top of page

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY FOR KIDS

IMG_4306.JPG

TREAT THE CAUSE NOT THE SYMPTOMS

When I see an adult,

I am actually seeing an overgrown child

with unresolved Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders.

 

Over time, these disorders can lead to

serious consequences, so  

let's spot the smoke, before the fire erupts.

The most common issues I see in children

are found below. 

 

PLAY ALONG BY HOVERING OVER

I spy with my "myo" eye...

thumb sucking picture

I SPY WITH
MY

"MYO" EYE...

THUMB OR
FINGER HABIT

tongue thrust .jpg

I SPY WITH
MY

"MYO" EYE...

TONGUE THRUST

TONGUE TIE

I SPY WITH
MY

"MYO" EYE...

TONGUE TIE

crowded teeth.jpg

I SPY WITH
MY

"MYO" EYE...

CROWDED
TEETH

Eating Breakfast

I SPY WITH
MY

"MYO" EYE...

POOR CHEWING

Super Hero Kids

I SPY WITH
MY

"MYO" EYE...

MOUTH BREATHING

sleep issues.jpg

I SPY WITH
MY

"MYO" EYE...

SLEEP ISSUES

long face.jpg

I SPY WITH
MY

"MYO" EYE...

LONG FACE

IMG_E2955_edited.png

I SPY WITH
MY

"MYO" EYE...

SPEECH ISSUES

Ta-Da-La
Na-Cha

 They may be common,
BUT COMMON DOESN'T MEAN NORMAL!

AGAIN, 
COMMON.
DOES'T.
MEAN NORMAL!

Use your "myo" eyes and watch for...

  • Open mouth posture

  • Audible breathing

  • Drooling

  • Thumb or finger sucking

  • Chronic illness, allergies, asthma

  • Bed wetting (Enuresis)

  • Clenching/ grinding of teeth

  • Gingivitis from oral breathing

  • Dry chapped lips

  • Nasal constriction

  • Bad breath

child mouth breather.jpg
  • Snoring

  • Dry Mouth

  • Poor sleep habits

  • Night terrors

  • Dark circle under eyes

  • ADHD/Hyperactivity

  • Poor Concentration

  • Poor Growth

  • Anxiety

  • Digestive Problems

  • Enlarged tonsils

Possible Causes... 

  • enlarged tonsils and adenoids

  • narrow or vaulted palate

  • mouth breathing

  • structure restriction such as a tongue tie

  • nasal blockages

  • allergies

  • neurological or developmental abnormalities

  • prolong habit of sucking on thumbs or fingers

  • prolong use of pacifier, bottles, sippy cups

  • nail, cheek or lip biting habit

mouth pic.png

What's the big deal?

First, we must understand that Noses are for Breathing, and Mouths are for Eating.  You would be worried if you saw your child use their nose to eat.  Well, you should be worried if they use their mouth to breath. 

 

Nasal (nose) breathing is hierarchically the most important function for humans to thrive.  Sadly, over half of our children are routinely breathing through their mouths.  Many, unaware of the potential consequences this could be having on their growth, development and function.

Some potential consequences of poor sleep include:

  • impulsivity

  • inattention

  • hyperactivity

  • restlessness

  • aggression

  • emotional ability

  • ridged thinking

nose mouth sketch sticker.png
  • processing speed

  • visual motor coordination

  • memory

  • verbal fluency & comprehension

  • intellectual scores

  • reading, math &/or writing skills

  • judgement

  • executive functioning

bottom of page