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Don't ignore the snore...it's never normal in children or adults.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the temporary pause in breathing due to an obstruction that blocks your airway. Myofunctional therapy reduces obstructive sleep apnea by targeting the airway muscles such as the soft palate, tongue, and facial muscles, with the objective of strengthening these muscles so that they can function properly and stay in place without obstructing the airway. Current literature suggests that myofunctional therapy could be used in conjunction with other obstructive sleep apnea treatments for the best outcomes.

(Source: Camacho, Macario et al. “Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” Sleep vol. 38,5 669-75. 1 May. 2015, doi:10.5665/sleep.4652)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4402674/)
Re-sharing because It's so important.
Where I grew up we had a huge play structure, a merry go round, the barrel roll, and the tall (and metal) "tornado" slide. All the sensory input, coordination, and balance a child would receive from one afternoon at the playground. Not to mention, the thrill of hanging on for dear life on the merry-go-round! Can you imagine?
Fear and potential litigation took away these opportunities to nurture these important skills In childhood. We have safer options as we have wrapped our children up in a bubble. I would love to see research on why there are so many children today that need services like physical or occupational therapy for balance, coordination, sensory processing, etc.
#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage
#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage
Merry Christmas from the Sound Mouths team! May your day be merry and bright!
Sound Mouths will be closed December 25-January 2nd. We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Our team is taking this time to disconnect from work and social media to spend our moments with our family ❤️ See you all in 2022!
#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎄 🎶 🎅🏻🎶

Sounds Mouths provides quality speech and myofunctional therapy with an integrative functional approach to a happy mouth. Our practice works with all ages, toddlers through adults.

Operating as usual

01/19/2022

Don’t be a mouth breather and if you are… we can help!

Timeline Photos 01/18/2022

Check out this impressive before and after of orofacial myofunctional therapy being used to address lip closure!

Properly positioned lips are a very important aspect of overall correct oral rest posture. When the lips are at rest, the ideal positioning would be gently sealed lips. Sealed lips act as nature’s orthodontic retainers for the teeth and aid in guiding growth and development via light, constant forces. Various orofacial myofunctional exercises can be used to strengthen and stretch the incompetent lip muscles that may prevent them from having a gentle seal. Botox and surgery may be considered after orofacial myology treatment to address any lingering muscle tension, but it is not often needed.

#orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #omd #breatheright #lipclosure #openlip #mouthbreathing #nasalbreathing #helpingkids #openbite #myo

(Source: Lehman, Angie. (2019) Lip incompetence: Causes, symptoms, and treatment considerations. Dental Academy of Continuing Education.)

Check out this impressive before and after of orofacial myofunctional therapy being used to address lip closure!

Properly positioned lips are a very important aspect of overall correct oral rest posture. When the lips are at rest, the ideal positioning would be gently sealed lips. Sealed lips act as nature’s orthodontic retainers for the teeth and aid in guiding growth and development via light, constant forces. Various orofacial myofunctional exercises can be used to strengthen and stretch the incompetent lip muscles that may prevent them from having a gentle seal. Botox and surgery may be considered after orofacial myology treatment to address any lingering muscle tension, but it is not often needed.

#orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #omd #breatheright #lipclosure #openlip #mouthbreathing #nasalbreathing #helpingkids #openbite #myo

(Source: Lehman, Angie. (2019) Lip incompetence: Causes, symptoms, and treatment considerations. Dental Academy of Continuing Education.)

01/18/2022

One thing I notice in many of my thumb and finger sucking patients is how well their oral habit helps them to self regulate. 🤓

That's because alongside dopamine, another hormone makes it’s presence known during thumb and finger sucking and boy, I love talking about this one. 🤗
Sometimes known as the “happy” or “wellness hormone, serotonin is responsible for regulation of mood, pleasure and other bodily functions like blood 🩸 coagulation and regulation of body temperature 🤒.

4 cool facts about this this hormone:

❤️low serotonin can be caused by poor sleep 🧡serotonin which coverts to melatonin which initiates and maintains sleep

💛anxiety, mild depression may appear when serotonin is absent

💚unhealthy attention seeking behaviour can also be a cry for what serotonin brings...this could also explain hyperactivity and poor behaviour

💙95% of serotonin in the body us produced in the gut

So kids with difficulty managing low serotonin levels (for whatever reason) need only pop in that thumb and off they go!

