Tongue Thrust/Myofunctional Therapy
PediaSpeech's licensed Speech Pathologists are professionals specially trained to treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders. Orofacial myofunctional disorders affect the orofacial muscle complex, including the mouth, tongue, lips, and facial musculature.
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
Myofunctional Therapy provides a tongue and facial muscle strength workout for appropriate oral rest posture. It primarily targets the tongue, lips, cheek, and jaw muscles. These muscles play a significant role in speaking, breathing, swallowing, and chewing. Strengthening these muscles promotes normal oral rest posture. The specific exercises one may need will vary depending on an individual's needs and goals.
In between therapy sessions at PediaSpeech, children are given weekly exercises to practice at home. There are a variety of Myofunctional Therapy exercises that one can efficiently perform at home, in the car, or in other environments. PediaSpeech therapists can help create a curated exercise plan for each child to complete between sessions.
Potential signs of Myofunctional Disorders:
- Abnormal facial skeletal growth
- Sleep-disordered breathing
- Nasal obstruction
- Oral hygiene and dental problems
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
- Tongue Thrust
- And many more
This disorder can:
- Alter the shape of your mouth
- Relate to feeding difficulties or aversions
- Affect the alignment of dentition
- Impact developing speech patterns (specifically the r, s, sh, and l sounds)