An oral motor disorder is the inability to use the lips, tongue, jaw and cheeks for functional speech or feeding. Problems with chewing, sucking, blowing or making certain speech sounds may occur.

Oral motor disorders can be acquired (secondary to stroke and other neurological conditions) or due to unknown origin.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Motor Disorder May Include

  • Low muscle tone in the face
  • Open mouth posture
  • Drooling
  • Oral hyper- or hypo- sensitivity
  • Unclear speech sounds
  • Feeding difficulties

Oral Motor Disoders Treatment

Early intervention and intensive therapy can make a significant difference for both speech and feeding issues. PROMPT Therapy and Sara Rosenfeld Johnson’s Talk Tools are two effective programs used at Bodylink Speech Therapy for treatment of oral motor disorders.