Oral motor therapy is utilized to target increased strength and coordination of the lip, tongue, and cheek muscles. We create a targeted protocol to increase your child’s oral motor skills throughout therapy.
Oral Motor Therapy for Feeding
Oral motor therapy is used to encourage growth in feeding skills. When a child has a low tone in the oral and facial muscles, it has a negative impact on his or her chewing, swallowing, and managing of food. We create treatment plans that target goals in this area.
Oral Motor Therapy for Tongue Thrust Reduction
Oral motor therapy is also used in tongue thrust occurs when the tongue is in a forward position at rest. This positioning can have negative effects on dentition, swallowing, and speech. Characteristics of tongue thrust include forward motion and protrusion of the tongue during chewing and swallowing, open mouth posture with tongue on the bottom front teeth at rest, open bite due to constant pressure from the tongue, interdentalization of the tongue while producing sounds such as /s/ and /z/ (placing tongue between the teeth during production of /s/ and /z/).