What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?
OMT is a series of therapeutic techniques to re-pattern and optimize oral and facial functions. It is a neurologic re-education.
of various populations may have Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (aka OMD).
of children with speech/articulation issues likely have OMD’s.
(KELLUM, 1992; MAUL, 1999)
Myofunctional Therapy Includes…
- Eliminating oral habits
- Teaching people how to breathe nasally- breathing and reeducation
- Establish correct oral and facial rest posture
- Instruction on how to chew and swallow correctly
- Habituate good habits
- Correct speech sound errors
Types of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders Include:
- Oral habits (thumb sucking / finger sucking / nail biting)
- Tongue thrust / reverse swallow
- Open mouth breathing
- Structural abnormalities (tongue tie, lip tie, enlarged tonsils, torus, clefts, etc.)
- Lingual scalloping
- Grinding / clenching of teeth (TMJ issues)
- Speech sound errors