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.

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Timeline Photos 07/19/2021

Part 3 to our original post of “why is mouth breathing bad?”: how mouth breathing has abnormal impacts on the growth of palates and the nasal airway

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #mouthbreathing #breatheright #nasalairway #airway #sleepapnea

Part 3 to our original post of “why is mouth breathing bad?”: how mouth breathing has abnormal impacts on the growth of palates and the nasal airway

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #mouthbreathing #breatheright #nasalairway #airway #sleepapnea

Timeline Photos 07/14/2021

Part 2 to our original post of “why is mouth breathing bad?”: how mouth breathing decreases muscle tone

#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #breatheright #mouthbreathing #nasalairway #airway #sleepapnea

Part 2 to our original post of “why is mouth breathing bad?”: how mouth breathing decreases muscle tone

#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #breatheright #mouthbreathing #nasalairway #airway #sleepapnea

Timeline Photos 07/12/2021

Why is mouth breathing bad? Here is a flow chart to show the subsequent effects of mouth breathing. In our upcoming posts, we will break down into the WHY and HOW, so make sure to stay tuned!

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #mouthbreathing #breatheright #nasalairway #airway #sleepapnea

(Source: Jennie Herklotz, MA, CCC-SLP, COM (2019). Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and it’s Role in SDB)

Why is mouth breathing bad? Here is a flow chart to show the subsequent effects of mouth breathing. In our upcoming posts, we will break down into the WHY and HOW, so make sure to stay tuned!

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #mouthbreathing #breatheright #nasalairway #airway #sleepapnea

(Source: Jennie Herklotz, MA, CCC-SLP, COM (2019). Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and it’s Role in SDB)

Timeline Photos 06/28/2021

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #breatheright #mouthbreathing #nasalbreathing #tonguethrust #breathinghabits #soundmouths

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #breatheright #mouthbreathing #nasalbreathing #tonguethrust #breathinghabits #soundmouths

Timeline Photos 06/23/2021

#wednesdaywisdom #progress #speechtherapy #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #soundmouths #loudounspeech #loudounsmallbiz

#wednesdaywisdom #progress #speechtherapy #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #soundmouths #loudounspeech #loudounsmallbiz

Timeline Photos 06/21/2021

Although the younger the better for faster results, it is never too late to keep your tongue resting at the top of your mouth in an effort to expand your nasal airways.

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #soundmouths #breatheright #nasalbreathing #mouthbreathing #myo #omt #helpingkids

Although the younger the better for faster results, it is never too late to keep your tongue resting at the top of your mouth in an effort to expand your nasal airways.

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #soundmouths #breatheright #nasalbreathing #mouthbreathing #myo #omt #helpingkids

06/17/2021

Is your child a mouth breather? When he/she breathes, does it remind you of how Darth Vader breathes? Does your child's speech sound like their nose is stuffy (all the time)? Enlarged adenoids could be the culprit!

Does your child mouth breathe?
Could be their adenoids. 🤯

The adenoids are glands located in the roof of the mouth, behind the soft palate where the nose connects to the throat. The adenoids produce antibodies, or white blood cells, that help fight infections.
Like tonsils, sometimes they can grow large enough to restrict airflow through the nose and cause mouth breathing, snoring and sleep problems.

The good news is, typically, the adenoids shrink during adolescence and may disappear by adulthood.

The bad news is, in the meantime, they can cause a lot of issues in little developing children if they are restricting oxygen flow to the body and brain.
The first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important. Early experiences provide the base for the brain's organizational development and functioning throughout life. Early brain development has a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and their emotional abilities.
If sleep and/or breathing is affected, then large adenoids obstructing a child's airway can be detrimental at this critical stage of life.

Another key point is that children with large adenoids tend to grow longer faces. Research shows that because adenoids typically cause mouth breathing, these children are more likely to have narrow jaws and crowding also.

So with this in mind, for most kids, we don't have time to wait until they "grow out" of their problems.

Here are a few signs that your child might have issues with their adenoids:
- snoring
- mouth breathing
- restless or poor sleep
- behavioural or emotional issues
- middle ear infections

But there are many more!
Kids who have thumb and finger sucking kids can have these kinds of issues too.
Thoughts?? ⬇️⬇️

#breathing #sleep #adenoids #tonsils #parenting #pediatricdentistry #dentist #slp #dentista

Timeline Photos 06/16/2021

Last weeks #wednesdaywisdom addressed the correlation of speech sound disorder and language difficulties in preschoolers. In this post, we break down the difference between speech and language, which in the SLP world are two very different things!

#speechsounds #speechsounddisorder #languagedifficulty #slp #speech #language #ashaigers #languagedevelopment #loudounspeech (source: ASHA)

Last weeks #wednesdaywisdom addressed the correlation of speech sound disorder and language difficulties in preschoolers. In this post, we break down the difference between speech and language, which in the SLP world are two very different things!

