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What is MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY?

Myofunctional Therapy is oral facial muscle therapy that uses measurement and exercise to correct a deviated swallow, commonly called “tongue thrust.”
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DO I NEED MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY?

There are a multitude of symptoms or signs that may be present if you have a deviated swallow. Some of the most common symptoms to look for are: misalignment of the teeth, articulation problems; tongue protruding in the mouth when speaking, eating or at rest; dry, chapped lips or mouth breathing; poor facial tone; excessive belching or stomach aches; poor eating and feeding mechanics.
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WHO IS THE INSTITUTE OF MYOFUNCTIONAL STUDIES?

The Institute of Myofunctional Studies is a full service treatment center for all oral motor needs. The professionals have over 60 years of combined experience treating patients who have irregularities in their speech and/or swallowing pattern.
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HELP FOR CHILDREN WITH LANGUAGE DELAYS

It Takes Two To Talk ® – The Hanen Program ® for parents of children with language delays is an evidence-based model of family-focused early language intervention for children with expressive and/or receptive language disorders.  The goal of It Takes Two To Talk is to empower parents to become their child’s primary language facilitator, thereby maximizing the child’s opportunities for communication development in everyday situations.  It Takes Two To Talk is offered to children with specific language impairment as well as to children with cognitive and developmental delays.  The Institute of Myofunctional Studies offers It Takes Two To Talk as a one-on-one, 12-week program led by a Hanen certified speech-language pathologist.

HOW CAN I GET STARTED?

Call the Institute of Myofunctional Studies at 770-817-8002 for a free phone consultation, or go to our Contact page to send us a detailed question or request.
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Who Needs the Institute
of Myofunctional Therapy?

DENTAL PATIENTS

A dentist or orthodontist will refer patients with an overbite, underbite, or crossbite if they have a deviated swallow that is impeding the progress of their dental treatment.

SPEECH PATIENTS

Speech patients of all ages are often referred to the Institute by therapists, doctors, and previous patients. Myofunctional Therapy can often resolve issues for children who have had extensive speech therapy without success.

SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS

Individuals with various conditions / syndromes (Down, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing impairment, Learning Disabilities, etc.) often have myofunctional / oral motor difficulties that impact speech, eating, posture, balance and body strength.

OTHER CONDITIONS

Some Myofunctional Therapy patients suffer from multiple symptoms such as eating and breathing difficulties or poor facial muscle tone. In many cases, the symptoms are rooted in a mild oral deformity or bad habits.

LATEST NEWS

Myofunctional Therapy as it relates to Sleep Apnea, Reflux and Aerophagia

Myofunctional Therapy as it relates to Sleep Apnea, Reflux and Aerophagia

Myofunctional Therapy can be a helpful adjunct to the treatment of sleep apnea, reflux and aerophagia.

Correcting the swallow pattern helps in building the lifting of the soft palate and increasing nasal breathing. This allows for greater airflow and decrease of snoring. In turn there is more oxygen taken in continuously.

When a correct swallow exists it causes more force in the initiation of the swallow. […]

When and Why should a Myofunctional Evaluation be done?

When and Why should a Myofunctional Evaluation be done?

In a perfect world anyone having orthodontic treatment, or substantial dental treatment should have a Myofunctional Evaluation. This will alert both the patient and the dentist to any potential difficulty that may impact the outcome of treatment. The assumption is often made that if form is changed, then function will follow. Form in this case is the relationship of the teeth to one another, or changes in positioning of the jaw, or major changes in a cosmetic way. The function is the relationship of the oral muscles, primarily the tongue, lips and cheeks and how they impact the dentition.
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The Importance of Oral Motor Therapy in the Newborn

The Importance of Oral Motor Therapy in the Newborn

Often it is asked, “When should oral motor therapy begin?” Believe it or not, as early as infancy. Infants who are premature, born with a syndrome such as Down, cleft lip and/or palate, cerebral palsy etc. all need oral stimulation for overall development, or for the development of skills needed for feeding. The mouth is an infant’s early learning center, and the more responsive it is, the more stimulation and knowledge the infant can gain.

Many of these oral skills can be handled by choosing wisely in the use of the kind of pacifier the infant has, or the kind of nipple on the bottle. Providing the infant with mouth tickles and oral play can create a path of more normal oral development. […]

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11660 Alpharetta Highway
Building 500, Suite 520
Roswell, GA 30076
in the Roswell Business Center

PHONE: 770-817-8002
FAX: 770-817-8003

EMAIL:
Sharon Wexler: sharon@myofunctionaltherapy.org
Ryan Wexler: ryan@myofunctionaltherapy.org
Jenny Herring: jenny@myofunctionaltherapy.org
Tara Smith: manager@myofunctionaltherapy.org

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