Myofunctional Therapy From A Speech Pathologists Perspective
Myofunctional Therapy is neuromuscular re-education of the muscles of the head and neck. Some of the many goals associated with the therapy are to:
- Eliminate a tongue thrust
- Promote a proper lip seal
- Promote a lingual-palatal resting posture
- Facilitate nasal breathing
- Promote posterior teeth together swallowing
- Facilitate bilateral chewing
- Facilitate correct drinking
- Eliminate negative oral habits
- Aids with TMJ pain
- Aids with decreasing the severity of Sleep Apnea
It is of utmost importance for medical and dental professionals to work collaboratively for the benefit of the patient. In this interview with Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC, we get to see Myofunctional Therapy from a speech pathologist perspective.
Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC, is a Speech Pathologist specializing in Myofunctional Therapy, as well as in orofacial function and development throughout the lifespan. She has taught many courses internationally and has trained many professionals from varying fields in her E3 Model of Care and flagship course TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training. Autumn has a practice located in Greenville South Carolina and you can find her at https://www.chrysalisorofacial.com/.
Dental professionals can work collaboratively with speech pathologists for the identification of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders. Check out the video below to learn more.
For more information on how you can get training to do Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy check out the links below: