Incorrect speech patterns
Children with incorrect orofacial muscle patterns such as a tongue thrust often suffer from lisps or have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds. Correct pronunciation relies on correct positioning of the tongue, lips and jaw. When a child suffers from positioning issues, the muscles tend to be out of balance and uncoordinated. This leads to speech difficulties and can have a flow-on effect to a child’s ability to communicate, social wellbeing and confidence.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) addresses these issues by training a child’s tongue muscles to elevate the tongue at rest and to function in the optimal way. Through non-invasive, exercise-based techniques, children gradually learn to adopt the correct facial, tongue and lip posture, allowing the orofacial muscles to develop properly and enhance the results of the Speech Pathologist’s work.
Contact Rochelle to organise a no-obligation consultation and how treatment can enhance their speech therapy.