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Therapy for a group of tongue thrust swallowers and their mothers

Nigel Bligh
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Journal of the South African Speech and Hearing Association: Vol 19, No 1 | a415 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v19i1.415 | © 2019 Nigel Bligh | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 November 2016 | Published: 31 December 1972

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Nigel Bligh, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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A brief description of tongue thrusting and associated problems is given. The therapy programme for a group of tongue thrusting children and their mothers is described. Traditional swallow retraining was used with the group of children in conjunction with exercises for strengthening and increasing oro-sensory awareness of tongue and lips. A therapist guided the mothers' discussions while they observed therapy. Results indicated that therapy was successful. The conclusions suggest further avenues of research.


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