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Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD) occur when there is an abnormal muscle pattern of the lips, tongue, or jaw during rest, speech or swallowing.

 

Common signs of OMDs include:

  • Prolonged oral habits (thumb/finger sucking, pacifier use)

  • Chronic open mouth posture

  • Low, forward tongue position at rest or while swallowing

  • Chronic speech sound distortions

Speech Sound
Disorders

Speech sound disorders, which include articulation and phonological delays/disorders, impact the ability to produce individual sounds (or sound combinations) in words.

 

Common speech sound errors include:

  • ‘w’ for ‘l’ or ‘r’

  • ‘t/d’ for ‘k/g’

  • Deleting a sound within a word (e.g., 'nake' for "snake" or 'ha' for "hat")

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder which makes it difficult for a child to carry out the movements required to speak.

 

Common signs of CAS in children include:

  • Limited babbling or sound play as a baby

  • Difficulty combining and sequencing sounds or syllables to produce words clearly

  • Inconsistent speech errors ( i.e., not saying words the same way every time)

Fluency Disorders

Fluency disorders and stuttering disrupt effortless, smooth speech.

 

Common signs of stuttering include:

  • Repetition of sounds, parts of words, or whole words

  • Drawing out a sound or part of a word

  • Getting stuck or tension when trying to say part of a word or a whole word

  • Running out of air while speaking

Literacy Intervention

Literacy intervention focuses on phonemic awareness (how letters represent sounds/phonemes) and reading strategies. We combine 3+ evidence, based reading programs to help struggling readers excel.

 

Common signs of difficulty with phonemic awareness include:

  • Struggling with sounding out words

  • Difficulty identifying the sounds that letters make

  • Difficulty segmenting, blending, adding, deleting sounds within words

Speech-Language Pathology
Clinical Focus

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Our clinic currently offers specialized services to provide assessment and treatment in the following areas:

  • Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (e.g., oral habit elimination/thumbsucking, chronic open mouth posture, low, forward tongue position, chronic speech sound distortions)

  • Suspected or Diagnosed Childhood Apraxia of Speech
     

  • Speech Sound Disorders (e.g., articulation, phonological delays)

  • Fluency (e.g., stuttering)

  • Literacy Intervention (e.g., phonemic awareness, reading strategies)

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If your child would benefit from support in any of these areas please reach out to see how we can help.

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