Difficulty in using the tongue, lips and jaw can be an indication of impaired oromotor functioning (sometimes known as ‘oral-motor’). Oromotor skills can often be overlooked during an articulation assessment, yet it really gives an essential look at the functioning of a child’s ability to produce speech sounds. It wasn’t until I really understood how sounds were made and the muscles and coordination involved that I really got a lot out of an oromotor assessment… So I encourage you to brush up on your knowledge as I promise you it will change the way you see articulation! Free Download from my TPT store
I have made a simple 1 page oromotor checklist meant to be incorporated as part of the assessment process. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and will be an invaluable tool to understanding if oromotor functioning is affecting the child’s speech production.