I have written ten books on the topics of apraxia, oral-motor, thumb-sucking, drooling and articulation therapy. Many have become best-sellers in the field of speech-language pathology. I am also the founder and co-chair of the Oral Motor Institute and am on the advisory board of SpeechPathology.com.
I spend most of my time traveling across the United States and Canada to speak at conferences and seminars for school districts, hospitals, universities, private clinics, and continuing-education providers. I’ve been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 1976 and have worked with children of all ages and ability levels in schools, hospitals, private practices and university facilities.
About This Blog
I receive hundreds of questions about speech-language therapy during my continuing education seminars and at home via email. Most of these questions come from SLP’s who have workshop follow-up inquiries, or who know of me through reputation. Other questions come from the public at large, including parents and other relatives, teachers and other related professionals. This blog is used to post these questions and my answers so that others may benefit from these exchanges and the information contained therein.
I answer questions in the areas of articulation, motor speech disorders, and related areas. These questions are about specific clients, particular methods, or points of view. I also answer questions about evidence-based practice, the contents of my books, and the material presented in my live and on-line seminars. Periodically I post information about events in popular culture that effect speech-language therapy. Submitted questions are edited for brevity and clarity. Posted answers contain more information than given in answers during live classes.
Questions submitted via email are personally answered by me directly to the writer, usually within a week or two, depending upon my speaking schedule. Sometimes I ask questions back to the writer in order to clarify information before I offer my opinion. Once the email exchange is complete, I edit the question and its answer, remove the submitter’s name, and post the Q&A here, usually within another couple of weeks. In concern for privacy and for obvious practical reasons, not all exchanges are posted.
Q&A’s are available to review chronologically, by topic, or by tag (categorical keyword). All posts are also searchable using the search bar in the menu. Readers who receive my free monthly newsletter get updates with links to the newest Q&A’s that have been posted each month.