What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Enrichment Therapies

October 17, 2022

Child looking in moms mouth with magnifying glass

By: Kaylie Wright, M.A., CCC-SLP

Orofacial myofunctional therapy is a program that is used to remediate the improper use of tongue and facial muscles. Therapy works to improve the strength of these tongue and orofacial muscles. This is done by teaching clients how to use their muscles appropriately through different strengthening and retraining techniques. This process is individualized and looks different for each client. 

How can Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy help your child?

Therapy will look different for everyone based on individual needs, which also means that improvement areas will be different for everyone. However, some common areas in which improvement occurs are as follows:

  • Improve improper tongue position/ tongue up resting posture
  • Nasal breathing instead of mouth breathing
  • Snoring
  • Speech sounds
  • Tongue thrust
  • Promote proper growth of facial structures 
  • Improve dentition
  • More restful and restorative sleep

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders are very common in children and are even more common in children with speech sound disorders! Each child’s journey is very tailored and specific to each individual. This helps each child to make progress and improvements as quickly and efficiently as possible. Contact us today for a screening or evaluation! 

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs.  At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success. Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.


740 Community Drive, Unit A

North Liberty, IA 52317



5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300

Johnston, IA 50131


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