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The Ora-Light System — formulated after many years of clinical experience

Clinical Background

The Ora-Light® System of oral motor exercise tools is a major step forward for the Speech Language Therapist/Pathologist providing a set of practical tools for the successful treatment of patients with speech and swallow disorders.

  • Jack Light DDS, MSD, a maxillofacial prosthodontist, who has treated patients with oral motor deficits resulting in speech and swallowing disorders for the past 30 years, invented the Ora-Light Oral Motor Exercise System.
  • Working with Speech & Language Therapists/ Pathologists he has incorporated clinical experiences and observational data to design an oral motor exercise system to strengthen the oral musculature for the improvement in speech and swallowing.
  • The new Ora-Light system consists of oral prosthetic treatmenttools.

  • These hand held tools have forms and texture incorporated to provide tactile propriocepture feedback for sensory-motor stimulation to improve the lips, front tongue and back tongue therapy. The system also exercises the musculature of the cheeks, soft palate and pharynx.
  • The goal of the oral motor exercise system using a physiotherapeutic exercise protocol is to strengthen the underlying musculature and neuromotor co-ordination and competency for speech and swallowing.
  • The Ora-Light Exercise System and regime enables the patient to carry out consistent and repetitive exercises (drill).
  • Ora-Light should be introduced in clinical treatment sessions, and enables the therapy regime to continue in the patient's home.
  • Using the Ora-Light system will help to provide repetition of the corrected pattern and achieve automatic execution of the skilled task.
  • With each oral motor problem and diagnosis Ora-Light can be used according to the specific needs of the patient. Although a suggested exercise protocol is provided with the Ora-Light system the Speech Language Therapist can prescribe a customized exercise regime for each patient.

Clinical References

The following papers will provide useful for background information on the concepts of oral motor exercise techniques with oral motor exercise tools.

Prosthetic Functional Therapy: A new method for rehabilitation of the orally handicap pedpatient.

Jack Light DOS, MSD. Archives Otolaryngology, Vol 104, August 1978, pages 442-445

A Review of Oral and Oropharyngeal Prosthesis to facilitate Speech and Swallowing.

Jack Light. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Vol 4, No 3, pages 15-21, August 1995

Functional Assessment Testing for Maxillofacial Prosthesis.

Jack Light, DDS, MSD, MPH. Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Vol 77, No. 4, pages 358- 393, April 1997.

The Dental Prosthesis used for Intra-oral Muscle Therapy in the Rehabilitation of the Stroke Patient.

Jack Light, DDS, MSD, MPH. Sandra Beer Edelman, DDS, Augusta Alba, MD. New York State Dental Journal, pages 22-27, May 2001

Sensory / Motor Therapy for the Treatment of Oral Dyskinesia.

Jack Light, DDS, MSD, MPH. International Journal of Orofacial Myology, Vol 21, pages 23-28, 1995

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