McLean Speech & Language
6845 Elm Street, Suite 440
McLean, VA 22101
Office: 703-734-0211
Fax: 703-734-0501

Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional therapy is conducted when an individual demonstrates the following:

  • The tongue moves forward in an exaggerated way during speech and/or swallowing.
  • The tongue may lie too far forward during rest or may protrude between the upper and lower teeth during speech and swallowing, and at rest.

Although a "tongue thrust" swallow is normal in infancy, it usually decreases and disappears as a child grows. If the tongue thrust continues, a child may look, speak, and swallow differently than other children of the same age. It is also a common cause of dental malocclusions. The tongue pushes against the front teeth and can cause an open bite or overbite, if not corrected.