Instant bliss, happiness and wellness. 🥰

Have you noticed some kids NEED their sucking habits? What have you noticed about them?
Tell me in the comments 👇👇👇👇or share it and make sure to like and save this post for later! Carla xx
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#dopamine #serotonin #brain #hormones #neurotransmissions #habits #addiction #thumbsucking #thumbsucker #oralhabits #addicted #feelgoodhormones #feelgood #naturalhigh

01/13/2022

Don't ignore the snore...it's never normal in children or adults.

#dontignorethesnore #sdb #sleepdisorderedbreathing #snoredtodeath #snoring #apnoea #apnea #ent #tonsils
@snoredtodeath

Timeline Photos 01/12/2022

Obstructive sleep apnea is the temporary pause in breathing due to an obstruction that blocks your airway. Myofunctional therapy reduces obstructive sleep apnea by targeting the airway muscles such as the soft palate, tongue, and facial muscles, with the objective of strengthening these muscles so that they can function properly and stay in place without obstructing the airway. Current literature suggests that myofunctional therapy could be used in conjunction with other obstructive sleep apnea treatments for the best outcomes.

(Source: Camacho, Macario et al. “Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” Sleep vol. 38,5 669-75. 1 May. 2015, doi:10.5665/sleep.4652)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4402674/)

Obstructive sleep apnea is the temporary pause in breathing due to an obstruction that blocks your airway. Myofunctional therapy reduces obstructive sleep apnea by targeting the airway muscles such as the soft palate, tongue, and facial muscles, with the objective of strengthening these muscles so that they can function properly and stay in place without obstructing the airway. Current literature suggests that myofunctional therapy could be used in conjunction with other obstructive sleep apnea treatments for the best outcomes.

(Source: Camacho, Macario et al. “Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” Sleep vol. 38,5 669-75. 1 May. 2015, doi:10.5665/sleep.4652)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4402674/)

01/11/2022

LOVE this 💕

01/10/2022

Re-sharing because It's so important.

I listened to a podcast last week about how to making meaningful moments with your family throughout the day. Did you know there are 9 minutes in your day that will have the greatest impact on your child/ren?

01/04/2022

Where I grew up we had a huge play structure, a merry go round, the barrel roll, and the tall (and metal) "tornado" slide. All the sensory input, coordination, and balance a child would receive from one afternoon at the playground. Not to mention, the thrill of hanging on for dear life on the merry-go-round! Can you imagine?
Fear and potential litigation took away these opportunities to nurture these important skills In childhood. We have safer options as we have wrapped our children up in a bubble. I would love to see research on why there are so many children today that need services like physical or occupational therapy for balance, coordination, sensory processing, etc.

We had some of the BEST playground equipment in the past, before many got taken away due to fear of litigation. This one was cleverly called the "Witches Hat" and its motions and movements are similar to what we do with children in occupational therapy to organize the senses.

Children would grab hold of this apparatus similar to the Merry-Go-Gound. This sort of spinning around an axis created a centrifugal force in the inner ear, bending the hair cells in one direction. This helps with sustained attention and grounding. In other words, over a period of time, this helps children with paying attention and remaining calm!

We need more of this equipment on the playground - NOT less.

Timeline Photos 01/04/2022

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

Timeline Photos 12/28/2021

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

Timeline Photos 12/25/2021

Merry Christmas from the Sound Mouths team! May your day be merry and bright!

Merry Christmas from the Sound Mouths team! May your day be merry and bright!

12/24/2021

Sound Mouths will be closed December 25-January 2nd. We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Our team is taking this time to disconnect from work and social media to spend our moments with our family ❤️ See you all in 2022!

Sound Mouths will be closed December 25-January 2nd. We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Our team is taking this time to disconnect from work and social media to spend our moments with our family ❤️ See you all in 2022!

12/17/2021
Timeline Photos 12/14/2021

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

12/09/2021

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎄 🎶 🎅🏻🎶

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎄 🎶 🎅🏻🎶

Photos from Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York's post 12/07/2021

What a great collection of Holiday Myofunctional Disorders, thanks Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York!

