ORAL PLACEMENT THERAPY | What is OPT?

Traditional therapy method, it focuses primarily on auditory and visual components. In OPT (ORAL PLACEMENT THERAPY) it is a tactile-proprioceptive teaching technique which accompanies traditional therapy.OPT is an important addition to traditional speech treatment methods for clients with placement and movement deficits.
Clients with motor and/or sensory impairments benefit from tactile and proprioceptive components because speech is a tactile-proprioceptive act.OPT is used to improve articulator awareness, placement (dissociation, grading, and direction of movement), stability, and muscle memory; all of these are necessary for the development of speech clarity.

OPT can be used with clients of many ages and ability levels. It can be incorporated into program plans for many types of speech disorders (e.g., dysarthria, apraxia of speech voice disorders, fluency disorders and post CVA clients, as well as clients with mild-to-profound levels of hearing loss).

Oral Placement Therapy is a speech therapy which utilizes a combination of:

 (1) Auditory stimulation

 (2) Visual stimulation and

(3) Tactile stimulation to improve speech clarity.

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