A Review of Oral and Oropharyngeal Prostheses to Facilitate Speech and Swallowing A dynamic approach for the treatment of oral motor rehabilitation, using the interdisciplinary skills of the speech-language pathologist and the maxillofacial prosthodontist, is suggested. A variety of oral and oropharyngeal prostheses for patients with a cleft palate, oral cancer, dysarthria, and dysphagia has been reviewed. In addition, a new treatment ... Viewpoint
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A Review of Oral and Oropharyngeal Prostheses to Facilitate Speech and Swallowing
 
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  • Jack Light
    Rockville, MD
  • Contact author: Dr. Jack Light, 104 New Mark Esplanade, Rockville, MD 20850
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A Review of Oral and Oropharyngeal Prostheses to Facilitate Speech and Swallowing
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1995, Vol. 4, 15-21. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0403.15
History: Received March 8, 1994 , Accepted October 25, 1994
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1995, Vol. 4, 15-21. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0403.15
History: Received March 8, 1994; Accepted October 25, 1994

A dynamic approach for the treatment of oral motor rehabilitation, using the interdisciplinary skills of the speech-language pathologist and the maxillofacial prosthodontist, is suggested. A variety of oral and oropharyngeal prostheses for patients with a cleft palate, oral cancer, dysarthria, and dysphagia has been reviewed. In addition, a new treatment approach has been described that may greatly enhance traditional speech-language pathology treatment.

Acknowledgments
Jack Light, a maxillofacial prosthodontist, consults with the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, DC, and Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. He also serves as a consultant to Health Concepts, Inc., Malvern, PA, who manufacture a version of the Hand Held Prosthesis.
He acknowledges the contribution of Barbara Reiner in editing this article.
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