23: Build Confidence and See Success with Cycles! With Dawn Moore

Cycles Approach

Often, we think that we always need to be adapting our therapy sessions to use the latest and most innovative techniques. However, there is definitely a place for tried-and-true approaches that have been working well for many years. One of those approaches is the Cycles approach. 

If you aren’t familiar with this approach, then you will love my conversation today with Dr. Dawn Moore. 

Dawn is the founder of Expression Speech, Language, and Myofunctional Center in Burlington, North Carolina. Dr. Moore has over 20 years of experience in the field and earned her clinical doctorate in 2018. For phonology, she uses and teaches others how to use Barbara Hodson’s Cycles for Phonology due to the success she continues to have with the program.

She is here to chat with us about why she sees such great success with the Cycles approach with virtually every type of student she has worked with and how you can incorporate it into your therapy sessions. 



In this episode you’ll discover: 


  • What the Cycles approach is
  • The challenges of using the Cycles approach in a school setting
  • Why auditory bombardment is important 
  • How this approach can help kids with disabilities to progress
  • Strategies for working with unmotivated students 
  • Who the Cycles approach is NOT for
  • Where to start to incorporate this approach
  • Why simple is often better
  • Which speech errors to work on first to maximize impact


After listening to my conversation with Dr. Moore, I hope you recognize the value of incorporating Cycles into your clinical sessions. Be sure to come back and share with me whether you add it to your strategy and how it works for your students. 



Cycles Approach


Joke of the Week: 


Question: What do you call a shoe made from a banana? 

Answer: A slipper


Resources Mentioned: 


Targeting Intelligible Speech book

Cycles Guidelines and Organizational Chart


Expressions Seminars

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