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Articulation and voice

Orofacial myofunctional therapy is not just about learning the resting position of the tongue, nasal breathing, chewing, swallowing and lip closure. These goals also have an influence on precise articulation and vocal function. To train these areas specifically, you will find special tools in this category.

Articulation & Voice

Orofacial dysfunctions often also affect articulation and voice, which is why we also offer tools to work on articulation and vocal function. 

Do you or your child have slurred articulation? 

We always recommend working with a speech therapist so that nothing is overlooked and articulation and voice therapy can be as effective as possible. It is often difficult for laypeople to distinguish whether a child is suffering from a speech disorder or an articulation disorder. Therefore, a speech therapy diagnosis and therapy is recommended. 

What is dyslalia? 

Dyslalia is an articulation disorder. This means that the sounds are formed incorrectly. A lisp is often cited as a classic example. A lisp is, where the tongue is moved between or against the teeth and the sound of S is pronounced intelligibly, but with an incorrect/unphysiological movement pattern. One of the most important points to consider when treating interdental sigmatism is to have the general function of the tongue and orofacial muscles assessed by a speech therapist. If the tongue also presses against the teeth at rest and/or during swallowing or is even pushed between the teeth, the correct tongue position and the physiological swallowing pattern should be learnt first and the expressive dyslalia (= articulation disorder) should be treated as part of this or subsequently. 

When does lisping need to be treated? 

Many specialists advise waiting until the teeth have changed, which should be decided on a case-by-case basis in order to minimise unwanted tooth movements. The tongue can also move the teeth and cause misaligned teeth. 

What are the possible causes of a voice disorder? 

Voice disorders have a variety of causes. The causes are just as complex as those of an orofacial myofunctional disorder. It can also occur as a concomitant disorder of a myofunctional disorder if the lingual ligament is too short or, for example, because the mucous membranes dry out due to mouth breathing.