I just saw a client and it’s his 5th session coming in. He has a distorted /sh/ and /ch/ in all positions (initial; medial; final). He presents with a very high and narrow arch which makes it much more difficult to work with! I’ve been working on oral motor excersises with him and he can approximate the sounds at about 40% which is very exciting! He’s a bit older and gets embarrassed every time he comes in and at times he begins to whisper as though to drawn out his misarticulation! I’ve found that with many clients who are older (in their teen years), they either begin to whisper or speak very rapidly to try to hid the misarticulations and these are times I feel not only am I a speech therapist, but rather a psychologist as well!
I found that along with Talk-Tools, Myofunctional Therapy has helped so much in helping him finally improve! He’s so motivated now that he actually comes in and remarks about how much better his /sh/ sounds are. Using Myofunctional Therapy has helped him build strength in his tongue muscles and find more control to help approximate the sounds more precisely.