Speechtraining 4 Improved Tongue & Lip Position

Speech Training 4 Improved Tongue & Lip Position

Speech Sound Therapy

Speech sound therapy involves instruction in the sounds that are troublesome and difficult to produce.  In many cases this can be due to improper positioning of the tongue, which can negatively affect the ability to say the s, l and r sounds clearly. Therapy is offered individually, either in person or online to best meet your child’s needs, especially in this time of pandemic related restrictions.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial myofunctional therapy involves establishing correct resting posture of the tongue and lips which can have a positive effect on dentition, breathing and swallowing patterns, and speech.  Therapy is often provided in conjunction with orthodontia treatment and may be initiated upon referrals from your dentist and orthodontist.  Sessions are provided in person, online or in a combination of both.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial myofunctional therapy involves establishing correct resting posture of the tongue and lips which can have a positive effect on dentition, breathing and swallowing patterns, and speech.  Therapy is often provided in conjunction with orthodontia treatment and may be initiated upon referrals from your dentist and orthodontist.  Sessions are provided in person, online or in a combination of both.

What should I expect from speech and orofacial myofunctional therapy?

What should I expect from speech and orofacial myology therapy?

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy begins with an evaluation of your child’s ability to make all of the sounds of English, in a variety of speaking tasks that vary from producing the sound in isolation to conversation.  Results are analyzed for errors or error patterns and are compared to children similar in age.  Goals for instruction and practice are then determined.

During speech therapy sessions, your child will engage in fun games and activities centered around developing those sounds determined to be in error.  Tasks will progress in difficulty, and instruction will center around teaching proper tongue placement, manner (how the sound is made) and voicing.  Speech practice will happen both in therapy sessions and at home through a program tailored to your child’s needs.  The ultimate goal will be for your child to speak clearly and to be understood.  

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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy begins with an evaluation of the lips, jaw, and tongue at rest and in motion during activities such as chewing, swallowing, non-speech movements and speaking. Observations of posture, breathing patterns, and dentition will be made.  A treatment plan with specific goals will be created, in conjunction with appropriate referrals to other disciplines as needed.  These may include ENT (ear, nose, and throat) physicians, dentists and orthodontists.

Depending on the need, therapy can help with tongue-tie and reduction of thumb-sucking behaviors.

Ideally your evaluation will be conducted in-person.  Treatment sessions will involve learning specific exercises to address your goals, and these may be provided either in-person or online.