Analysis of speech-language pathology students' knowledge regarding the use of non-speech oral motor exercises (NSOMEs) in clinical practice: an exploratory pilot study

Rumbach, Anna, Rose, Tanya and Bomford, Catherine (2016) Analysis of speech-language pathology students' knowledge regarding the use of non-speech oral motor exercises (NSOMEs) in clinical practice: an exploratory pilot study. Speech, Language and Hearing, 19 1: 46-54. doi:10.1080/2050571X.2015.1116730


Author Rumbach, Anna
Rose, Tanya
Bomford, Catherine
Title Analysis of speech-language pathology students' knowledge regarding the use of non-speech oral motor exercises (NSOMEs) in clinical practice: an exploratory pilot study
Journal name Speech, Language and Hearing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2050-5728
2050-571X
Publication date 2016
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/2050571X.2015.1116730
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 46
End page 54
Total pages 9
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom
Publisher Maney Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The use of non-speech oral motor exercises (NSOMEs) in some areas of speech-language pathology (SLP) clinical practice has been debated in the literature. It is unknown if graduating SLP students have a clear understanding regarding appropriate NSOME use. This study aimed to explore SLP students’ knowledge and experiences regarding the use of NSOMEs in the SLP management of (1) dysphagia, (2) tongue thrust swallowing, (3) dysarthria, (4) childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) with a co-occurring oral apraxia, (5) CAS without a co-occurring oral apraxia, (6) articulation disorders, and (7) phonological disorders. An online questionnaire was completed by 51 SLP students in their final year of study. Students reported to have observed or used NSOMEs in each of the seven practice areas. While only five students (9.8%) reported knowledge of NSOME use that was inconsistent with the current evidence-base recommendations for speech production, students lacked clarity regarding appropriate NSOME use in each of the practice areas. The findings from this study suggest that further education regarding NSOME use would be beneficial for SLP students and clinical supervisors.
Keyword NSOMEs
Non-speech
Oral
Motor
Exercises
Students
Knowledge
Experience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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