Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial myofunctional (muscle function) therapy is a re-patterning of the improper function of the facial and oral muscles. The goal of therapy is to achieve correct tongue position, improved breathing, speaking, chewing and swallowing through a regimen of facial and tongue exercises. Myofunctional therapy can take anywhere from 6-12 months; however, this can vary depending on the individual.

What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder?

Orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) refers to the improper function of the muscles of the face, tongue and mouth. OMDs can affect growth and facial and dental development, speech, swallowing, chewing and breathing. Additionally, OMDs can impede the treatment of orthodontists, dentists and speech pathologists. Tongue ties, thumb or finger sucking, and pacifier use can also result in OMDs.

Problems resulting from an OMD

Myofunctional therapy is effective for children, teens, and adults. The following are problems related to OMDs that can be improved and/or eliminated with myofunctional therapy.

•  Struggling with oral habits – e.g. thumb sucking, fingernail biting, pacifier use.

•  Speech disorders – Sounds often impacted by an OMD are /s/, /z/, /sh/, /ch/, /j/, /t/, /d/, /n/, /l/ and /r/.

Cosmetic problems – A person with an OMD can have a sluggish appearance. Facial grimaces and a knobby looking chin may result from tight muscles of the cheeks, lips and chin. An open mouth posture and tongue thrust can also contribute to facial esthetics being undesirable.

• Dental problems – A tongue thrust, thumb sucking or pacifier use, and/or an incorrect resting posture can all contribute to a malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth) and/or an open bite (an “open” space between the upper and lower teeth). This can lead to difficulties with biting, chewing, swallowing, digesting food and speaking.

Our Goal

In order to ensure the most effective and successful treatment, we begin with an evaluation to determine the best treatment plan for each individual patient. We do not take a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Additionally, we work closely with a team of professionals that may include orthodontists, ENTs, dentists and oral surgeons to make sure that our patients’ needs are addressed and treated properly.

Client Testimonials

Lindsey Dean
Lindsey Dean
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We absolutely love Fox Therapy Services and we are so glad we found Jessie! After trying several other Speech Therapists we were feeling frustrated and a bit lost. Our son is 4 & I wanted him to be able to receive the help and tools he needs while still having fun in the process. Jessie as an awesome ability to make Speech Therapy enjoyable for him. He looks forward to going every week and we have seen him make amazing progress. Jessie is very knowledgeable in Speech Pathology, yet talks to me mom-to-mom, which I so appreciate. We would definitely recommend Jessie & Fox Therapy Services!
Neyda De Pau
Neyda De Pau
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I cannot say enough about Fox Speech Services! We worked with Ms Stefanie. My daughter was extremely speech delayed. We had been at another independent therapist and I just felt that they were misdiagnosing her. Luckily, due to a change in health insurance and through the referral of our pre-school, we enrolled with Ms Stefanie and the rest is history. My daughter has fully developed in her verbal communication and is now confident in herself because she can articulate. We recommend this place all the time.
Lauren K
Lauren K
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I recently saw Amelia, the lactation consultant, who is IBCLC certified as well as a dietician. My 5 month old had been having weight gain issues, and Amelia was very professional, compassionate, and thorough. Amelia made recommendations and frequently followed up with us to see how things were going and to see if those recommendations needed to be modified. She was always available and you could tell that she truly loves and is passionate about what she does. Amelia shared her own personal struggles with breastfeeding, which made me feel comfortable and like I wasn't the only one having issues with this. I feel like her also being a dietician gives her a rounded out perspective. It seems that many lactation consultants are anti-formula, but Amelia approached our case without judgment and worked with us so that we could ultimately continue breastfeeding but also meet nutritional needs and gain weight.
Jenelle Smith
Jenelle Smith
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Jessie is literally a miracle worker. I am one of her older patients, so I was not sure how much work could actually be done for someone who wasn't a child. But wow. In 3 months time Jessie worked so hard with me and boy did it pay off. She helped my speech and now I can barely hear my previous sharpness in speech. And it doesn't hurt that she is also a lovely, gregarious, kind woman. Go see Jessie, she knows what she's doing!!!!
Kelly M
Kelly M
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My 2.5 yr old son has been seeing the owner Jessie for almost 6 months now. When we first contacted Fox speech services we were in the process of getting my sons surgery scheduled for a tongue and lip tie release. My 2.5yr old was not talking AT ALL. I was beyond concerned and my gut was always filled with worry. I had my doubts. From the first session I still had doubts because it's play based. We're six months in and I have absolutely been proven wrong. My son who wasn't talking has over 20-25 words and is working on two word combos now and his comprehension of speech is taking off. We wouldn't be where we are right now with out Jessie and her fantastic team. They've become family to us and I'm so grateful and thankful for finding them.
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