Orofacial myology is the study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing, and overall mental and physical health. (Sandra Holtzman, MS, CCC/SLP, COM)
Habitual open-mouth resting posture with tongue low and forward in the oral cavity.
Initial stages of closure with facial tension evident (2-3 months into therapy).
The orofacial myofunctional evaluation includes assessment of the oral structures and how they are used during speech and non-speech activities such as chewing and swallowing. Part of the evaluation may include a referral to an allergy doctor, an ENT specialist and/or an orthodontist.
Children often need help and encouragement from their family to practice their treatment exercises. You will see the best results when the family works with their child every day.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s speech as it relates to chewing/bolus collection and swallowing, please contact Jenifer Midili, Clinical Director – Falls Church, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 685-1070, Mailbox 2. Or, click here to complete/send our Falls Church contact form.