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  • Gick et al. show us that the tongue is often bracing against the upper molars during speech, that this is normal, and cite a few previous studies with similar results. This finding isn't generalizable yet (particularly to kids; needs performed with more people, and extended to younger participants). Nonetheless, it’s an important point for pediatric SLPs to consider as we proceed with treatment of articulatory placement (as in, if you ask your student where his tongue is in his mouth, and he reports that the sides are touching his upper molars, don't freak out or ask him to change it).

  • Komesidou et al. discuss how “…expressive syntax is a vulnerable domain for children with Fragile X…”. In a longitudinal study of 39 kids (ages 2–10) with Fragile X, they found that children with Fragile X were able to make gains in expressive syntax over time (slowed in later years), but expressive language scores were significantly lower for those with Fragile X and autism symptoms.

  • Stadskliev et al. describe a parent support group for families of young AAC users. This small study provides insight into parents’ perspectives on learning to support their child with AAC, and provides clinicians with some ideas for how to better support children and their families.

Gick, B., Allen, B., Roewer-Després, Stavness, I. (2017). Speaking tongues are actively braced. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1044/2016_JSLHR-S-15-0141.

Komesidou, R., Brady, N.C., Fleming, K., Esplund, A., Warren, S.F. (2017). Growth of expressive syntax in children with Fragile X Syndrome. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0360.

Stadskleiv, K. (2017). Experiences from a support group for families of preschool children in the expressive AAC user group. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/07434618.2016.1276960.