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“The importance of thorough pediatric orofacial assessments in speech pathology: It’s not just for speech sounds anymore” will be published in the online edition of Advance for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists on November 16, 2011.
Article Summary: This article explains the importance of documenting orofacial assessment findings for multidisciplinary referral and diagnosis purposes. It offers several personal clinical case examples of atypical orofacial findings, which let to subsequent medical diagnosis of neurological and genetic disorders. It also explains why in some select circumstances, SLP’s may be the first professionals to observe/record atypical findings.