The Stone Tongue Thrust Protocol (STTP) is a clinically proven effective tool for the elimination of tongue thrust for individuals over the age of 8. Cally R. Stone MS, CCC-SLP is a state licensed and nationally ASHA certified clinical Speech Language Pathologist who developed and authored the STTP. Her clinical work with tongue thrust came initially as an outpatient hospital clinician who received referrals for tongue thrust due to the insurance company contract with the hospital providers. Frustration with traditional tongue thrust resources falling short in the limited time allowed by the payors, as well as poor follow through by patients led to the integration of techniques used with neurogenic patients who demonstrated oral phase dysphagia.
When Cally became a private practice owner in 2003, she was able to further refine her tongue thrust treatment methods and consistently achieved exceptional results in a shorter amount of time that did not require the “tune ups” reported throughout the tongue thrust literature. Her practice became well known for the Stone Tongue Thrust Protocol (STTP) with patients and practitioners recognizing the value and lasting results of eliminating tongue thrust by training a new resting posture and posterior swallow. The STTP is now available for a second generation of therapists to become certified in the appropriate identification and use of the Protocol for the assessment and treatment of tongue thrust.