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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/).

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“Colleen is so friendly and upbeat, and our 10 yr old daughter really loved interacting with her. Our daughter’s clinical progress was immediately noticeable, and it rapidly improved with each session. I attribute much of this to Colleen’s therapy style and her ability to identify the best technique for the child.”
Rosalie S.
“Colleen also worked with us to guide us on how we could reinforce what he was learning with her. She is an exceptional speech therapist.”
Sarah D.
“She had such a warm, sincere and fun approach with my daughter and for the first time, my daughter was excited about speech therapy and talked about Colleen all the time – this never happened with her other therapists! Colleen made speech therapy so fun for my daughter and even integrated her older sister into our weekly visits.”
Therese G.
“In short, Colleen was a wonderful partner in helping our son speak well. When our time was finished we were sad to see her go, but are happy to recommend her to anyone else.”