Oral Motor Disorders
What are Oral Motor Disorders?
An oral motor disorder is characterized by oral motor weakness or impaired function of the tongue, lips, or jaw impacting speech and/or feeding.
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What are Early Signs of an Oral Motor Disorder?
Difficulty sticking their lips out to give a kiss
Open mouth position at rest
Food getting stuck in their cheeks.
Food spilling out of their mouth while eating
What Causes an Oral Motor Disorder?
The exact cause is unknown but it is believed to be linked to neurological conditions, genetic conditions or birth defects.
What is Treatment for an Oral Motor Disorder?
A speech-language pathologist will perform an evaluation and oral motor examination to determine deficits in strength or range of motion of your child’s articulators. Treatment will focus on oral motor exercises and targeting improved coordination of muscle movements through repetition of syllables, words, and phrases.
Our Board Certified Pediatric Speech Therapists treat oral motor disorders in children, infants, and babies.
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