Speech therapists, feeding therapy and orofacial what?  

Here's the scoop...

Hey there!  My name is Amy and I am a speech-language pathologist, feeding therapist and orofacial myofunctional therapist. As a young child I remember loving to learn the alphabet and the sounds for each letter.  Fast forward to college... I had changed my major as often as a chameleon changes colors and my junior year in undergrad was fast approaching! I thought I had diligently combed  through each and every course of study ETSU had to offer.  As I continued to search for a college major feelings of overwhelm continued to grow.  I prayed for guidance (definitely should've done this first!), searched through the courses of study one more time and literally stumbled upon Communication Disorders.  As I looked through the courses I noticed classes related to phonetics and phonology.  I remembered how I had always loved phonics and how words were formed (very weird, I know!), then I my feelings of overwhelm turned into an overwhelming sense of peace.  I love it when God works like that!  Now fast forward 10 more years.... I'm a practicing speech therapist, loving my profession and soaking up every opportunity I can to learn new treatment techniques and continue my education.  Dysphagia had been discussed briefly in graduate school, but mostly as it related to the adult population. I attended several continuing education courses related to pediatric feeding and a new passion was ignited.  I was very intrigued by the obvious relationship between speaking and eating.  Several presenters at continuing education courses vaguely eluded to this relationship, but there always seemed to be a missing link.  Actually, there were many missing links.  After many years of providing speech and feeding therapy I began studying about orofacial myofunctional dysfunction and attended a course about orofacial myofunctional disorders.  My eyes were opened and the missing links were finally discovered.  It was during this course that I discovered I had a tongue-tie.  Not only were the missing links within my profession discovered, but many personal health annoyances were answered.  I hope you'll check back and read the roller-coaster ride of my tongue-tie journey in future blogs. It has definitely been an experience!

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Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy is more than just "teaching a child to eat".  Therapists work closely with patients and their families to determine the source of the child's difficulties and develop a very specific plan to make the entire process of eating safe, easier and more enjoyable.

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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD's) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth.  OMD's may affect breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth/development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occulusion, temporomandibular joint movment, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics and more.  Orofacial myofunctional therapy provides intense treatment for OMD's as therapists collaborate with other professionals to create a team approach.

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