Speech Language Pathology Services, Tustin, CA

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Frequently Asked Questions Disorders / Tongue Thrust

Disorders / Tongue Thrust

Question What is aural habilitation?

Answer Aural habilitation is the process of developing spoken communication skills in hearing-impaired individuals. Emphasis is placed on the use of residual audition for auditory, speech and language development. Children are taught to listen and learn language through listening.

Question What is Signed Exact English?

Answer Signing Exact English is a sign language system that represents literal English, to make visible everything that is not heard, SEE supplements what a child can get from hearing and speechreading. Since American Sign Language or ASL has different vocabulary, idioms and syntax from English, SEE modified and supplemented the vocabulary of ASL so children can see clearly what is said in English.

Question What is tongue thrust?

Answer Tongue thrust is the process of thrusting the tongue forward and/or sideways against the teeth or in between the teeth while swallowing. The constant pressure of the tongue at rest against or between the teeth, along with the pushing of the tongue during swallowing, can force the teeth out of alignment. Articulation of certain sounds may also be affected by the postural position of the tongue. Generally, when there is a strong tongue thrust in addition to a speech problem, it is difficult to correct the speech unless the tongue thrust is also corrected.

Question What are the consequences of tongue thrust?


QuestionWhat is oral-myofunctional therapy?

Answer Myofunctional therapy is a specialized remedial program specifically designed for the correction of a tongue thrust/posture problem. Exercise techniques are used to educate and synchronize the muscles associated with swallowing and the postural position of the tongue, lips, and face.

Question What is a receptive language disorder?

Answer Receptive language includes the skills involved in understanding language. Receptive language disorders are difficulties in the ability to attend to, process, comprehend, and/or retain spoken language.

Question Is my child showing signs of a receptive language disorder?

Answer Some early signs and symptoms of a receptive language disorder include:

Question What is an expressive language disorder?

Answer Expressive language includes the skills involved in communicating one's thoughts and feelings to others. An expressive language disorder concerns difficultly with verbal expression.

Question Is my child showing signs of an expressive language disorder?

Answer Some signs and symptoms of an expressive language disorder include:

QuestionWhat is an articulation disorder?

Answer Articulation is the production of speech sounds. An articulation disorder is when a child does not make speech sounds correctly due to incorrect placement or movement of the lips, tongue, velum, and/or pharynx. It is important to recognize that there are differences in the age at which children produce specific speech sounds in all words and phrases. Mastering specific speech sounds may take place over several years.

QuestionWhat is a phonological disorder?

Answer Phonology refers to the speech sound system of language. A phonological disorder is when a child is not using speech sound patterns appropriately. A child whose sound structures are different from the speech typical for their stage of development, or who produce unusual simplifications of sound combinations may be demonstrating a phonological disorder.

Question What are some signs of an articulation/phonological disorder in my child?

Answer Signs of a possible articulation/phonological disorder in a preschool child may include:

Signs of an articulation/phonological disorder in a school age child may include: