Fix a Tongue Thrust
Janet Bennett, M.Ed, is speech therapist who can help correct tongue thrust through a structured therapy approach that focuses on retraining tongue positioning, swallowing and breathing techniques.
Here are key steps in how a speech therapist can address and potentially cure tongue thrust:
Assessment: The therapist begins by assessing the individual's tongue thrust pattern, including the specific way the tongue pushes against or between the teeth during swallowing.
Identifying Underlying Causes: Understanding the reasons behind the tongue thrust is crucial. It could be related to swallowing difficulties, oral habits, or anatomical factors.
Oral Exercises: The therapist designs a customized set of exercises to retrain the tongue's resting position. These exercises involve tongue strengthening exercises, exercises to improve lip and tongue coordination, and techniques to promote proper tongue posture.
Behavioral Modification: The therapist works with the individual to identify and modify any oral habits that contribute to tongue thrust, such as thumb-sucking or pacifier use.
Swallowing Training: Since tongue thrust is associated with swallowing issues, the therapist will provide training on proper swallowing techniques to prevent tongue thrusting.
Monitoring Progress: Regular sessions are conducted to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments to the therapy plan.
Home Practice: Individuals are given exercises to practice at home to reinforce the therapy sessions.
Collaboration: In some cases, collaboration with other healthcare professionals, such as orthodontists or dentists, may be necessary to address any structural issues that contribute to tongue thrust.
It's important to note that the success of therapy depends on various factors, including the individual's age, the severity of the tongue thrust, their commitment to therapy exercises and behavioral modifications. Speech therapy for tongue thrust typically requires patience and consistent effort, but with the guidance of a skilled speech therapist, a cure is achievable.
Contact Asheville Speech to fix a tongue thrust
Reach out to Janet Bennett, M.Ed., Speech Pathologist at (828) 285-8814 or using the contact form below. Janet works with both adults and children. She has over 40 years of experience. Therapy is available for symptoms that may not always be identified as problematic. However, they can result in medical issues. The cause must be treated to find a cure.