Myofunctional therapy is a field of study dedicated to the treatment of any atypical pattern that interfere with normal growth, development and function that target the facial and mouth muscles used to speak, chew and swallow. Orofacial myofunctional disorders are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. If left untreated, it may affect directly or indirectly: breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, TMJ movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more.
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Open Mouth Posture
Noxious oral Habits
(Thumb & digit sucking, pacifier, nail biting)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
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Each therapy program is individualized, as we focus on our patient's need to improve tongue position, oral rest posture and nasal breathing.
Of all the treatment options available, Myofunctional therapy is the least invasive. In many cases, all we're talking about is performing some simple exercises for a few minutes a day. The exercises are relatively simple and absolutely fun!!
Tongue thrust is an abnormal placement of the tongue (front/side) during swallowing. It can create an open bite, cause a relapse in orthodontic treatment and possible lisping. Often times it’s found to exist in those with air way obstruction, Read Article:
Prolonged oral habits displace the lips, tongue and/or jaw from their natural rest posture. Severity of the incorrect muscle function depends on frequency, duration and intensity of the habit.
Tongue tie is a condition of altered tongue mobility due to the presence of restrictive tissue between the undersurface of the tongue and the floor of mouth. When there is such a restriction it could impair optimal oral functions. Some examples are speech, chewing & swallowing. Read Article:
Lip incompetence is an inability to maintain a lips together, closed mouth posture at rest and showing strain in the muscles around the face when a lip seal is attempted. Possible causes: Allergies, deviated septum, tongue thrusting, weak muscle tone, digit sucking, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, sleep disorders. This condition can obstruct your airway, leading to chronic mouth breathing. Read Article:
Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) may be caused by too much strain on the jaw joints and the muscle group that controls chewing, swallowing, and speech. This may be due to teeth grinding, injury to the jaw, head, or neck, or arthritis. Symptoms may include jaw pain, headaches, earaches, limited mouth motions, and jaw clicking, popping, or locking. Read Article:
Scientists and doctors have realized that not only is sleep apnea far more widespread than we ever knew, but the health concerns around it are more alarming than we imagined. For example, did you know that sleep apnea in children is actually quite common? Or that it has been linked to a number of conditions including ADD/ADHD, reduced IQ, developmental issues, and can even stunt a child’s growth? Read Article:
PROMPT therapy is a unique holistic tactile/kinesthetic approach to speech therapy. Therapists use touch cues on the lips, jaws, tongue, and vocal cords. They use this technique to help shape and support proper movement and placement of the vocal organs, known as articulators, and include the lips, tongue, hard palate, and teeth.
The name comes from an acronym: Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. It’s both a treatment method and philosophy and this holistic program is designed to promote and facilitate the development of motor skills and the production of phonemes, which are the smallest units of sound.
For the most part, PROMPT therapy is used to improve functional speech, meaning the clarity of speech. Using this method, therapists are able to clearly communicate and demonstrate the proper placement and movement of the lips, tongue, teeth, and jaw to create specific sounds and sound combinations.
Receptive language refers to the understanding of language, including both gestures and words/sentences. Receptive language skills consist of (but is not limited to) knowledge of vocabulary, understanding concepts, and being able to interpret types of questions.
Expressive language refers to the "output" of language and the use of words, sentences, and gestures to convey messages and express wants and needs. Expressive language skills include labeling objects in ones environment, describing actions, putting words together to form sentences, grammar, and forming narratives.
Pragmatic language is the use of appropriate communication in social situations (knowing what to say, how to say it, and when to say it). Therapy in this area will focus on using language for different purposes, changing language according to the listener and/or following the rules for conversation. Clients will learn to engage in reciprocal conversations with peers, transition as the speaker/listener, stay on topic of discussion, all while using an appropriate tone of voice.
If left untreated, weaknesses in these areas can lead to academic (reading/writing) challenges, developing relationships/engaging socially with others, completing higher level education and/or applying for jobs in both interviews and written application.
With over twenty years of experience in a number of modalities, our goal is to optimize overall health.
Our mission is to make happy, healthy smiles for a lifetime by promoting proper orofacial growth and development. Our dedication to preventing, identifying and treating OMD's will have you leaving your session feeling confident and excited that your overall health is in great hands.
