Archive for October, 2012

Too young to quit and brother nail biting

I wish pediatricians would stay within their own realm and not tell parents that magic occurs at a certain age and problems disappear. I am dealing with the adult results of such misstatements by well- meaning pediatricians and others.

Two year sucking habit

Unfortunately, I have seen through the years that it is easier to eliminate the habit at an age much younger than two years old or to wait until the child is older. Sad,but true. Once the habit is firmly established for 2 years, it is hard to do anything about it until the child can make that decision for herself/himself based on information we can show them and reason with them about the habit.

Smith Magenis Syndrome

She can produce “la” and “na” with the prop with her tongue tip, but can not produce “ta” and “da” with prop with tongue tip, instead she uses her mid tongue (which is her movement pattern in spontaneous speech).

ankyloglossia ASHA certified orofacial myologists decision to quit diastema Dr. Robert Mason drooling freeway space frenectomy habituation hyoid bone IAOM incisive papilla lack of expressive language lingual frenum lip licking habit lip strength lisp lower alveolar ridge malignant sleep apnea myofunctional therapy Myo Manual narrow palate open bite oral motor orofacial myofunctional disorders orofacial myology orofacial myology treatment palatal expander post frenectomy quick tongue tie assessment restricted lingual frenum sleep apnea speech language pathologist sucking habits suctioning thumb thumb sucking TMJ tongue exercises tongue protrusion tongue thrust tongue tie tongue to spot unplugging the thumb