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Orofacial Myology

What is Orofacial Myology?
Oro (pertaining to the mouth)
Facial (pertaining to the face)
Myology (study of muscles)
Orofacial myology is also known as myofunctional therapy. It involves the study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing, swallowing and overall health. When I completed my master's degree in speech-language pathology, I first heard about this specialty area from one my clinical educators. I was intrigued. Fast forward eight years and I was dealing with a kindergartener who couldn't stop sucking her thumb, a three-year-old whose speech was unclear, although not unclear enough that he qualified for any treatment, and my own teeth were shifting out of alignment. In 2018, I had the opportunity to travel to San Diego and take a four day, intensive course in orofacial myology and it proved to be the missing link.  This training has provided me with more in depth knowledge to address the underlying issues impacting speech, swallowing, rest posture, and oral habits. In the years following this training, I've found it to be particularly effective and efficient in remediating speech sound disorders. For more information visit


Beautiful San Diego in 2018

With respect to speech therapy, an orofacial myological approach addresses underlying issues and focuses on isolating and engaging specific muscles involved in producing certain speech sounds. 


Approximately 80% of individuals with speech sound difficulties have an accompanying orofacial myological disorder. 

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