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PEDIATRIC

MYOFUCTIONAL THERAPY

Many persistent Speech and Language concerns may be related to underlying structural deficits. Once they are remediated/addressed, progress in Speech and Language skills is often seen. Myofunctional therapy is an exercise-based therapy for the muscles of the mouth, tongue, and face. Weaknesses or restrictions in these structures can affect breathing, eating/swallowing, and speech. The exercises are designed to address specific deficits in these functional areas, individual to each client. Our team often collaborates with outside providers such as dentists and ENTs depending on the structural concerns and affected areas of function.

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Myofuctional Therapy is for:

Concern with Lips

  • Lips often always open

  • Lips often pursed tight

  • Lip tie

  • ‘Pout’ lip

  • No lip showing

Concerns with Sleeping

  • Snoring/noisy breathing

  • Restless sleeper

  • Bedwetting

  • Open mouth breathing

  • Drooling at night

Concerns with Tongue

  • Tongue tie

  • Tongue thrust

  • Minimal tongue movement during speech or eating

Concerns with Teeth

  • Crowding/turning of teeth

  • Overjet

  • Underbite or overbite

  • Excessive cavities

  • Teeth grinding

Other Areas of Concern

  • Dark circles under the eyes

  • Oral habits like sucking or biting objects.

  • Frequently sick

  • Persistent speech errors

  • Picky rating

  • Facial asymmetry

  • History of feeding problems

  • Open mouth breathing and chewing

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How we help:

We utilize a mixture of play-based and structured approaches
when implementing this type of therapy, depending on the age, skill, and needs
of the child. It’s important to know that we always tie selected exercises to the
functional task (speech, eating, swallowing, or breathing). That way the child
practices movement/strengthening of the target oral structures to then apply to
real tasks. We provide consistent caregiver support and training for home
carryover when it comes to oral myofunctional therapy. We utilize a variety of
strategies and techniques specifically for each client and their individual needs.
Consistent home practice is needed when involved in this type of therapy as
children focus on building strength and new muscle memory.

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