Why are SLPs naturals for Orofacial Myology training?
SLPs see dozens of clients that exhibit symptoms often related to orofacial myological disorders.
Lisps – interdental and lateral plus other lateralized sounds
Other articulation disorders (specific sounds, imprecision, mumbling)
Phase One, Oral Preparatory, swallow symptoms and difficulties
Poor eating habits – too slow, too fast, bites too large or too small; drinking down food with liquids
Drooling, excessive salivation collecting in oral cavity
Oral habits such as thumb sucking, shirt/hair chewing, lip biting, nail biting, etc.
Mouth breathing rather than nasal breathing
Tongue tie/restricted lingual frenum and restricted labial frenum
Open bites that interfere with acceptable speech production, chewing and swallowing
Additionally, many of the exercises and methods that are provided during the orofacial myology course help us with other types of patients.
ASHA provides orofacial myofunctional portal pages for SLPs that may be reached at the following: