CONSULTATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENTS
Myofunctional Approach to therapy for Toddlers & Preschoolers
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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
Early Intervention services
Expressive Language Delay/Disorder
Receptive Language Delay/Disorder
Articulation and Phonological Disorders
Motor Speech Disorders
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech (sCAS)
Oral Function for speech clarity
Difficulty transitioning to solid foods, advancing textures and cup drinking
Sensory aversions to food (texture, flavor, temperature, etc)
Difficulty biting and chewing foods
Limited food repertoire
Rigid mealtime behaviors (requires specific brands, only eats a certain color food, etc)
Poor weight gain
Oral Function for feeding
Tethered Oral Tissues
LACTATION/BREASTFEEDING COUNSELING AND SUPPORT
Oral Function assessment of infant (weak suck, uncoordinated suck, nipple shield dependent, unable to latch, painful latch, etc).
Tongue and Lip Tie Assessment
Oral function rehabilitation after tongue and/or lip tie release
ORAL HABITS CESSATION PROGRAM
Many children struggle with eliminating thumb sucking, finger sucking, extended pacifier use and other noxious oral habits, which can cause the following:
• Increased overbite, open bite, overjet and palatal growth
• Altered facial growth
• Orthodontic problems
• Oral function problems
• Speech articulation issues
• Feeding issues
This program focuses on determining the “why”. Why is this oral habit occurring? It’s normal for babies to suck but when this extends past infancy, there is a reason why. Let’s figure that out and fix it! We focus on positive reinforcement, boosting a child’s confidence and never making them feel shameful about their habit.
The program includes the following
Assessment of oral structure and function
"Quit Day" session, which includes a Quit Kit/supplies needed for successful cessation of the habit. This session also includes daily phone calls or texts with the child for 7 days
4 follow-up visits are provided to follow progress, troubleshoot any issues and reassess the oral structure. This is provided roughly over the course of 4 months.
MYOFUNCTIONAL APPROACH TO THERAPY FOR TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS
Traditionally, myofunctional therapy is intended for children 4 and up, due to the complex nature of the instructions the children need to follow.
Myofunctional therapy is used to correct improper use of the tongue and facial muscles, which can impact: speech, feeding, breathing, sleep, facial growth/development and more.
I provide myofunctional influenced therapy to toddlers & preschoolers in a fun, play based way that is appropriate for their developmental level.
This also includes working on proper oral function skills for noxious oral habits cessation (e.g. pacifier, thumb sucking, finger sucking). In the toddler and younger preschool population we cannot always work towards elimination, but we can work towards decreasing the intensity and frequency of the habit.