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1 / What is Orofacial Myology Therapy?

If I had to define it while "standing on one foot" I'd say Orofacial Myology Therapy (aka Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy) is the treatment and study of oral and facial muscle function as they relate to optimal speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing, facial skeletal growth, and breathing.

An untreated orofacial myology disorder impacts chewing and swallowing, oral resting posture, speech, dental health, orthodontics, and even airway health.

Call today to find out why, and what the therapy process entails!

2 / What ages do you treat?

Depending on the service needed, I treat from ages 1 year to 21 years of age.

Traditional orofacial myofunctional therapy is usually recommended for age 4 and up; but don't wait!  There is plenty of important work to be done to get our younger kiddos on track.

Sandra uniquely blends developmentally appropriate orofacial myology, feeding, and speech therapy principles to maximize function even with our younger patients.

3 / What differentiates Laserson Orofacial and Speech from other service providers?

When you call Laserson Orofacial and Speech, you can be assured that you are getting the highest standard of treatment, from a therapist with the most extensive and comprehensive training in the area.  Speech-language pathology, orofacial myofunctional therapy, and feeding specialty training is the tri-fecta for optimal treatment.  

In fact these disciplines are so critically related that it's hard to imagine treating either orofacial myology, feeding, or speech disorders without expertise and experience in all three.  

4/Are tongue ties real?

Yes.  It's important to understand that not all tongue ties look the same!  Please familiarize yourself with my dedicated page entitled "3 Words About Tongue Ties and Other TOTs" for information regarding identifying tongue ties and other tethered oral tissues.

5/ Will medical insurance cover the cost?

Laserson Orofacial and Speech is not an in-network provider.  Client or parent(s) are solely responsible for payment on a monthly basis.  

6/What do I need to bring to the assessment?

Please bring the following: 

A crunchy snack that your child normally eats (such as cracker, cookie, pretzel, etc.)

A pureed snack with spoon that your child normally eats (such as yogurt, pudding, applesauce)

Any special spoons, cups, straws that your child relies on if applicable

Pictures of your child watching TV or engaged or engaged in a book or other handheld device, and a 2-3 minute video of your child sleeping if possible.

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