Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
What is OMT and how can it help my child?
-OMT corrects improper relationship between the muscles of the face, mouth and throat called Orofacial Myofucntional Disorders (OMD's)
-OMDs may affect, directly and/or indirectly, breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more.
-Untreated OMD's could lead to dental issues, sleep disorders and can even change the look of your child's face.
Wondering if your child could benefit from OMT?
Below are common symptoms that may indicate an OMD:
-Mouth breathing and sluggish appearance/forward head posture
-Difficulty swallowing/frequent sipping of liquid during meals
-Dental issues(i.e-open bite due to thumb sucking/oral habits)
-Feeding issues/food aversion/messy eating/drooling
If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, OMT can help!
The right treatment can make all the difference! Go to our contact page and hit the "schedule appointment button" to be taken to our patient portal where you can schedule an evaluation with one of our experienced SLP's who will personalize a treatment plan for your child's unique needs.
Thumbs Up! Program
Thumb sucking remediation program
What's wrong with thumb sucking?
-Persistent thumb or finger sucking can cause diverse challenges for your child. Constant pressure by the thumb or fingers can cause a high narrow palate, early loss of baby teeth, abnormal swallowing, improper tongue position, speech problems and can even change the rate at which the child's jaw grows.
Children who can break the habit typically enjoy an improved appearance, an ability to speak more clearly and better dental health.
The best time to break the habit
The best time to break this habit is before permanent teeth grow in at around 4 to 6. If your child is older and continues to suck their thumb, don't worry! Therapy performed by a qualified speech language pathologist with training in orofacial myology can begin to reverse the negative effects in just a few weeks.
Our Thumbs Up! program uses the power of positive reinforcement as a motivator, allowing your child to take charge of breaking his or her own habit with guidance and support from both the therapist and parents.