Monmouth County's Most Experienced Professionals
At Alliance Speech, Feeding & Swallowing Center in Howell, NJ, we specialize in orofacial myofunctional, speech, language, voice and feeding and swallowing issues. We bring with us many years of expertise and a passion for our work with the best, most comprehensive set of treatments available.
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From Children to Adults...
We specialize in orofacial myofunctional disorders, as well as in oral motor feeding disorders, speech, language and voice disorders. Orofacial myofunctional disorders are quite common and include tongue thrusts, tongue ties, prolonged thumb sucking habit elimination, disordered breathing, and compensatory swallowing issues in patients. Patients need to be 4 or 5 years of age to be mature enough to be able to participate in this type of treatment.
We also see younger patients often with tongue ties who have associated breathing, feeding and oral phase of swallowing difficulties who are infants and toddlers, as well as preschoolers also affecting their emerging speech, language and voice. For this age group, these problems are addressed through passive stretches, feeding treatment and by oral motor activities using straws, horns and bubbles or other fun activities, and are preventative treatment to minimize the development of maladaptive behaviors later that might otherwise become a myofunctional disorder.
For each evaluation, depending on the age and presenting concerns, oral structures and the functions of breathing, feeding and swallowing, speech production, language and voice are assessed. Speech language pathologists and in particular, those who are also certified orofacial myofunctional therapists are trained to look at these components separately as well as how they impact each other in an individual.