OMDs & speech

Traditional articulation therapy does not always correct the speech sound errors of children with orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs). If your child requires additional support, I will address errors using a combination of traditional articulation techniques and myofunctional therapy techniques designed to disassociate oral-facial movements, improve muscle tone, and stabilize and control movements.

My goal is for your child to have the most successful outcomes from speech possible. As such, I engage in interprofessional practice, when appropriate. If, during evaluation or treatment, I identify a structural barrier such as a tethered oral tissue or a narrow palate, I will discuss referral to another specialist with you.

OMDs that can affect articulation include:

  1. incorrect oral rest posture
  2. sucking habits
  3. tongue thrust
  4. malocclusions
  5. tethered oral tissues (tongue/lip tie)

The speech sounds most frequently affected by OMDs:

  • /t/ as in table
  • /d/ as in dog
  • /n/ as in no
  • /l/ as in lucky
  • /s/ as in sunshine
  • /z/ as in zoo
  • /j/ as in yummy
  • /r/ as in rabbit
  • “sh” as in shoe
  • “ch” as in cherry