TeachSpeech, LLC- Speech, Language & Myofunctional Therapy

Combining play with evidence based practices to create a foundation for learning, one word at a time.

Combining play with evidence based practices to create a foundation for learning, one word at a time.

This girl at our sister clinic Thumbsucking Institute just finished her first week without sucking her thumb! Have any thumb suckers that can’t quit kick the habit? We got you covered!! #thumbsucking #oralhabits #stopthethumb #orofacialmyofunctionaltherapy

First week without any thumb sucking for this gal!! She even said that she doesn’t even think about it when she falls asleep. So excited for her, she’s rocking it! #thumbsucking #oromyofunctionaltherapy #helpingpeople #oralhabits


Watch: Runner with cerebral palsy signs with Nike

Runner Justin Gallegos became the first professional athlete with cerebral palsy to sign a contract with Nike. #disABILITY #differentnotless #Nike

si.com Runner Justin Gallegos became the first professional athlete with cerebral palsy to sign a contract with Nike.


Sharing!! Talk tools has 21% off...chewy tubes, bite blocks, and more!!!

Celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness Month: 21% OFF Feeding Therapy Tools until Wednesday, October 10 at midnight EST!
Shop speech & feeding therapy tools with us.

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Ask any speech pathologist you know, our kids are excellent testers 😉. My #2 needs some work on his lip incompetence. Checking out the lip trainer from Myofunctional Research Co.

Looking forward to applying the knowledge from the incredible lineup of speakers to both Teachspeech, LLC- Speech, Language & Myofunctional Therapy and our sister clinic Thumbsucking Institute. #IAOM2018

Do you remember these? Opportunities for learning language are everywhere! #playonwords #oldschool #playonwords

Great ideas for language modeling for Fall!

🍂🍁It's FALL! And shockingly, it actually feels like it here in Texas! One of my favorite fall activities is going on walks, so I thought I'd combine it with some tips for Modeling Language! I talk a lot about modeling language rather than repeatedly quizzing kids (It's just NOT natural communication!), so next time you are out, try making comments and sharing experiences instead of asking "what's this?" If you child knows the word "dog", add to it by saying "the dog is barking!" or "I hear a dog!" Show them how they can comment and even ask social questions- "burrrr it's cold! Whoa, did you feel the wind? Yeah? Me too!" We want talking and communicating to be fun (not always hard work) and learning while enjoying the outdoors is a perfect way to do this! What are your favorite fall activities?! 👇🏼👇🏼

For more tips on how to model language in a routine, visit www.mrsspeechiep.com/bath-routine

TODAY Parents

How sweet is this little boy’s smile!

Preston Tassi was born with a rare neurological condition called Moebius syndrome, that affected his ability to smile. Thanks to a special surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Preston can now smile without using his hands

Thumbsucking Institute

[MOUTH BREATHING] Do you have a mouth breather in your house? If so, it’s time to take a look to see why!

Play Works Children's Therapies

Grants for speech therapy!! Next deadline is November!

This is worth another share! Also check out Small Steps in Speech. Next grant application deadline approaching in November!

Thumbsucking Institute

Our sister clinic, The Thumbsucking Institute, is growing and we would love it if you would also join us there to see our posts! We are on a mission to help children grow healthy mouths, smiles and sounds! 👄👅👍🏻

Medical & Health

What a terrific song to use this month!! Following directions while having fun!

This action rhyme will be perfect for October!


A child who sleeps well renews their body at a cellular level and is better able to attend, self regulate and learn! Snoring is a red flag that something is going on!


If your child snores, its worth checking out.

A 2012 study from the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology found that children who snored appeared to suffer impairment in neurocognitive and behavioral functions compared to non-snoring children, even if they didn't have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, hypopnea or marked drops in oxygen.

Thats a fancy way of saying if your child snores, even if its not a sign of a serious sleep disorder like Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, it still can be affecting their concentration, learning and behaviour.

So don't ignore the snore!

If your child snores and/or you're concerned about their sleep or daytime function at school, concentration or behaviour, make an appointment to speak with your doctor.

You'll all sleep better at night.

Carla xx


They were moms and dads, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends. Never forget all those lost 17 years ago...

The office staff at Ped Dentistry of South Riding is fantastic! Last dental check up, I mentioned to Diane that I take the empty containers and use them to hide little objects for speech. I walked in today to find a bag of them she saved for TeachSpeech! Thank you!!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Oxford School District

Indoors or Outside.. this would be a terrific brain break for children in school!

