Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Beckman Oral Motor Therapy-Sometimes It All Comes Together
A few months ago I discovered a new oral therapy while reading through posts on http://www.smaspace.com The therapy is called Beckman Oral Therapy http://www.beckmanoralmotor.com/. Because SMA Type 1 patients get jaw contractures and have very limited range of motion in their jaws I have always been concerned about what the future holds for Shira's ability to keep speaking. I knew I had to take some kind of action before it was too late and this video appeared http://smaspace.ning.com/video/romansspeech-therapy-oral Today the head speech pathologist came over to improve the techniques I had learned by watching the video. I will post a video soon as well as the instructions I received from Phil Harmuth on Beckman Oral Therapy. I can't say enough about Shira's progress from our daily Beckman routine. Shira's jaw has more movement than ever before and she can actually seperate her upper and lower jaws. If you aren't already performing oral therapy on your child I strongly suggest doing some form of oral therapy to help prevent contractures and keep some range of motion in the jaw. This therapy also has relieved a lot of pressure in Shira's face. Sometimes everything just comes together and this is one of those days. Thanks Phil Harmuth and the Queen Alexandra Centre!