Orofacial Myofunctional Evaluations and Therapy

Emilia has a desire to help others through a variety of therapy and treatment approaches. All children who experience speech, language, feeding, and sensory challenges deserve to thrive, and we are determined to deliver the best possible care to achieve families’ desired results.

We are committed to providing a fun and therapeutic setting that meets the needs of every individual. We often encourage parents to attend the session in order to promote carry-over of goals into the home and community settings.

She works with babies and young adults who have different types of swallowing disorders from sensory impairments to motor disorders. She assess, treats and manages different types of dysphagia,  collaborating with nutritionists, physicians and parents to work towards meaningful outcomes. She also is trained in the treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders for speech and swallowing by the IAOM.

What are Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs)?
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders are atypical, adaptive patterns that emerge in the absence of normalized patterns within the orofacial complex. The regular presence of these adaptive movements can often result in a variety of disturbances.
Examples of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders include one or a combination of the following:
• Thumb and finger sucking habits
• A routine habit of resting with the lips apart
• A forward resting posture of the tongue between or against the teeth
• Tongue Thrust
• Other harmful oral habits
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders are often related to, or can contribute to a variety of medical and dental disorders. These disorders can include:
• Malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth)
• Periodontal disorders
• Orthodontic relapse
• Changes associated with abnormal jaw growth and position

Application in therapeutics techniques of tongue tie, lip tie, buccal tie, thumb sucking, tongue thrust and various other myofunctional disorders for speech and swallowing.
Emilia is currently working on the certification COM in orofacial myology under the IAOM

Tools

Oral Placement Therapy uses a variety of tools to achieve speech and feeding goals. Tools are purchased by each family and used daily during homework times. Therapy programs are built in hierarchies. Children are assessed during each therapy session and tools are progressed as oral skills develop.

Collaboration

Collaboration between your child’s team of providers is very important. We work closely with airway centric professionals like orthodontics and ENT’s to ensure oral development is progressing well. OPT can often be incorporated in: school (1:1 aide/SLP/teacher), daycare,  private speech therapy, or by other family members/caretakers. Training can be provided to any and all members of your child’s team.