Does Your Child Have a Speech Impediment?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Can help
- Is your child working with a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) but they are having trouble perfecting the last few sounds?
- Oral-Facial Advantage works hand-in-hand with your Speech Pathologist to get your child to the finish line. Helping with that last nudge towards clearer pronunciation.
The delicate balance of your child's oral-facial complex is in a malleable state of growth.
The Advantage Program personalizes your child’s therapy by removing unsymmetrical growth habits and in place builds new muscle memory to create an improved/balanced oral-facial foundation. Which helps create toning in the tongue, lips, and jaw for better posture during speech.
Benefits of an Orofacial Myologist in Conjunction with a Speech Pathologist
5 Things that may be Holding Your Child Back From Better Pronunciation
Where the tongue rests in the mouth dictates its ability to move into position for specific letters, and how toned it is to be able to reach those positions.17,18,19,35,36
The tongue has a varying degree of restriction, which means it is locked to the bottom of the mouth, preventing proper positioning for pronunciation.
Can affect: "t," "d," "z," "s," "th," "r," and "l."25,26,27,28,29,30
How the tongue moves and where it presses against during a swallow. The lack of control they have over their tongue can have a disruptive impact on the tissues and skeletal structure of the oral cavity making articulation more difficult.17,18,19
If your child sucks their thumb or finger, bites their nails, or chews their hair… All of these daily repetitive oral habits mold their oral structures around these habits making speech impediments all but impossible to remove completely without removing the habit first and re-adjusting/balancing the oral, head, and neck framework.36,37,38,39,41
Changes facial features, oral structures, sounds nasally if airway is blocked, and many more side-effects.11,16,19,20,21,23
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Capable Of?
At Oral-Facial Advantage, we guide your child's growth towards a more balanced oral-facial foundation. Aiding to prevent, or soothe the many disorders you see through-out this website.
Reflexive vs. Conscious
We chew, swallow, breathe, and rest our mouths as an un-trained reflexive habit.
The Oral-Facial Advantage Program is a personalized straightforward set of exercises, scientifically designed to build new beneficial long-term muscle-memories.
At What Age Can My Child Begin Oral-Facial Muscle Therapy?
The younger the child the more flexible their physiology and behavior.
Mature 3 to 4 year old mouth breathers can learn nasal breathing.
Mentally prepared 5 year old's can begin the Oral Habit Elimination Program.
7 to 8+ year old's can start their Oral-Facial Advantage Program.
Who is Eligible for a Free Consult?
All ages can come in for a free consult.
It is a great opportunity for your questions to be answered, and for the Orofacial Myologist to assess your child's readiness for the program.
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Benefits of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Soothes or relieves headaches
Can help reduce snoring & apnea
May reverse some ADHD symptoms
Opens upper airways
Can prevent long face syndrome
Alleviates facial pain
Improves posture & core muscle stability
Increases jaw range of motion
Facial symmetry: Tones facial muscles & tissues
Improves focus, memory, productivity
Lowers harmful stress hormones
Relieves digestive discomfort
Eliminates habits involving the mouth
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
The mouth, head, and neck are a complex weave of muscles, tissues, joints, bones, blood vessels, and nerves that all need to work together for a smooth, discomfort free daily function.
Currently, we are born and grow with little direction and training in this area of our bodies. We eat the way we eat, we chew on the side that is most comfortable, we swallow whichever way gets the food down, our tongues rest wherever they rest, we breathe the easier way, and we have repetitive habits that soothe our stress that can involve our faces and mouths.
All of these reflexive habits can create abnormalities in your child's oral and facial structures, and since they have been doing them throughout their youthful growth, their bones and muscles have molded around these untrained habits, potentially creating ingrained disorders in their later years.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists specialize and only focus on the muscles and tissues throughout the tongue, jaw, face, head, and neck. Weekly exercises are given that either tone or relax these muscles and tissues aligning them to your child's center. Working from their foundation up. Progressively resetting years of habits. Most children will complete the program within the year and yet their new symmetry could last their lifetime.
A Stanford University Systematic Review revealed the lasting beneficial effects of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in a wide cohort:
“Current literature demonstrates that orofacial myofunctional therapy decreases apnea-hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children. Improvements to snoring and daytime sleepiness. Shown effective in children and adults of all ages studied thus far; youngest patient 3 yrs old to 60 yrs old. Therapy has an important role in preventing relapse.”48
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