Our Superintendent hopped along the Bramlett Elementary playground today! The new playground design was painted over the summer to include a sensory experience for all kids! This too was designed by teacher Holly Barker Clay. For more information, email [email protected]. You may also visit her website at www.thesensorypath.com.

Memories can bring back feelings, emotions, and even language!! Looking at this, I can remember asking my Mom for a recipe for this book the K & my 1st grade class made together for Mother’s Day that year. Pretty snazzy 6 year old with my 👠 and necklace. #loudounbiz #missmymom #memoriesforalifetime #language #1970s #loudounsmallbiz #ashaigers #loudounspeechtherapy

We are looking for talented SLPs and OTs to join our practice to work with our early intervention caseload. Know anyone? Flexible, part-time positions

Thumbsucking Institute

Our myofunctional assessment always begins with airways, it's the foundation of our work. Proper breathing (nasal breathing) is essential to your child's health, development and also educational success. When we sleep, we restore and heal our bodies. If a child isn't sleeping well and doesn't receive the proper oxygen to their brain and cells... this is a BIG problem and we must address this first!


Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho it's back to school we go...


Your child's social skills in kindergarten are more important than their academics

Color, numbers, and shapes are not the most important things your child needs to know for Kindergarten.

mother.ly Here are five to focus on building in your kiddo.


Communicating With Baby: Tips and Milestones From Birth to Age 5

What a great resource!! Click on the link to download free tips and language milestones from birth to 5.

identifythesigns.org The free toolkit below details communication skills that parents should expect to see in their child by age and tips for how to support children’s development through daily reading. The toolkit was…


There is no such thing as an orthodontic pacifier….

Pacifiers are useful tools.. for infants! However, prolonged use can hinder development of early speech skills, oral discovery (babies learn this way), facial expression imitation, and overall mouth development. #unplugthepaci

thumbsuckingclinic.com.au There’s no such thing as an orthodontic dummy…..   And I hate to the be the one to to tell you.   But there really isn’t.   There are big multi-million dollar companies that want you to think there are are pacifiers out there that don’t cause any harm…..   But it doesn’t matter what ...

Growing healthy mouths, smiles and even sounds means a child eliminates habits that could hinder optimal orofacial development. We start by taking an in-depth look at the WHY, WHEN and and HOW of that habit and tailor a solution for success! #thumbsucking #thumbsout #omt #oromyofunctionaltherapy #loudounthumbsucking

Best part of my job, teaching others about how to help a child develop their communication skills. What a great group of preschool teachers at the @loudounprcs Staff Development Day #loudounspeechtherapy #loudounsmallbiz


Facial Meltdown – Birth to Death – and How It Affects Your Overall Health

We want children to grow healthy faces, mouths, and sounds. There are factors that that can reduce optimal face and mouth development and can easily be identified and some not so easily. This article also has a quick video to show examples of how you can self check for issues today.

primaldentistry.org Download a pdf version: Facial Meltdown. Adapted from Chapter 12 Asked why he would not appoint a person who sought a particular job, Lincoln said, “I don‘t like his face.“ “But Mr. Presiden…

Explaining the difference between speech and language is probably one of our top 3 discussions with have with families. Love this infographic!

"Oh you're a speech therapist? You help kids say 'R', right?" YES! Yes I do that and SO MUCH MORE! SLP stands for speech language pathologist, yet most people don't realize we focus on increasing language skills too! It's also important to know, a person does not need speech in order to have language! Find out the difference here 👇🏼👏🏼🙌🏼

As a prolonged child thumbsucker myself, I know the impact that this habit can have on overall mouth development. Utilizing my training as an orofacial myofunctional therapist combined with additional specialized training in finger and thumb sucking elimination, I decided to open a clinic specifically to help children eliminate these oral habits.

Prolonged thumbsucking and pacifier use can not only hinder mouth development but speech, feeding, communicating and social stigma may also create problems for some families.

This program not only assists children to stop sucking their thumb or finger, but it builds confidence and motivation. We are now accepting new clients, give us a call to find out more. https://teachspeechtherapy.com/stop-thumbsucking/


Hello Fri-YAY!