#speechsounds #speechsounddisorder #languagedifficulty #slp #speech #language #ashaigers #languagedevelopment #loudounspeech (source: ASHA)

Timeline Photos 06/09/2021

Early intervention can address both speech sound disorders and any early signs of language difficulties

(source: Gierut, Speech Sound Disorders, 1998) #wednesdaywisdom #speechsounds #speechtherapy #language #speech #SLP #helpingkids #earlyinterventionspeech #ashaigers #loudounspeech

Early intervention can address both speech sound disorders and any early signs of language difficulties

(source: Gierut, Speech Sound Disorders, 1998) #wednesdaywisdom #speechsounds #speechtherapy #language #speech #SLP #helpingkids #earlyinterventionspeech #ashaigers #loudounspeech

Timeline Photos 06/07/2021

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can be the root cause of many issues including speech/ voice quality, breathing, muscle growth/ development, and sleep, just to name a few. If any of these signs ring a bell with you or a loved one, it may be time to be evaluated by an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

#myomonday #tonsilsandadenoids #breatheright #myofunctionaltherapy #orofacialmyology #omt #enlargedtonsils #tonsils #adenoids

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can be the root cause of many issues including speech/ voice quality, breathing, muscle growth/ development, and sleep, just to name a few. If any of these signs ring a bell with you or a loved one, it may be time to be evaluated by an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

#myomonday #tonsilsandadenoids #breatheright #myofunctionaltherapy #orofacialmyology #omt #enlargedtonsils #tonsils #adenoids

06/02/2021

Do you or a family member suffer from gut issues?

We forget that digestion takes a big toll on your body. If you don't use it correctly, it won't work correctly. It’s all about getting your body relaxed enough so that it digests well, it’s all about the gut-brain and mouth-gut connection.

​Poor gut symptoms can include:
• poor absorption
• reflux
• constipation
• bloating
• pain

Healing these issues can be a challenge. Digestive issues become complex and difficult to fix. That’s because the gut is a very intricate organ.

Your mouth is the beginning of the digestive system and is one of the tools you can use to kick start your gut by using it efficiently.

In Ayurvedic medicine it was suggested to chew once for every tooth.

(That’s at least 30 chews per piece of food you put in your mouth).

Increased chewing helps kick start the calming nervous system.

The cranial nerve stimulation of chewing begins the parasympathetic ‘readying’ of the gut to absorb food.

These systems begin in the nerves of the mouth and brain, but the digestive system is endowed with its own, local nervous system referred to as the enteric or intrinsic nervous system.

The enteric nervous system contains as many neurons as the spinal cord.

Enteric neurons secretes an array of neurotransmitters including acetylcholine that stimulates smooth muscle contraction, increases in intestinal secretions, release of enteric hormones and dilation of blood vessels.

​These links take the form of parasympathetic and sympathetic fibers that connect either the central and enteric nervous systems or connect the central nervous system directly with the digestive tract

More chewing not only starts this system but:

1) Increases saliva to release digestive enzymes
2) Helps in breakdown of fats critical for digesting fat soluble vitamins

Here’s some tips to improve digestive motility:

• Remove yourself from technology
• Eat outside if possible
• Total meal time over 30 minutes (of eating)
• Don’t drink water directly before a meal to stop dilution of stomach acid
• Practice positive thinking before eating. Gratitude, loved ones, or happy times.


Do you suffer from gut issues? What has helped your healing journey?

05/27/2021

Yes Graceful Expression, Speech-Language Pathologist! SLPs do so much more than play and work on R! ❤️❤️

Timeline Photos 05/25/2021

Words have big meanings.. and big feelings!

Two questions here:

1) What did you need to hear as a child?

2) What do you tell your children?

Let's inspire each other and share below to spread our loving intent, not only to our children but to our inner-child, too.

05/21/2021

Can you spot the signs of crooked teeth? ⠀
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Today we are in an orthodontic epidemic. It’s the biggest health problem on the planet. When teeth are crooked, it’s a sign the craniofacial system has not developed in a way the human form has been designed to.⠀

Parents can pick up the signs early. Thin, narrow jaws often come alongside a set of symptoms. If you look at the two pictures above, the general pattern of development on then left accompanies crooked teeth.⠀
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When the platforms of the jaws don’t grow, teeth don’t fit, it’s that simple. But the problems that ensue are not simple and orthodontics is a great fix for straightening teeth, but there may be more to the picture.⠀

​It becomes a complex syndrome with different signs/symptoms.⠀

​#1: Incorrect Skeletal, Jaw and Teeth Development⠀

Jaw development:⠀
Developing a wide palate is key to proper jaw development.⠀
Cranial imbalances can involve the skull, jaw, and vertebral bones. A narrow roof of the mouth or 'V' shaped palate may be a sign the upper jaw bone is underdeveloped.

