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SLP Corner: Helping Students Who Are Orally Defensive in Speech Therapy

[Source: Doyle Speech Works]

I was working with a group of students last week and I wanted to help them grasp proper tongue placement for /s/. I pulled out the mirrors, tongue depressors, and toothettes when all of a sudden one second grader flipped out. With his hand covering his mouth he pushed himself away from the table and expressed with terror in his voice, “I don’t like things in my mouth!” Okay,” I responded, “no worries we don’t have to use these.” He remained

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