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September 17, 1955

Moto-Kinesthetic Speech Training

JAMA. 1955;159(3):232. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960200078025

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As late as 1952 there still lingered in medicine the superstition that speech defects might be caused by congenital shortness of the frenulum of the tongue and could be prevented or cured by cutting this normal structure. Only one who has actually seen an unnecessary operation of this sort on a newborn baby can fully appreciate the magnificent work of recent years whereby this misconception, with many others, has been cleared up. This book summarizes the work already done by pioneers in the field, explains the many causes of speech defects, and illustrates the methods whereby children with various handicaps can be helped to speak. Sometimes the trouble has been simply a lack of people to talk to, and sometimes it is cerebral palsy, cleft palate, or deafness. Sometimes the acquisition of even a single word is a triumph, while at other times the remedy is simple, but in many

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