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12 Apr 2016

BY: trini

Orofacial Myology / Speech Therapy

Orofacial Myology FAQ’s

We get asked questions about Orofacial Myology every day. We know it’s not a household term, or even a well known speech therapy service. So what is it? Who needs it? When should it be used?

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23 Sep 2015

BY: trini

Language / Orofacial Myology / Speech Therapy

Could Difficult Behaviors be the Clue to a Surprising Discovery?

by Carolinda “Trini” Myers-Murphy

I just received an interesting article in our American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) journal.  It is something that we see all too often in our office here at Speech Solutions Hawaii, so I thought it was definitely worth the “share” and to start talking about it.

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19 May 2015

BY: trini

Language / Orofacial Myology / Speech Therapy

Allergies: What’s the big idea anyway?!?

by Carolinda “Trini” Myers-Murphy, MS CCC-SLP;COM

Cough cough sniff sniff….. oh what a relief it is.

Ok, ok, wrong jingle for wrong ailment, but it was catchy none-the-less.

So, if you’re a therapist, teacher, or mom, like me – has anybody noticed the rise in allergies these days? I don’t know if I’m aging myself here, but I remember when allergies consisted of those rare days my dad would turn on the lawn mower, and 30 minutes later come sniffling (stumbling) in the house swearing he would never be able to cut the lawn again -> EVER!!

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06 May 2015

BY: trini

Orofacial Myology

5 Most Important Parts of a Child’s Diet

by Yovana Miramontes-Risk

Something that has always interested me is our body’s nutrition and diet. I have learned some interesting facts; for example: a child’s nutrition is based off the same principles as the nutrition of an adult. Every one of us needs the same types of nutrition (i.e. vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and fat). The only difference is that children need a different amount of nutrients at different ages and depending on the size of their little bodies. With all the delicious local foods and amazing restaurants in Honolulu, it can be challenging to not only keep our own nutrition needs in mind, but also our kids’.

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27 Apr 2015

BY: trini

Orofacial Myology / Speech Therapy

The Oral Motor Cookbook, Part 3

By Carolinda “Trini” Myers-Murphy, MS CCC-SLP;COM 

If you haven’t been following our previous posts about cooking for low tone children, you might want to get caught up on Part 1 and Part 2. One of our goals in teaching about good feeding techniques and textures is to help parents work with their children on muscle development that can reduce the amount of time needed in speech therapy or orofacial myology. We want our kids to enjoy both eating and speech! We’ve already covered ideas based on texture and how to make healthy purees and baby foods at home, now let’s focus on solid food textures that have been modified for the picky eater.

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20 Apr 2015

BY: trini

Orofacial Myology / Speech Therapy

The Oral Motor Cookbook, Part 2

By Carolinda “Trini” Myers-Murphy, MS CCC-SLP;COM

What is a cookbook without recipes? In case you missed Part 1 of the Oral Motor Cookbook, I am sharing some food tips for parents with low tone children. Today’s recipes focus on puree textures, a.k.a., baby food, but they can also be helpful for older kids who struggle with solid foods or as a nutritious snack when older kids are feeling under the weather.

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09 Apr 2015

BY: trini

Inspiration / Orofacial Myology

The Oral Motor Cookbook, Part 1

by Carolinda “Trini” Myers-Murphy

I am often approached by parents with questions for feeding low tone children. A low tone child is a child diagnosed by a doctor with low muscle tone and typically needs to work with an occupational therapist. This condition also afects the strength of a child’s articulator and muscles for eating as well. We typically see struggles with having enough muscle strength to support the smaller muscles for eating and speaking.

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02 Jun 2014

BY: trini

Orofacial Myology / Speech Therapy

Airway Obstruction

By Carolinda “Trini” Myers-Murphy, MS CCC- SLP, COM

Does your child breathe with his/her mouth open?  Not everyone breathes properly.  Recent research indicates that the way your child breathes can have a great impact on his or her future health and physical appearance.  As an orofacial myologist, one of the first things we look for is how your child is breathing.

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