SoundMouths

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

Timeline Photos 04/19/2021

1) Misaligned teeth can impact a child’s ability to adequately chew food, and the way the teeth contact each other might also indicate misalignment of the jaw. Additionally, an open bite encourages the tongue to rest forward in the mouth, creating an immature swallowing pattern which makes it difficult to get the food to the back of the mouth when swallowing. Children who have trouble breaking down foods for comfortable swallowing might stick to softer, less eccentric foods.
2) Infections from early childhood to pre-teen years can cause enlargement of the tonsils. When the tonsils become too large, nasal and oral breathing, quality of sleep and swallowing comfort are all subsequently affected. Additionally, enlarged tonsils can often trigger the gag reflex when attempting to swallow properly.
3) Tongue or lips ties can affect tongue, jaw and lip function. When children can’t move these structures functionally, feeding problems occur. Similar to the effects of misaligned teeth, children with tethered oral issues may choose to stick to softer, less eccentric foods to compensate for this difficulty.

(Source: Potock, M. August 21, 2017. “Three Structures in a Child’s Mouth That Can Cause Picky Eating”. ASHA Leader Live.) #MyoMonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #pickyeaters #breatheright #swallowing #feedingdifficulties #ashaigers #soundmouths

1) Misaligned teeth can impact a child’s ability to adequately chew food, and the way the teeth contact each other might also indicate misalignment of the jaw. Additionally, an open bite encourages the tongue to rest forward in the mouth, creating an immature swallowing pattern which makes it difficult to get the food to the back of the mouth when swallowing. Children who have trouble breaking down foods for comfortable swallowing might stick to softer, less eccentric foods.
2) Infections from early childhood to pre-teen years can cause enlargement of the tonsils. When the tonsils become too large, nasal and oral breathing, quality of sleep and swallowing comfort are all subsequently affected. Additionally, enlarged tonsils can often trigger the gag reflex when attempting to swallow properly.
3) Tongue or lips ties can affect tongue, jaw and lip function. When children can’t move these structures functionally, feeding problems occur. Similar to the effects of misaligned teeth, children with tethered oral issues may choose to stick to softer, less eccentric foods to compensate for this difficulty.

(Source: Potock, M. August 21, 2017. “Three Structures in a Child’s Mouth That Can Cause Picky Eating”. ASHA Leader Live.) #MyoMonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #pickyeaters #breatheright #swallowing #feedingdifficulties #ashaigers #soundmouths

Timeline Photos 04/14/2021

Nasal breathing for the win every time!
#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #breatheright #nasalbreathing #mouthbreathing #loudounmyo

Nasal breathing for the win every time!
#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #breatheright #nasalbreathing #mouthbreathing #loudounmyo

04/13/2021

[Tuesday Tip]
Oral function, facial development, occlusion, and orthodontic stability depend on a correct oral rest posture!
It's easy as 1, 2, 3 !!!
#orofacialmyofunctionaltherapy #orofacialmyology #overallhealth #beautifulsmile #facialgrowth #loudounmyo #loudounspeech

[Tuesday Tip]
Oral function, facial development, occlusion, and orthodontic stability depend on a correct oral rest posture!
It's easy as 1, 2, 3 !!!
#orofacialmyofunctionaltherapy #orofacialmyology #overallhealth #beautifulsmile #facialgrowth #loudounmyo #loudounspeech

04/12/2021

The jaw is powerful.. and the stabilizer for all our our speech sounds. Chewing promotes using the muscles of the jaws and in turn leading to bone growth. Chew your way to a healthy jaw!

We just love a good fun fact! #OMTmyofact

#MyoMondays #certifiedorofacialmyologist #orofacialmyofuntionaltherapy #jawmuscleworkout #jawmuscle #OMTofYork

04/09/2021

Surprise!! Braces are not a right of passage...