Worried you may be showing signs of any of these problems? We can help at SoundMouths!

Timeline Photos 12/07/2021

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

Timeline Photos 12/06/2021

The tongue is responsible for being the natural force that expands the upper and lower palates. In order to do so, the tongue is supposed to rest at the top of the mouth. When a child sucks on a thumb or finger, the tongue is forced down lower in the mouth to allow space for the thumb to fit in. With the tongue not providing that light pressure on the upper palate, the palate will begin to grow in a narrow and high direction. Subsequently, the palate will not be able to support the proper growth of incoming teeth.

(Source: Larsson, E., (Nov 2001). Sucking, Chewing and Feeding Habits and the Development of Crossbite: A Longitudinal Study of Girls from Birth to 3 Years of Age.)

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #thumbsucking #breatheright #helpingkids #soundmouths

The tongue is responsible for being the natural force that expands the upper and lower palates. In order to do so, the tongue is supposed to rest at the top of the mouth. When a child sucks on a thumb or finger, the tongue is forced down lower in the mouth to allow space for the thumb to fit in. With the tongue not providing that light pressure on the upper palate, the palate will begin to grow in a narrow and high direction. Subsequently, the palate will not be able to support the proper growth of incoming teeth.

(Source: Larsson, E., (Nov 2001). Sucking, Chewing and Feeding Habits and the Development of Crossbite: A Longitudinal Study of Girls from Birth to 3 Years of Age.)

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #thumbsucking #breatheright #helpingkids #soundmouths

Timeline Photos 11/29/2021

A little bit of science for you! The primary purpose of breathing is to oxygenate the body and to remove any waste CO2. However, our bodies need to store ~some~ CO2 in our lungs and blood to assist with oxygenating the body. CO2 storage has several functions to the body: to facilitate oxygenating the blood, to trigger the inhalation, and to regulate pH levels.

When you exhale out of your mouth, the larger amounts of air leaving your body means that more CO2 is being exhaled, taking from the stored CO2 that our bodies need to properly function. When we breathe through our nose, there is less air escaping, and our bodies are more able to regulate keeping the necessary amount of CO2 in our blood stream, while only releasing any waste that our body does not need.

(Source: Valcheva Z, Arnautska H, Dimova M, Inanova G, Atanosova I,. The role of mouth breathing on dentition development and formation. J of IMAB. 2019 Jan-Mar;24(1):1878-1882.)

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #mouthbreathing #breatheright #helpingkids #respiration #soundmouths

A little bit of science for you! The primary purpose of breathing is to oxygenate the body and to remove any waste CO2. However, our bodies need to store ~some~ CO2 in our lungs and blood to assist with oxygenating the body. CO2 storage has several functions to the body: to facilitate oxygenating the blood, to trigger the inhalation, and to regulate pH levels.

When you exhale out of your mouth, the larger amounts of air leaving your body means that more CO2 is being exhaled, taking from the stored CO2 that our bodies need to properly function. When we breathe through our nose, there is less air escaping, and our bodies are more able to regulate keeping the necessary amount of CO2 in our blood stream, while only releasing any waste that our body does not need.

(Source: Valcheva Z, Arnautska H, Dimova M, Inanova G, Atanosova I,. The role of mouth breathing on dentition development and formation. J of IMAB. 2019 Jan-Mar;24(1):1878-1882.)

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #mouthbreathing #breatheright #helpingkids #respiration #soundmouths

11/26/2021

What are the 6 signs, or red flags, that your child may be experiencing sleep disordered breathing?

Thank you for sharing!!

Repost from @rbockow

What are the six red flags for pediatric sleep disordered breathing?
(FAIREST - 6, Oh J et al, 2021)

- Mouthbreathing
- Mentalis strain (chin muscle strain to keep lips together)
- Enlarged tonsils
- A restricted tongue (tongue-tied)
- Dental wear
- A narrow palate

The greater the number of red flags, the higher the risk for pediatric sleep disordered breathing.

Thank you @happycamper2025, @soroushzaghimd and collaborators for this wonderful screening tool!

#sleep #pediatricsleep #sleepscreening #skeletalgrowthanddevelopment #earlyorthodonticintervention #growthguidance #bellevueorthodontist #seattleorthodontist #sleepbreathesmile #lifechangingcare

Timeline Photos 11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from the Sound Mouths team!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Sound Mouths team!

