In my 24 years as a speech-language pathologist, I’ve worked closely with children, teens and adults, serving as a diagnostician, treatment provider and patient advocate. My treatment methods have grown to include orofacial myology, focused on oral and facial muscles that disrupt breathing, swallowing, dental development, orthodontic progress, speech and other facets of overall heath and wellness. With clients often referred from orthodontists, dentists and ENT’s, I work collaboratively with medical and dental professionals to treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD’s), delivering customized programs and highly effective treatments to address individual symptoms.
What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD)?
Orofacial myology refers to the study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to airway, speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing and overall mental and physical health. Mouth breathing, pacifier use, thumb sucking habit, reverse swallow, tongue thrust, lisp, articulation disorders and orthodontia regression can all benefit from orofacial myology treatment. When a collaborative approach is taken between patient, orofacial myologist, otolaryngologist, dentist and orthodontist, breathing can improve, illnesses can decrease, noxious habits can be eliminated and speech can improve. Learn more here: www.iaom.com/faq/
Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD’s) present in a variety of ways, with different root causes and symptoms. As a result, I’m introduced to new patients through various channels. Some are referred by dentists, orthodontists or ENT’s; others reach out independently for help with speech delays or other concerns. When left untreated, OMD’s can result in one or more of the following symptoms:
- Open mouth breathing
- Head, neck, jaw or facial pain or tension
- Recurrent headaches
- Articulation and/or phonological delays/disorders
- Ankyloglossia (tongue-tie)
- Oral habits: Thumb sucking, finger sucking, bruxing or grinding of teeth, or tongue or cheek sucking
- Dental occlusion changes and/or orthodontia regression
- Resting with lips apart
- Tongue thrust
- A forward resting posture of the tongue between or against the teeth
- Poorly controlled swallow and difficulty swallowing pills
I provide high quality, personalized treatment to children, teens and adults. I pride myself on my diagnostic skills, referral base (should we need other professionals to be part of our team), and latest assessment tools and therapeutic resources. Treatment goals may include:
- Shift to nasal breathing and normalized respiration
- Correct resting postures of the tongue, lips and jaw
- Neuromuscular re-education to eliminate impairment of muscle tongue function
- Eliminate adverse oral habits or behaviors
- Correct abnormal and deviated swallowing patterns
- Correct muscle patterns of the tongue, lips and jaw during speech production
Treatment programs are individualized and focus on tongue and facial resting postures, swallowing and speech articulation. Children, teens and adults can benefit from orofacial myofunctional therapy. Therapy sessions are just a part of a successful program. Clients will be expected to complete daily exercises in order for muscle strength, patterns and range of motion to make desired changes with children benefitting from family support to practice prescribed exercises.
Orofacial Myology Services: Orofacial myology refers to the study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to airway, speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing and overall mental and physical health. Pacifier use, thumb sucking habit, reverse swallow, tongue thrust, lisp, articulation disorders and orthodontia regression can all benefit from orofacial myology services. When a collaborative approach is taken between patient, orofacial myologist, otolaryngologist, dentist and orthodontist breathing can improve, illnesses can decrease, noxious habits can be eliminated and speech can improve. Learn more here: www.iaom.com/faq/
Speech-Language Pathology Services: Effective speech, language and cognitive-linguistic functioning is crucial to understand the world and express yourself to others. Whether developmental in nature or acquired, delays and disorders deserve evaluation and treatment. Most speech-language pathologists have specialties. If you need help that isn’t my specialty, I will do my best to make a referral to another professional.
Preschool and School Screening Services: Preschool and school-aged child screenings for speech, language and orofacial myology delays and disorders are essential for helping to identify struggling students. Often, these these young students are incorrectly labeled as “inattentive”, “behavioral problems” or “bad listeners” unless screenings and subsequent evaluations have been completed. Early intervention is only possible with early identification. I make the screening process simple for school directors/heads/principals and their schools with voluntary participation by families for a nominal fee, online registration and quick results. References for this service available upon request.
I Look Forward to Meeting You!
As a practicing speech-language pathologist for 24 years, I have had the honor of working at some of the southeast’s most prestigious medical facilities including The Medical College of Georgia, Emory University Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Northside Hospital. In every setting, I have worked with communication and swallowing disorders. Watching my own children develop, in the face of learning challenges, has given me a unique appreciation for the importance of a multidisciplinary therapy approach and the role of each professional team member throughout the treatment journey. I take pride in having a keen sense as a diagnostician and consider patient advocacy my duty. My practice has expanded to treat orofacial myofunctional disorders and I am focused on educating others about its importance. I am associated with the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) which is the premier organization for orofacial myology.
The first step is for us to talk by phone to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and answer any questions you have. If I can provide you with the services you need, we can schedule an appointment for an evaluation and I will send you the appropriate forms.
Janey Hoag, M.S., CCC-SLP IAOM Certification Track
1838 Independence Square, Suite D. Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
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