Did you know our SLP Shannon has a Monarch Butterfly Waystation?? She brought one to the clinic because she wanted to keep her eye on it, it was struggling to get out of it’s chrysalis. It emerged safely! 🦋 🦋🦋 were a fun way to encourage language and articulation yesterday!! #ashaigers #language #loudounsmallbiz #loudounbiz #loudounspeechtherapy #loudounlocal

The Sun Video

Always a helpful tip to remember and share! Teach you child how to hold their pencil ✏️.

This is brilliant

The Daily Goalcast

At Teachspeech we utilize our client’s strengths to elevate their weaknesses. We know that different is not deficient.

Jonathan Mooney was always the slow kid in class. Called 'stupid' and 'lazy' most of his life, he believed that because he was different, he was deficient.

A little humor on this rainy day. Having the tongue in proper resting position helps your little one's face develop appropriately. If your child can't put their tongue on the "spot" ... let's find that reason why! An oromyofunctional evaluation can be the first step in finding out if your child's structure and function are developing as they should.

Viral TRND

❤️ Beautiful. ❤️ An amazing SLP helps this child find his voice again. These magical moments are why we do what we love! #youaregonnacry

That speech pathologist lady is amazing. . .🤗💖
Credit: ViralHog


Childhood obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: a review of the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. - PubMed - NCBI

Does your child present with symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, aggression, behavioral problems, excessive sleepiness, difficulty waking up in the morning, learning problems, frequent awakening at night, restless sleep, morning headaches, and nocturnal enuresis." Guess what? ??These signs may not be ADHD, laziness or a mental health issue. Sleep apnea can the culprit. More and more I am seeing these cases in my practice and referring out to specialists that can help.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Pediatr Ann. 2013 Oct;42(10):195-9. doi: 10.3928/00904481-20130924-09. Review

Our myofunctional therapy can correct that low tongue resting posture which inhibits proper facial development. Our goal is to help grow healthy mouths and faces! It all begins with foundation of a proper resting position. Find out more: https://teachspeechtherapy.com/orofacial-myology/

A low tongue rest posture habit can be lasting even if the causative factors are corrected ie. Tongue tie has been released or nasal breathing has been established. Myofunctional therapy can help correct the tongue resting position - creating better habits for better health.
#MyoMondays #Myofunctionaltherapy #TheBreatheInstitute #WholeHealth #WholeFamily
Learn more at www.thebreatheinstitute.com

Important things a person with a hearing loss wants us to know!

Shared from a parent with a child with hearing loss


Autism Risk Determined by Health of Mom’s Gut, UVA Research Reveals

Interesting stuff!!

news.virginia.edu The discovery raises the possibility that preventing forms of autism could be as simple as an expectant mother modifying her diet or taking custom probiotics.

WHAT?!! TAG means this? 😂 Thanks Suzanne Pitkewicz - Health and Fitness (aka our amazing developmental specialist for EI) for sharing!

😂😂😂 anyone else?!?! #stolethisfromafriend #becausemymindwasblown

This weekend TeachSpeech, LLC- Speech, Language & Myofunctional Therapy attended a training with other local professionals. It was wonderful to learn side by side with other Speech Pathologists (SLPs) and to feel the genuine camaraderie in the group. When I speak to other local SLPs I don't see competitors, I see colleagues and collaborators. We are all in this to HELP and we rise when we lift others. Speech LLC - Speech, Myofunctional, Language and Voice Therapy Little Hands Pediatric Therapy, LLC Pediatric Feeding & Speech Solutions, PLLC Hallie Bulkin - Little Sprout Speech, LLC Skill Builders Exceptional Childrens Center (I know I may be missing a few, please tag yourself).

Two days of learning this weekend for Lauren, Shannon, and Mary about tethered oral tissues (aka tongue/lip ties) We also had the opportunity to laser an orange, takes a lot of steady hand coordination. Hats off to our preferred providers that perform this magic! Thanks Chrysalis Feeding, LLC for the training and to Exceptional Childrens Center for hosting.

Shannon, Lauren and Mary are finishing up their first day of the tethered oral tissue speciality training (TOTS) in Springfield with Autumn Henning, MS CCC-SLP, COM of Chrysalis Feeding, LLC.

Getting excited for a little announcement....we are almost ready to 🚀 Stay tuned!! 👍🏻🗣👍🏻🗣#loudounbiz #loudounsmallbiz #firstofitskind #imperfect #bringingnewthingstoNOVA!

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