sustained. 2. Reading ability is associated with breast feeding for the entire group, boys showing the effect more clearly than girls. 3. A high degree of association was found between reading ability and speech clarity. 4. There is an association between breast feeding and confidence. There is evidence that the feeding effect is different for both sexes and that differences exist between the two regions.”
Catherine – Thanks for your thoughtful post. Let me say that I do agree that specific children need specific treatment plans to target their own individual deficits. I think what you’re describing for each specific situation sounds clincally appropriate because in each situation, you’ve justified WHY you’d want to use an oral motor technique. I also agree with you in thinking that Dr. Lof’s point is that just to do tongue lateralizations or blowing and sucking without a specific sound goal or outcome in mind is not what we need to do.