(402) 480-3152

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD)

Paige Leising, MS, L-CCC-SLP

To schedule an evaluation and therapy with Paige, please call 402-480-3152.

Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) are movement patterns that interfere with the growth, development, or use of the mouth and face. OMDs can co-occur with a variety of speech and swallowing disorders.

Communication Works speech-language pathologist, Paige Leising, has specialized training in orofacial myofunctional disorders. She offers services for individuals who have OMDs characterized by one, some, or all of these symptoms:

  • Tongue thrust (i.e., tongue is habitually forward at rest, during speech, and/or when swallowing)
  • Open mouth posture (while breathing and at rest)
  • Dental abnormalities (over-, open-, or under-bite)
  • Speech errors on /s, z/ (sounds like a lisp)
  • Incorrect tongue placement (for sounds such as /t, d, n, l, sh, ch, j/)
  • Drooling and/or poor oral control (past age 2)
  • Thumb-sucking or pacifier use (past 12 months)

Paige combines her knowledge of speech pathology with her training in orofacial myofunctional disorders to provide a specialized program of instruction not found elsewhere.

Individuals considering braces might ask their dentists and orthodontists about OMD therapy to enhance the orthodontic process and ensure long-lasting results.

Paige uses skilled therapy techniques and equipment to correct OMD, eliminate habitual tongue thrusts, and correct associated speech disorders.