Therapy Services for Speech and Language Disorders
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Thumb sucking and finger habits

Most children who suck beyond age 2 maintain a low or forward rest posture of the tongue. A common term for this is “tongue thrust”. The most efficient growth of the mouth and face, production of speech sounds, and swallowing occurs with a more upward and retracted motion of the tongue. However, this ability can be severely impacted in the thumb sucking child. Difficulty biting, chewing, or gathering food can also result. Some children may develop difficulties or even aversions to certain food textures just too challenging for them to handle.

The myofunctional approach uses principles of positive reinforcement as a motivator making your child responsible for breaking his or her own habit with parental guidance and support from the therapist. Therapy  can reverse the negative effects of thumb or finger sucking in just a few weeks

 

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