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The goal of our Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists is to provide customized treatment for you or your child while working with the recommended treatment plan of your dentist, orthodontist, or speech pathologist to collectively achieve the best oral function and balance. Whether we are influencing growth patterns in a developing child, or maximizing muscle function in our adult patients, we want to achieve lasting CHANGE.
Nicole has been in the dental field for over 25 years. She started as a certified dental assistant in general dentistry and head surgical assistant for an oral surgeon in private practice. While working part time as a surgical assistant Nicole earned her AAS in dental hygiene from CUNY Hostos in 2000 and graduated with honors. She was a m
Nicole has been in the dental field for over 25 years. She started as a certified dental assistant in general dentistry and head surgical assistant for an oral surgeon in private practice. While working part time as a surgical assistant Nicole earned her AAS in dental hygiene from CUNY Hostos in 2000 and graduated with honors. She was a member of the English Honors Society during her time at Hostos. Nicole practices dental hygiene in a private pediatric practice and has been on staff there for 21 of her 22 years as dental hygienist. The motivation to educate herself and practice orofacial myology are her two young boys. She took her initial training with the IAOM and continues educating herself in order to grow through conferences, webinars, books, and online forums. Nicole lives in Westchester County NY with her husband, two sons and their dog Ginger. In May of 2022, Nicole earned a B.S. in Oral Health Promotion from O'Hehir University.
Hetal, working as a RDH specializing in pediatric and special needs care since 2000. She is also a wife, a mother of two beautiful children and a playful puppy 'Astro'. With over 25 years experience in private practi.ce, Hetal has delivered the highest level of patient care which motivated her to get her training in Orofacial Myofunction
Hetal, working as a RDH specializing in pediatric and special needs care since 2000. She is also a wife, a mother of two beautiful children and a playful puppy 'Astro'. With over 25 years experience in private practi.ce, Hetal has delivered the highest level of patient care which motivated her to get her training in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy by one of the leading member of IAOM, Kimberly Benkert. Introductory course was followed by extensive training, advanced courses, workshops and webinars. hope to be collaborating with many other professionals in this journey. I truly enjoy helping patients get into an optimal overall life with good oral rest posture and achieve mature swallow patterns .Hetal earned her education in dental hygiene from New York University School of Dentistry with honors. In May of 2022, Hetal earned a B.S. in Oral Health Promotion from O'Hehir University.
Bianca is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She received her Bachelor of Arts from Iona College and Master
Bianca is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She received her Bachelor of Arts from Iona College and Master of Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University. Bianca is level one PROMPT trained.Bianca is a full-time speech-language pathologist in an elementary school within the NYC Department of Education. She works with a diverse population of students ranging from Pre-K through fifth grade. Bianca provides speech and language therapy to school-age students who present with a variety of speech, language, and learning impairments. Bianca has worked in additional settings, including private practice, early intervention, and home care. She has extensive experience with children diagnosed with Developmental Delays, Autism, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Apraxia, Language-Based Literacy Disorders, ADHD, and Speech Sound Disorders-Articulation/Phonology.Bianca prides herself on creating individualized plans for each child to ensure success at home, school, as well as in the community. Bianca believes in working as part of an interdisciplinary team to help each child reach his or her full potential. She emphasizes the importance of parent involvement to promote the generalization of learned strategies and skills. Bianca aims to create engaging therapeutic activities by incorporating client interests and strengths. She is passionate about seeing children achieve their goals so that they can thrive and be successful outside of the therapy room.
Rachel Bashkoff has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for more than 11 years. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech language pathology in the state of New York. Rachel is a PROMPT Level II trained speech therapist who specializes in motor spe
Rachel Bashkoff has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for more than 11 years. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech language pathology in the state of New York. Rachel is a PROMPT Level II trained speech therapist who specializes in motor speech disorders. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Adelphi University. The majority of Rachel’s experience has been in private practice where she has worked extensively with toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children who have speech and language delays and disorders. More specifically, clients with expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Auditory Processing Disorders, and Executive Functioning difficulties.
Rachel believes that continuing education is essential in order to stay up to date on her technique and practice as a speech pathologist. She uses the information learned to discuss with her colleagues and utilizes it as part of her skill set in session.
Rachel is a firm believer in thorough and respectful communication with the client and team. A team approach is the most effective way to see steady growth in the client’s speech and language abilities. In 2021, After 15 years of living and working in Manhattan, Rachel moved to Westchester with her fantastic husband and two sons.
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