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What's the Evidence For Oral Motor Therapy? --- A response to Bowen 2005

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What's the Evidence For Oral Motor Therapy? --- A response to Bowen 2005

By: Pam Williams, Hilary Stephens and Veronica Connery

In the field of developmental speech disorders, the evidence base for treatment approaches remains in its infancy (Pring, 2004). When standard, phased models for clinical-outcome research (Robey, 2004) are applied to our current evidence base, it is clear that we are only at phase 1 of the five phases. This is the phase at which therapies are defined and single case studies or small-scale intervention studies take place to demonstrate a treatment effect (Garrett & Thomas, 2006). Single case studies and/or small-scale intervention studies (Gierut,1998) cannot be taken as definitive proof that a therapy approach does or does not work. Since we are far from knowing unequivocally what works and for which group(s) of children, it is far too early to consider “condemning” an individual therapy approach.

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