Feeding and Swallowing Therapy
Targets the act of eating, which includes choosing to eat, bringing food to the mouth and manipulating the food in order to swallow it. This therapy addresses aversions to foods and textures.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Targets oral and/or facial muscles. Therapy involves increasing the person’s ability to “tell” their muscles where to go and what to do for ideal posture when at rest, and during swallowing. Tongue thrust, digit/thumb sucking and tongue-tie all fall under the orofacial myofunctional umbrella.
Targets the act of swallowing. Swallowing therapy could involve working on motor or sensory problems, which include sucking/suctioning, and chewing/swallowing. Swallowing problems can be in the oral (mouth), pharyngeal (throat) or esophageal (stomach pipe) phase.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES or VitalStim)
A dysphagia (swallowing disorders) treatment that uses a type of electrical stimulation that can stimulate the motor neuron of a muscle and facilitate a muscle contraction during a functional exercise to target swallowing muscles.