#2: Nasal airway obstruction⠀
Nasal breathing is central to proper jaw and teeth development.⠀

In one day you will take between 20 000 to 30 000 breaths. Normal breathing provides forces that expand the maxilla and upper jaw.⠀
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​Signs: Snoring, mouth breathing or gasping during sleep⠀

#3: Low Tongue Posture⠀

​In proper tongue posture, we should see the tongue up against the palate. The tip of the tongue behind the front of the top teeth right to the back of the tongue should be pressed upwards to the back of the throat. This activates all the muscles that connect to the jaw, the base of the skull, the spine and the throat.⠀

#4: Open Lip Posture⠀

​Your child’s facial muscles should close the lips at rest. If their lips don’t sit together at rest, it’s often due to a low and forward tongue posture.⠀

#5: Oral behaviors⠀

Certain non-nutritive sucking such as: Thumb sucking and pacifiers can create affect how the jaw develops early in life.⠀
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​Do you notice any of these signs in yourself or your children?

Timeline Photos 05/19/2021

#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #speechtherapy #ashaigers #speechlanguage #helpingkids #progress #loudounspeech

#wednesdaywisdom #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #speechtherapy #ashaigers #speechlanguage #helpingkids #progress #loudounspeech

Timeline Photos 05/17/2021

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #breatheright #tonguetie #helpingkids #soundmouths #nasalbreathing

#myomonday #orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #breatheright #tonguetie #helpingkids #soundmouths #nasalbreathing

Timeline Photos 05/12/2021

Going off of our last post, phonological processes are common for speech pathologists to work on correcting by retraining the oral mechanisms. However, if re-training the oral mechanisms to make these sounds does not work, there could be an underlying orofacial myofunctional disorder that may need to be addressed.

#orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #helpingkids #breatheright #phonetics #phonologicalprocesses #speechpathology #loudounslp #ashaigers

Going off of our last post, phonological processes are common for speech pathologists to work on correcting by retraining the oral mechanisms. However, if re-training the oral mechanisms to make these sounds does not work, there could be an underlying orofacial myofunctional disorder that may need to be addressed.

#orofacialmyology #myofunctionaltherapy #omt #helpingkids #breatheright #phonetics #phonologicalprocesses #speechpathology #loudounslp #ashaigers

Timeline Photos 05/10/2021

Phonological processes are the basic patterns of errors in speech. Although they are common as children navigate learning to talk, there are developmental norms for outgrowing these errors, as well.

#phonologicalprocesses #phonetics #phonemes #speechpathology #loudounslp #helpingkids #ashaigers

Phonological processes are the basic patterns of errors in speech. Although they are common as children navigate learning to talk, there are developmental norms for outgrowing these errors, as well.

#phonologicalprocesses #phonetics #phonemes #speechpathology #loudounslp #helpingkids #ashaigers

05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

05/03/2021

Pretty amazing that simply breathing through your nose can positively impact your health!

Did you know that the nasal sinuses has a nutrient called nitric oxide? Long term depletion can lead to the cardiovascular plaque build-up.

Nasal breathing gives you access to this critical nutrient, while mouth breathing starves your body of it.

Nitric oxide signals to the cells in your arteries to soften and relax (vasodilation), an action that can greatly reduce blood pressure.

The best way to access nitric oxide is to breathe slowly through the nose.
Breathing heavy causes blood vessels to constrict. This is one reason why mouth breathers are tired a lot of the time. There is less delivery of O2 in mouth breathing. Normal breathing is approximately 4-6 liters/minute and 10-12 breaths per minute.

Oxygen saturation would be around 95- 98%. If you have a breathing problem you may breathe 10-15 liters/min, you may even take more breaths, but you do not have any more Oxygen.

Benefits of Nitric Oxide:

• As a vasodilator it decreases blood pressure and improves blood flow to the organs
• Anti-inflammatory action in the arteries
• Prevents blood clotting and obstructions in the arteries
• Immune defense: destruction of viruses and parasitic organisms
• Plays a role in respiration
• Enables erectile function
• Enhances memory and learning
• Protects the skin from harmful ionizing radiation
• Promotes a healthy digestive tract by regulating the secretion of digestive hormones and enzymes
• Hormonal effects: influences secretion of hormones from several glands
• Regulates bladder function
• Acts as a signaling molecule to maintain normal bodily functions Regulation of binding/ release of O2 to hemoglobin

Nitrates are compounds that play a big role in our metabolic system.
The largest source of nitrates (and therefore nitric oxide) in the human diet is vegetables. Beetroot is the best of the bunch, with most research focusing on beetroot juice.

Another exercise to access nitric oxide:

1) Take a deep belly breath, and pinch your nose.
2) Feel the pressure building in your nose, hold it for as long as you can
3) Repeat 5x aiming to increase the time you hold your breath

How did you find the exercise made your nasal sinuses feel?

Timeline Photos 05/03/2021

Developmental speech sound norms are important for being able to recognize normal versus abnormal speech sound errors in children. Do you notice any speech sound errors in your children that are past the developmental norms?

#soundmouths #helpingkids #developmentalnorms #speechsounds #ashaigers #speechtherapy #slp #loudounslp #loudounspeech

Developmental speech sound norms are important for being able to recognize normal versus abnormal speech sound errors in children. Do you notice any speech sound errors in your children that are past the developmental norms?

#soundmouths #helpingkids #developmentalnorms #speechsounds #ashaigers #speechtherapy #slp #loudounslp #loudounspeech

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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