Myofunctional Disorder


An Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) is a disorder of the face, mouth, or lips that impact structures, growth, and function. An OMD is an abnormal movement pattern within the face and mouth. OMDs can have a negative effect on talking, breathing, swallowing, and eating. They can also interfere with the growth and development of muscles and bones in the face and mouth. The cause of OMD is mostly unknown but can be caused by blocked nasal passages, prolonged sucking/chewing habits, or anything causing the tongue to lie on the bottom of the mouth at rest or difficulty keeping lips closed at rest.

What Can Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder Look Like?

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders look different for everyone and can present symptoms at any age or stage in life. Often people experience symptoms their whole life and don’t even realize there is a problem. Some common signs and symptoms in children that could indicate intervention is needed include:


Limited tongue movement


Tongue thrust


Poor speech intelligibility


Excessive drooling


Mouth breathing


Eating that is excessively messy or difficult


Drooling past age two


Difficulty closing lips to swallow


Dental problems such as overbite/underbite


Tongue going past teeth when not talking

speech language pathologist supports student with tongue tie

How Can ETLC Help?

Myofunctional therapy works to improve movements of the tongue, mouth, and face to develop better talking, swallowing, and breathing patterns. Our therapy involves a rigorous exercise regimen along with individual training designed to strengthen specific muscles and foster healthy oral posture. Myofunctional therapy focuses on improving oral rest posture, nasal breathing, and improved articulation. Our therapists create an individualized plan to support these areas of need.

How Do I Get Started?

1. Schedule a consultation

2. Receive an individualized plan

3. Watch your child thrive

Why Choose ETLC?

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center provides an individualized program to target the skills that can help bridge the gap between frustration and success. We know Orofacial Myofunctional deficits can impact a healthy lifestyle. We believe every child deserves to thrive, and we know you want that too. Our specialists are trained in many research-based programs and strategies to create a plan specific to your child and their unique learning style. Together, we can help your child feel confident and successful!