What is Myofunctional Therapy?
Orofacial myofunctional therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach that is based on supporting the underlying skills needed for breathing, speaking, swallowing, and sleeping.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy is provided by me, Jessie Blois, a speech therapist and qualified orofacial myologist with over 15 years of experience treating individuals of all ages. I have advanced training and courses in orofacial myology, PROMPT, Talk Tools, TOTS, the SOS Approach to Feeding, and other evidence-based therapy programs to help my clients thrive.
At Jessie Blois Speech & Myofunctional Therapy, I take a collaborative approach to therapy by treating alongside caregivers, doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals to achieve the best health outcomes!
Signs and Symptoms of a Myofunctional Disorder
Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) can affect people of all ages. Some common signs and symptoms include:
Mouth breathing and open bite
Tongue thrusts and lisps
Persistent speech sound disorders
Improper swallowing patterns
Snoring and sleep issues
Jaw, neck, or facial tension
Tongue and lip ties
How Myofunctional Therapy Can Help
Breathing is the hallmark of health and acts as a foundation for better sleep, focus, energy, health, speech, and quality of life. Myofunctional therapy establishes new and improved oral muscle patterns to help you or your child:
Improve nasal breathing and tongue posture
Remediate stubborn speech sound disorders
Alleviate jaw pain, neck tension, and facial tightness
Reduce thumb sucking, fingernail biting, pacifier use, and other oral habits
Experience more restful and restorative sleep
Support orthodontic development or corrective treatment
We will begin with an evaluation to identify the root cause of your problems or concerns. This process guides the approach to treatment, ensuring that I am addressing all underlying challenges. The evaluation also reveals whether other professionals (dentists, orthodontists, ENTs) need to be added to the treatment team.
I take a collaborative approach to treating myofunctional disorders. My goal is to work alongside clients, caregivers, and other professionals to support optimal speech, breathing, sleep, and swallowing patterns. All weekly sessions are supplemented with home practice activities to promote daily progress toward goals.
Therapy sessions are upbeat, positive, and motivating. When needed, games and sensory activities are incorporated to promote engagement and learning. Family members are always welcome to join in on sessions to observe and learn helpful strategies to support successful home practice.
Jessie is very knowledgeable in Speech Pathology, yet talks to me mom-to-mom, which I so appreciate.
"We are so glad we found Jessie! After trying several other Speech Therapists, we were feeling frustrated and a bit lost. Our son is 4, & I wanted him to be able to receive the help and tools he needs while still having fun in the process. Jessie has an awesome ability to make Speech Therapy enjoyable for him. He looks forward to going every week, and we have seen him make amazing progress. Jessie is very knowledgeable in Speech Pathology, yet talks to me mom-to-mom, which I so appreciate. We would definitely recommend Jessie!"