This topic is very controversial.. but when you understand soft tissue management this statement it’s not a topic of conversation or debate. IT’S FACT!
#🍎iMyo2021

Timeline Photos 04/07/2021

If it is an option, there are several benefits to breastfeeding, one of which being it teaches babies the proper sucking motion which will prevent the desire for thumbsucking

#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #helpingkids #breatheright #soundmouths #thumbsucking #thumbsuckingclinic #digitsucking #loudounmyo

If it is an option, there are several benefits to breastfeeding, one of which being it teaches babies the proper sucking motion which will prevent the desire for thumbsucking

#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #helpingkids #breatheright #soundmouths #thumbsucking #thumbsuckingclinic #digitsucking #loudounmyo

04/07/2021

Do you know anyone with a nose bump? What happens in your mouth (or doesn't happen).. changes your facial growth everywhere! Thanks Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York

Did you know about this?
#maxillaryinsufficiency #bumponthenose #nosebump #OMTofYork #maxilla #myofunctionaltherapy

Timeline Photos 04/05/2021

Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about our thumbsucking clinic!

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #helpingkids #thumbsucking #thumbsuckingclinic #digitsucking #breatheright #loudounmyo

Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about our thumbsucking clinic!

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #helpingkids #thumbsucking #thumbsuckingclinic #digitsucking #breatheright #loudounmyo

Timeline Photos 03/31/2021

A little wisdom for your Wednesday!

#wednesdaywisdom #helpingkids #breatheright #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #loudounslp #loudounmyo #speechpathology

A little wisdom for your Wednesday!

#wednesdaywisdom #helpingkids #breatheright #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #loudounslp #loudounmyo #speechpathology

Timeline Photos 03/29/2021

Chewing with a moderate biting force is shown to be effective in maintaining neuronal activity within the brain. Foods that require a moderate biting force would be proteins, fruits and vegetables. Those that only require a soft bite are typically processed foods and carbs. Essentially, chewing nutritious foods that require a moderate biting force not only fuel out bodies, but also keep your brain sharp and active!

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #mastication #chewing #breatheright #loudounmyo #soundmouths

Chewing with a moderate biting force is shown to be effective in maintaining neuronal activity within the brain. Foods that require a moderate biting force would be proteins, fruits and vegetables. Those that only require a soft bite are typically processed foods and carbs. Essentially, chewing nutritious foods that require a moderate biting force not only fuel out bodies, but also keep your brain sharp and active!

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #mastication #chewing #breatheright #loudounmyo #soundmouths

Timeline Photos 03/17/2021

As we learned in our last post, mouth breathing is associated with a weak orofacial musculature. More specifically, it is associated with lack of muscular tension in the lips, which leads to a natural open mouth during rest and a low tongue posture to allow the air to freely come in through the mouth. Here is a simple exercise to try to help strength the muscles around your lips and promote a closed mouth during breathing.

#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #loudounmyo #breatheright #mouthbreathing #myoexercise #soundmouths

As we learned in our last post, mouth breathing is associated with a weak orofacial musculature. More specifically, it is associated with lack of muscular tension in the lips, which leads to a natural open mouth during rest and a low tongue posture to allow the air to freely come in through the mouth. Here is a simple exercise to try to help strength the muscles around your lips and promote a closed mouth during breathing.

#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #loudounmyo #breatheright #mouthbreathing #myoexercise #soundmouths

03/16/2021

Don't let anyone tell you "they will grow out of it," if they do.. there will be a trade off that may just make you change your mind.

03/15/2021

Who's attending the Talk Tools Conference? Join us tomorrow for our lecture (MaryFrances and Angie Oral Motor Institute).

Who is watching the #talktools conference this week?? Join me tomorrow for my lecture with MaryFrances Gonzalez from SoundMouths!!

Timeline Photos 03/15/2021

For all of our mouth breathers out there!

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #omd #loudounmyo #mouthbreathing #breatheright

For all of our mouth breathers out there!

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #omd #loudounmyo #mouthbreathing #breatheright

03/11/2021

There is a difference, thanks Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York

Oh hey there, #OMTMyoFact!

