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If children have difficulty swallowing food or liquids, they may be suffering from a term known as dysphagia. If you suspect your child might have pediatric dysphagia you'll want to schedule a feeding/swallowing evaluation from a qualified speech-language pathologist.
An orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is when there is an abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position during rest, swallowing or speech. You may also see this when there are prolonged oral habits, like thumb or finger sucking.
Receptive and Expressive Language:
Expressive language is important because it enables a child to be able to express their wants and needs, thoughts and ideas, express a point of view, develop their use of language in writing and engage in successful interactions with others.
A developmental delay refers to a child who has not gained the developmental skills expected of him or her, compared to others of the same age. Delays may occur in the areas of motor function, speech and language, cognitive, play, and social skills.
Pragmatic (Social Communication):
SCD is characterized by a persistent difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication that cannot be explained by low cognitive ability. Symptoms include difficulty in the acquisition and use of spoken and written language as well as problems with inappropriate responses in conversation.
Tongue thrust (also called reverse swallow or immature swallow) is the common name of an oral myofunctional disorder, a dysfunctional muscle pattern in which the tongue protrudes anteriorly or laterally during swallowing, during speech, and while the tongue is at rest.
A broad skill that includes identifying and manipulating units of oral language – parts such as words, syllables, and onsets and rimes.
Motor Speech and BECKMAN Oral Motor:
The Beckman Oral Motor Protocol is an intervention that utilizes assisted movement and stretch reflexes to activate muscle contraction, build strength and improve range of motion in the lips, jaw, tongue and soft palate.
Voice and Fluency:
Voice consists of pitch, loudness and rate of speech used when speaking. Fluency consists of the flow of speech, also referred to as stuttering.
Autism Spectrum Disorder:
Is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.