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Oral Motor Institute

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The Oral Motor Institute is committed to the science of oral motor therapies.

"Pam, my mentor and friend, left me a very important job to oversee. I want to assure all OMI subscribers that I have been working diligently over the past year months to carry on Pam's work and contributions to our field. While I will never be able to replace Pam, I am certainly going to try to make her proud!" - Robyn

The OMI is established to publish monographs that demonstrate the evidence base of oral sensory and motor techniques for articulation, motor speech, and feeding treatment. Its mission is to contribute to the field of speech-language-hearing science by expanding our knowledge about the sensory and motor components of articulation, motor speech, and feeding development, disorders, assessment and treatment

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As the Board Chair of the Oral Motor Institute, Robyn highly recommends this resource for anyone that wants to learn more about sensory and motor components of articulation, feeding and orofacial myofunctional disorders..

The Oral Motor Institute was founded by Pam Marshalla, MA, CCC-SLP, and Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CMT, CIMI, in 2007, who found that the field of speech-language-hearing sciences was in need of more information on the evidence base of oral sensory and motor techniques for articulation, motor speech, and feeding treatment.

In 2014, Pam and Diane stepped down as Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors and nominated Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, for the position of Board Chair.

Since then, Robyn works collaboratively with her Board of Directors to produce research compendiums, professional alignments and updated resources for training and research on everything oral motor.

OMI Board:

Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP/COM® - Board Chair

Line Kristiansen Avers, MS, SLP
Debra Beckman, MS, CCC-SLP
Mary Billings, MS, CCC, SLP/COM®
Charlotte Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP
Daymon Gilbert, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D.
Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, NDT/C, CLC, FOM
Renee Roy-Hill, MS, CCC-SLP/COM®
Pat Taylor, M.Ed. COM®, CCC-SLP
Stephen Sacks, MA, CCC-SLP


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