OMD stands for orofacial myofunctional disorder (the diagnosis) and OMT stands for orofacial myofunctional therapy. According to the American Speech and Hearing Association, OMDs may interfere with normal growth and development of the muscles and bones of the face and mouth. OMDs may also interfere with how the muscles of the face and mouth are used for eating, talking, and breathing. People who have an OMD may also have problems with talking, swallowing, and breathing through their nose.

OMT (Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy) uses specific exercises and movement to target the function of the oral musculature including tongue placement, oral resting posture, and jaw movements. Families are shown and practice exercises in session with the treating therapist. An individualized weekly protocol is given to work on in the home 3 times daily for maximum progress and carryover of skills into daily life.

common indicators of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders include:

Tongue Thrust

Open Mouth Posture at Rest

Mouth Breathing


High Palate

Oral Habits: thumb sucking, nail biting, extended use of pacifier, chewing on pencils/pens

Tongue Tie

Open Bite

Excessive Drooling

Chronic Chapped Lips

Difficulty Breastfeeding

Picky Eater

Speech Sound Errors

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