Elizabeth Tuites, DH, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Speech therapy is provided in the areas of:
- Receptive and Expressive Language
What is orofacial myofunctional therapy?
Orofacial myofunctional therapy is provided to help correct orofacial myofunctional disorders. These disorders involve behaviors and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function and incorrect habits of the tongue, lips, and jaws. For more detailed information about orofacial myfunctional disorders go to www.iaom.com.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy would include correcting one or a combination of the following disorders:
- Incorrect Swallowing Pattern - the improper placement and function of the tongue during swallowing. This is often called a tongue thrust which is when the tongue moves forward or sideways against or between the teeth.
- Incorrect Tongue/Lip Resting Posture - includes an open lip posture and a low or forward tongue resting posture against or between the teeth.
- Oral Habits - thumb, finger, or pacifier sucking beyond an appropriate age. Other habits could include finger nail biting, lip biting or licking, and tongue sucking.