Timeline Photos 11/23/2021

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

Timeline Photos 11/15/2021

Some of you may be too young to know about Koko (or Mr. Rogers) but I remember how it was so amazing that she understood words and signed to express herself. It's amazing that she was able to relate a t.v. show she watched to her real life. Koko was one intelligent gorilla!

Most people have heard of Koko, the gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. When Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off.

11/15/2021

Important info!

Did you know ????

Tongue-tie & Tongue space restrictions can present with the same symptoms.

The problem is tongue mobility. The mobility can be restricted by the tie or by the space. Some individuals can have both. Tongue-tie can sometimes cause the tongue space issues. Our tongue is the natural expander of our upper jaw!

#FunctionalFridays #TongueTie #TongueSpace #TongueTone #ZaghiMD #TheBreatheInstitute #AirwayHealth

11/11/2021

First we treated the root cause- oral
dysfunction and then his speech sounds! What a difference it made for this hard worker!!

11/11/2021

Happy Veteran's Day!

Happy Veteran's Day!

11/10/2021

Snoring is never normal. If your doctor dismisses this.. find another one who will listen. Rest and renewing your body nightly Is so important to anyone but especially a developing child.

#dontignorethesnore #sdb #sleepdisorderedbreathing #snoredtodeath #snoring #apnoea #apnea

Photos from Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York's post 11/03/2021

Photos from Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York's post

Timeline Photos 11/02/2021

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

#Talkertipstuesday #language #languagedevelopment #speech #slp #speechandlanguage #toddlerspeech #reading #storytelling #asha #ashaigers #soundmouths #talking #childlanguage

10/31/2021

Have a safe and fun Halloween! Arrrr!!

10/31/2021

Do you notice teeth grinding?

Head and neck pain are some of the most debilitating conditions, they aren't just normal.

After seeing many patients suffering from teeth grinding, I noticed a pattern in how they were using the muscles of the face.

Nearly all teeth grinders tend to use their chewing muscles (pictured) to posture the mouth at rest, INSTEAD of their inner tongue muscles.

It's a problem because these two big muscles are very strong, that's because they are designed for chewing. But you shouldn't be using them too much.

Teeth grinders often have jaw pain, or temporomandibuler dysfunction (TMD).

Symptoms of TMD can include:
• Jaw pain
• Muscle spasms
• Headaches
• Ear aches
• Difficulty opening the mouth

The masseter is the primary facial muscle used for chewing solids food, which attaches to the lower jawbone and cheekbone. If you clench your teeth and feel along your jaw, you will feel a bump raise itself from the side of your face.

If you use your masseter muscle and ‘clench’ the jaw at resting posture it may leave you more vulnerable to clenching.

The problem is using the wrong muscles for jaw posture. The masseter and temporalis muscle are controlled by the trigeminal nerve or (V).

The muscles you should use are from your XII cranial nerve or hypoglossal nerve. These control the tongue.

So, is your clenching issues to do with low tongue posture:

Constant pressure on the teeth can cause teeth to shift, become crooked, create a bad bite, and even result in habitual teeth grinding (which can create a whole host of problems on its own).

Those who rest their tongues on the bottom of the mouth may suffer from more neck pain, jaw pain, and bad body posture overall.

How to start using correct tongue posture?

• Smile – Here's a way you can find your ideal tongue position is to smile really wide (we’re talking about really cheesy smile), raise your eyebrows, and try to swallow without unclenching your teeth. You should feel your tongue rise to the roof of your mouth into its ideal resting position.

It's your goal to bring the tongue up to this rest position, and you will find the jaw muscles relax.

Do you suffer from jaw pain or headaches?

About Our Practice:

We are a therapist-owned, private practice that provides speech, language and myofunctional therapy to children and adults in Loudoun County, Virginia.

We believe that parents are their child’s first and best teacher, that is why we empower our parents with training and support to carry over the skills learned in the session. Home is where the magic really happens!

We believe that in this busy world, sometimes we just need to stop, take a breathe and get back to the basics. Interaction, connection and play are where it all starts.

We believe our clients thrive in therapy when they connect with their therapist.

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