Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
Examples of OMD’s can include…
- Thumb and finger sucking habits
- Resting with the lips apart
- A forward resting posture of the tongue between or against the teeth
- Tongue Thrust
- Other harmful oral habits
We provide high quality, personalized therapy treatment to children, adults, and their families in need of our services. We pride ourselves on our diagnostic skills, and use the latest assessment tools and therapeutic resources.
Most treatment programs are individualized and focus on tongue and facial resting postures, swallowing, and speech articulation. Children often need help and encouragement from their family to practice prescribed exercises.
Numerous studies have demonstrated Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy’s effectiveness in the treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
Speech and Language Therapy A person with abnormal oral muscle patterns may suffer a lisp or have difficulty in articulating sounds. If muscles in the tongue and lips are incorrectly postured, this can prevent a person from forming sounds of normal speech. Speech 4 Fun! provides comprehensive speech and language screening, evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents.
A screening is a brief meeting with your child that will help identify strengths and weaknesses and determine if a more thorough evaluation is needed. Typically results are obtained through conversation and/or play based activities.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Most treatment programs are individualized and focus on tongue and facial resting postures, swallowing, and speech articulation.
Therapy is painless and the exercises are relatively simple. When certain muscles of the face are activated and functioning properly, other muscles will follow suit until proper coordination of the tongue and facial muscles is attained. With myofunctional therapy, a patient can regain the joy of eating, speaking, breathing, and even sleeping more soundly. Cosmetic improvements can help restore confidence and self-esteem.
We are committed to providing the best services available including individual treatment plans that fit your child’s needs and emphasize family education. This family centered approach to treatment includes the parent being directly involved in the evaluation, development, and implementation of your child’s goals and continued success.
While our goal is always “Oral Rest Posture” we work with clients that have a tongue thrust, sucking or biting habits, breathing issues associated with allergies or perhaps airway issues, clients that have symptoms of TMJ disorders, and tongue or lip ties.