These are general descriptions of Oral-Motor/Feeding deficits that can be addressed in therapy. Please contact us for more information.
Oral motor deficits are muscle based. Oral-motor activities help to facilitate accurate placement for sound production. Children with oral-motor deficits may present with but not limited to following:
Low tone/high tone
Open mouth posture
Overall poor speech intelligibility, and/or articulation errors.
Oral-Motor/Speech therapy utilizes a combination of:
1. Auditory stimulation
2. Visual stimulation
3. Tactile stimulation to the mouth to improve speech clarity.
(Taken from Oral-motor Exercises for Speech Clarity, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, 1999)
Feeding therapy can help alleviate various feeding issues and focuses on the following:
Strengthening the articulators in order to improve chewing.
Learning how to use the jaw, lips and tongue to safely manipulate food in the oral cavity and/or trying new foods.
We use a sensory-motor based approach to feeding. Depending on a child’s sensory system we may work on desensitizing or providing sensory input to regulate a child’s sensory system.