Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy & Disorders

This form of therapy is a method of exercising the mouth and facial muscles to correct a deviated swallow – often referred to as "tongue thrust." The condition can be found in adults and children with special needs and speech disorders, as well as in people with misaligned teeth. Myofunctional therapy is ultimately customized for the individual based on age, allowing the patient to swallow correctly as time goes on.  Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. OMDs may affect, directly and/or indirectly,  breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, and facial esthetics.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Portland, OR

What to Look For

In orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD), the tongue protrudes amid swallowing, speaking and even when at rest. This can affect the form and function of the mouth beyond the appearance of the thrusting tongue. Although normal in infants, the tongue's position should recede as a child develops. Speech pathologists who are specially trained in OMT can provide intervention for:

  • Misaligned teeth

  • Thumb-sucking

  • Teeth-grinding

  • Facial pain

  • Speech problems

  • Mouth breathing

  • Sleep apnea

OMT is most successful when a team of professionals (SLP, ENT, Dentist, Orthodontist, Pediatrician) team together for the greatest outcomes. Parkwood clinicians have received special training in OMT and partner with local professionals to provide this level of individualized intervention.  Due to the intensity of this form of therapy, a high degree of patient adherence is required to achieve ideal outcomes.

Parkwood Speech & Therapy Clinic provides on-site and remote (tele-health) speech therapy sessions for toddlers and children across Oregon. Our brick and mortar location in Portland, OR near the Bridgeport shopping mall is within ideal driving distances for families in Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Beaverton, Oregon City, Clackamas, Wilsonville, Canby and more. 

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Parkwood Bridgeport

17020 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Suite 201
Portland, OR 97224

Phone: 503-894-1539

Speech Therapy Center

Ideally located to serve the greater Portland, Beaverton, and Lake Oswego areas & providing online speech therapy for kids across Oregon.