#orofacialmyology #certifiedorofacialmyologist #myofunctionaltherapy #mouthbreathing #breathethroughyournose #SpeechTherapy #tonguethrusttherapy #themoreyouknow

Timeline Photos 03/10/2021

Bed wetting in elementary years can be indicative of disordered breathing
#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #bedwetting #breathinghabits #breatheright #tonguetie #omt

Bed wetting in elementary years can be indicative of disordered breathing
#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #bedwetting #breathinghabits #breatheright #tonguetie #omt

03/09/2021

Important for not only parents to know but also for providers, teachers and professionals that work with young children. Please, please, please.. don't expect a young child to "listen" for a long time when it's NOT developmental appropriate. They are NOT adults! 🎤 #dropthemike

I think this is SO important for parents to know!

📸 Rooted in Routine

03/09/2021

We are thrilled that SoundMouths will be speaking at the Talk Tool's Global OMD Deconstructed Conference which begins this Friday! MaryFrances & Angie of Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York will present on March 16th - more information can be found here https://talktools.com/pages/talktoolsglobalonlineconferencregistration

We are thrilled that SoundMouths will be speaking at the Talk Tool's Global OMD Deconstructed Conference which begins this Friday! MaryFrances & Angie of Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York will present on March 16th - more information can be found here https://talktools.com/pages/talktoolsglobalonlineconferencregistration

Timeline Photos 03/08/2021

Oftentimes when orthodontics are used to treat oral habits, it is just a temporary fix. Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) teaches the correct habits for breathing, swallowing and tongue placement which will allow for a natural and more permanent fix to the underlying issue. Relapse of poor oral habits is shown to be more common when using orthodontics alone when compared to using OMT #mondaymyo #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #breatheright #breathinghabits #tonguetie #helpingkids #orthodontics #orthoandmyo

Oftentimes when orthodontics are used to treat oral habits, it is just a temporary fix. Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) teaches the correct habits for breathing, swallowing and tongue placement which will allow for a natural and more permanent fix to the underlying issue. Relapse of poor oral habits is shown to be more common when using orthodontics alone when compared to using OMT #mondaymyo #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #breatheright #breathinghabits #tonguetie #helpingkids #orthodontics #orthoandmyo

Chewing Routine to Strengthen the Jaw for Children 03/06/2021

Chewing Routine to Strengthen the Jaw for Children

Chew chew chew!

Chewing Routine to Strengthen the Jaw for Children Learn about oral motor therapy for a child and see how to strengthen the jaw for feeding and speech clarity!https://www.instagram.com/alilextralu...​ -- Foll...

03/04/2021

If you are not sleeping, breathing and chewing well, it’s physically impossible to be optimally healthy!

No matter what your age, you can work on retraining your orofacial and neck muscles.

The ultimate goal of therapy is to optimize breathing, chewing, swallowing and speaking functions by teaching individuals how to engage those muscles most appropriately by establishing strength, coordination, and mobility of the Orofacial muscles.

#TheBreatheInstitute #OrofacialMyofunctionalTherapy #Tongueposture #LipSeal #NasalBreathing #CorrectSwallow #AirwayHealth

TalkTools 3rd Global Virtual Conference 03/02/2021

TalkTools 3rd Global Virtual Conference

You won’t want to miss this conference!!

TalkTools 3rd Global Virtual Conference OMD Deconstructed: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders Main Conference Registration $650 Main Conference Registration + Add-On Package $800 Main Conference Speakers Main Conference Schedule Add-On Package: Airway | Breathing | Sleep Add-On Speakers Add-On Schedule Deep....

Timeline Photos 02/24/2021

More research addressing the benefits observed in children after undergoing tongue-tie release surgery; more than just a cosmetic fix!
#wednesdaywisdom #tonguetie #breatheright #frenectomy #helpingkids #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt

More research addressing the benefits observed in children after undergoing tongue-tie release surgery; more than just a cosmetic fix!
#wednesdaywisdom #tonguetie #breatheright #frenectomy #helpingkids #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt

02/23/2021

Always learning new therapy tips!! Great tips from an expert feeding specialist (SLP) about cup drinking!

