I am an SLP/COM®, a Certified Orofacial Myologist®. I am one of a few Speech Pathologists in Texas who are certified in evaluating and treating individuals with Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders.
- What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder? Behaviors and patterns associated with:
- tongue tie, lip tie
- tongue thrust while swallowing
- difficulties from breathing, due to restricted airway (large adenoids or tonsils)
- improper habits, such as digit sucking, cheek or nail biting, teeth clenching.
These behaviors alter the individual’s dentition and/or alignment of the teeth and jaws. Orofacial Myofunctional therapy can help change these patterns and habits and retrain the lips, cheeks, tongue muscles to gain better function, speech, swallow, and overall appearance.
- What is the process?
- I first conduct a full Myo assessment, which includes measurements, pictures, function tests, and strength tests. I also look at the airway.
- The assessment allows me to determine if there is a structure problem that would impede the oral functions of swallowing and speech.
- At the end of the assessment, I discuss the results and create a plan of care.
- I make the appropriate referrals to specialists (Dentists, Orthodontists, ENTs, Airway specialists) if I see a structure issue.
For more information, see http://www.iaom.com/OMDisorders.html.