What causes incorrect speech patterns?
Children with incorrect orofacial muscle patterns such as a tongue thrust, often suffer from lisps or have difficulty in 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 facial muscles and tongue muscles to function in the optimal way. Through non-invasive, exercise-based techniques (motor programing), children gradually learn to adopt the correct facial, tongue and lip posture, allowing the orofacial muscles to develop properly and avoid cosmetic and functional issues now and in the future.
Contact Rochelle at Orofacial Myology Health to organise a no-obligation consultation and discuss treatment options for your child.