Does your child spill his drink down the front of his shirt whenever he tries to use an open cup? 🤦🏼‍♀️
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🤫I have a secret for you – fill the cup up almost to the top! Why?
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💪🏻 It’s heavier in the hands so they get the feedback through their joints and muscles that says “the cup is right here in space.” Too light of a cup and it’s flying all over the place!
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💦 More liquid means less tilt and that means LESS SPILLS! When kids have just a little bit of liquid in the cup, they have to tilt the cup high and ALSO tilt back their head.
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😖THAT is a dangerous thing, because it opens up the airway and kids are at risk for aspirating (breathing in) the liquid into their lungs. COUGH COUGH COUGH! That’s never fun, and it can lead to health issues. 😳
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Click www.melaniepotock.com 👉💻 for more ways to learn!
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#melaniepotock #toddlerdinner #toddlersnacks #toddlerbehavior #toddleryears #toddlerlearning #toddlermomma #toddlermomlife #slpsofinstagram #slpeeps #slpsoninstagram

Timeline Photos 02/22/2021

Bringing in a little research for this week's #myomonday post! #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #breatheright #tonguetie #helpingkids #loudounmyo

Bringing in a little research for this week's #myomonday post! #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #breatheright #tonguetie #helpingkids #loudounmyo

02/22/2021

Choose to target
first words will help your child communicate more effectively.... not letters, numbers, colors or shapes!

Yesssss 👏🏼 👏🏼

Wee Talkers

Photos from Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York's post 02/20/2021

A little drive to Pennsylvania to film our presentation for TalkTools Global Conference in March with the talented Angie from Oral Myofunctional Therapy of York. We didn’t even plan the color coordination 🤣

02/17/2021
Timeline Photos 02/15/2021

Another great reminder on the importance of proper oral rest tongue posture! If you are interested in learning more, check out our last post for details on the Talk Tools global virtual conference, where we will be giving a presentation on Oral Rest Posture Therapy with @omt_of_york

#myomonday #myofunctionaltherapy #orofacialmyology #omt #tongueposture #breatheright #talktools

Another great reminder on the importance of proper oral rest tongue posture! If you are interested in learning more, check out our last post for details on the Talk Tools global virtual conference, where we will be giving a presentation on Oral Rest Posture Therapy with @omt_of_york

#myomonday #myofunctionaltherapy #orofacialmyology #omt #tongueposture #breatheright #talktools

02/12/2021

Mary here- Does your child's teeth look like this?It's called a cross bite. My oldest child had a cross bite as a very young child. I was told it was "his jaws growing at two different rates." Wrong!! I believed my provider but still had a nagging feeling. A few years later, a sleep study, tonsil/adenoid removal, and a palate expander told me differently.
YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW!!
My provider certainly didn't know and I hadn't learned about orofacial myology or airway just yet. Now, I DO know and my mission is to help other families detect these issues earlier than I did! #momtomom #airway #healthykids #orofacialmyology #wegotyourback #airwayiseverything

🚩 RED FLAG 🚩 ***CROSSBITE***
If your child’s teeth look like this when she/he bites down, this is an immediate cause for concern and warrants a referral to an airway focused orthodontist or myofunctional therapist immediately, regardless of the child’s age.

The upper teeth should be placed on the outside of the lower teeth when biting down. A cross bite is when the lower teeth are on the outside of the upper teeth - or, more clearly, the upper jaw is too narrow and the upper teeth are inside the lower.

This can happen on one side or both sides of the mouth. Upper jaw deficiency is a sign the tongue is not resting in the correct position and the palate is too narrow. The palate/roof of the mouth is the floor of the nose, so a narrow palate = less space in the nose to breathe.

Bilateral crossbites are common in thumb suckers or pacifier users. That sucking action is like taking the cheeks to the gym, and the cheeks therefore put excess pressure on the teeth at the sides, thus narrowing the arch. There are other reasons for crossbites as well. This must be treated.

REMEMBER, the alignment of our jaws, teeth, palate shape, and facial growth all play a role in total body health. HELP YOUR CHILD NOW...

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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