Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

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What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD)?

Orofacial Myofuctional Disorders (OMDs) involve incorrect habits, behaviors and patterns of the tongue, lips, jaw and face that result in inappropriate muscle function.  Some signs and symptoms of OMDs include:

  • Thumb Sucking
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Crowded / Crooked Teeth
  • Poor Posture
  • Tongue Thrust
  • Speech Problems

How do I know if my child needs OMT?

If your child experiences any of the following, you may want to consult an OMT:

  • Mouth Breathing
  • Tongue Thrusting
  • Poor Posture / Leaning on Chin
  • Thumb, Finger or Pacifier Sucking
  • Reverse Swallow
  • Cheek or Lip Biting
  • Crowded Teeth
  • Lisping / Speech Issues
  • Picky / Messy Eating
  • Grinding / Clenching of Teeth

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is a series of therapeutic techniques and exercises that re-pattern and optimize oral and facial muscles through neurologic re-education.  Simply said, through doing a series of simple exercises you can retrain your brain to allow your oral and facial muscles to function optimally.  The main goals of OMT are to eliminate poor oral habits (nail biting, thumb sucking, lip licking, etc), improve tongue positioning, improve lip seal, enhance nasal breathing, promote proper chewing and swallowing and relieve symptoms related to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs).

Who provides OMT?

Myofunctional therapists are trained to help patients replace negative habits with functional ones through the use of positive behavior management techniques.  Therapists are often trained through the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT) and are additionally licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Dental Hygienist, Dentist, Orthodontist, Otolaryngologist or Kinesiotherapist.

At Kids Therapy Made Simple we provide OMT through a truly interdisciplinary approach as we have both Speech-Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists trained to provide OMT.  We work closely with your child’s Dentist and/or Orthodontist to provide a comprehensive and integrated approach to your child’s development.

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