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Age:  3 years and up
Administration:  Individual or Group

   Using Piaget’s approach for concrete operational stages of development, it was discovered that very young children many times use a motor component in conjunction with verbal utterances.  Thus, a child seeing a box opening and closing may in fact open and close their mouth several times before eliciting a verbal response or trying to open and shut the box themselves.

 The Oral-Motor Myofunctional Approach to Speech combined with sign language has been found effective in getting children to link verbal utterances with a motor response. Slosson is now coupling this Oral-Motor Myofunctional Approach to Speech (O-MMATS) with the Say & Sign Language Program (SSLP) to encourage language delayed children to start communicating via hand movements and to encourage regular education children to start communicating with hearing impaired or language delayed children. This has been found to be a very effective communication model because the repeated exposure of hand signing along with a verbal gesture is much more effective than using a single mode of communication. This bi-modal approach uses a very effective association technique of giving non-verbal children a new and exciting way of understanding the world around them.

 The O-MMATS presents an oral-motor myofunctional approach to speech problems which do not respond to phonological processes techniques or to other cognitively based approaches. It presents a series of facilitation exercises designed to develop muscle strength, jaw closure, centerline airstream, and the tongue-tip placement and grooving necessary for the production of the schshl, and r sounds. The functional oral motor exercises may be used in conjunction with skilled speech therapy treatments in public schools, universities, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, health care centers, and in private practice.
Signing for Language Acquisition Combo Kit Includes:
   SSLP Complete Kit:
  • Say & Sign Letters Game: Signing Gamebook
  • Signo Puppet
  • Signing Dare Card Deck
  • Oral-Motor Myofunctional Approach to Speech
Signing for Language Acquisition (SLA)
SLA-1     O-MMATS & SSLP Combo Kit..................
O-MMATS-1     O-MMATS.....................................
SSLP-1     SSLP Complete Kit...............................
Say & Sign Language Program (SSLP):
  The SSLP is a program that addresses articulation skills, speech production, basic sign language skills, and finger spelling.  This program gives hearing students a gentle introduction to the silent world through The Chimpanzee Who Couldn't Grunt or Yell, a book illustrated in signed english.  The book is designed to be read to both large and small groups who may then practice the finger/word signs on each page.
 The next step in the program includes Signo Coloring/Activities Workbook with reproducible pages.  The teacher simply hands out several pages a day to all participants wishing to learn signing and play the game. As the students color the pages, they subliminally partake of Signo, the delightful chimpanzee character, performing hand signing activities, that continue to familiarize students with signed words.
​  The final step of the program is to play the Signo Say & Sign Letters Game. As each student advances around the game board and lands on finger/word signing commands, he/she can perform the task, or ask opponents to pick-up dare cards. Dare cards are stacked in the middle of the board and picture Signo, signing the board commands.
Oral-Motor Myofunctional Approach to Speech
 Teachers create a reproducible hand-punch pass around signing ringed flip-book which also shows students how to sign each command on the game board. These are the same signing/commands your students have been pre-exposed to with Signo Coloring/ Activities Workbook hand-outs. Now, students use their developing sign language and finger spelling skills in an interactive format that encourages interaction between hearing and hard-of-hearing students in a motivating and exciting game.
 Finally, SIGNO, the chimpanzee first introduced in the book, comes to life as a lovable puppet. He has movable articulators which allow him to demonstrate approximate tongue positions for sound production and swallowing, making him useful for both hearing and hard-of-hearing students.