SLP Students Learn Oral Mechanism Exams from Dentist

Dr. Joshua E. Cohen, DDS, a dentist in San Diego worked with speech-language pathology graduate students this past month and taught them how to perform oral mechanism examinations on children at the Center for Children and Families (CCF). After learning about this skill during his lecture, the students practiced examining children at CCF while being supported by faculty.

DSCN9809In these photos, the students are looking in the child’s mouth to assess how different structures (e.g., tongue; lips; teeth) might influence speech production.

“The Center for Children and Families provides invaluable experiences that help shape our developing skills as student clinicians. The opportunity to work with these amazing children helps bridge the gap between our classroom knowledge and real-life application.” -Malia Corona and Nicole Davis, SLP Students at CSUSM



This experience helped us to gain valuable skills and confidence we needed before entering into our field/profession. Our child did a great job that day and we were so proud of her– Katarina Fray & Truc-Mai Pham, SLP Students at CSUSM


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Marilyn Huerta
Public Affairs Communication Specialist II
College of Education, Health & Human Services

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