"Food" for thought today:
There's been a lot of talk on social media and in coursework about "cookbook therapy". What does this mean? It implies therapists are given a "recipe" for therapy and treat everyone the same exact way. Well here's what we know...
World renowned chefs write cookbooks because their food tastes good. Cooks and homemakers want those tips to make good quality food at home; however if you have someone over for dinner who can't eat gluten, you substitute and modify. 🗣
When the top oral motor, oral placement and Orofacial Myofunctional experts create therapy programs, they are the chefs. They take the knowledge and evidence base and create programs and hierarchies to be able to teach all the "cooks" how to sharpen their skill sets. They teach. They demonstrate. It's up to the individual therapist to assess their patients / students and modify the "recipes" according to each individual need.
~Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP