Why a Speech and Language Pathologist?
A speech-language pathologist is a professional who identifies, assesses, and provides treatment for individuals with speech, language and swallowing problems. The Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) is granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in both speech-language pathology and audiology. It is the only universally recognized credential for the professions. Only individuals who meet specific requirements may obtain the CCC. Holders of the CCC must abide by the ASHA Code of Ethics, which incorporates the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles.
Why a Certified Orofacial Myologist?
The International Association of Orofacial Myology, (IAOM) is the founding governing body in the Certification of Orofacial Myology. It is the oldest and largest non-profit organization that trains, educates and certifies in orofacial
It is often difficult to isolate a particular source as the sole cause of an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder and in most cases, it can be the result of a combination of factors. Many experts suggest that OMDs may develop as a result of the following:
- A restricted nasal airway due to enlarged tonsils/adenoids, deviated septum, and/or allergies.
- Improper oral habits such as thumb or finger sucking, cheek/nail/cuticle biting, teeth clenching/grinding, and tongue, lip or cheek sucking
- Extended use of a pacifier and/or long-term use of sippy cups
- Structural or physiological abnormalities which may include a short lingual frenum (tongue-tie)
- Neurological deficits and developmental delays
- Oral Breathing
- Hereditary predisposition
It is crucial to first address what may be contributing to the persistence of an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder before beginning treatment, as treatment may not be successful if the etiology persists. A Certified Orofacial Myologist can help you to determine what may be contributing to its presence and can help refer you to the appropriate clinicians to address these concerns.
Assessment and treatment of speech and language skills associated with:
- Articulation (phonology)
- Expressive language (use of language)
- Receptive language (understanding of language)
- Voice disorders
- Hearing loss
- Fluency disorder
- Apraxia of speech
- Social skills training
- Autism or Asperger’s syndrome
- Cognitive communication delay
- Tongue thrust
- Orofacial Myology disorders in adults and children
A speech and language evaluation is performed in order to determine each client’s speech and language skills within the context of his or her total development. This assessment allows us to determine if a communication disorder exists. Information about the client’s communication skills is gathered through checklists, formal and informal language testing, language sampling, observations and interviews with family members. Once an evaluation is complete, an individual treatment plan that utilizes one’s strengths to build his or her skills is developed.
Individual speech and language therapy is available to each client demonstrating communication difficulty. During therapy, one is engaged in activities that address specific communication goals. Our top priority is to select activities that are fun and engaging for your child while addressing his or her speech and language needs. We develop treatment plans that include goals and objectives based on each client’s individual strengths and needs. Parental involvement is essential for a child’s communicative success. Therefore, we encourage parents and caregivers to observe and participate in their child’s therapy sessions. Working together, we are able to increase consistency in language interactions across environments.