What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

The term ‘orofacial’ refers to the anatomy of the mouth and face and ‘myofunctional therapy’ is therapy related to correct the movement and use of the muscles. Therefore, orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) is all about improving the strength and function of the muscles of the mouth and face.

So, how does this relate to your child? Well, the muscles of the mouth and face are used in a range of vital daily activities such as breathing, swallowing, speech and posture. When they are not functioning correctly this can lead to a range of difficulties that impact health and wellbeing.

Some specific issues that can be targeted in OMT include:

· Thumb sucking or other non-nutritive sucking habits

· Mouth breathing

· Tongue thrust swallow pattern

· Problems with chewing

· Problems related to tongue tie

If you have any concerns about any of these things feel free to give us a call to discuss further. We can help you to find the right team to support your child to move to a greater level of functioning and health.

Olivia Green
Speech Pathologist

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