speech therapy for tongue thrust
Hi! I'm new to this forum, but saw your post and wanted to let you know I am a speech therapist familiar with tongue thrust in children (who's also looking to adopt a child
Tongue thrust therapy is usually for the purposes of decreasing a child's habit of sticking ("thrusting) her tongue through her teeth on sounds requiring airflow, such as "j", "sh", "s", "ch", "z", etc. It's usually most noticeable on "s" sounds and sounds like what people call a lisp (i.e. "Thun" for "sun" or "theven" for "seven")
It may occur in the presence of language deficits (like a poor vocabulary or a difficulty expressing thoughts or ideas) or it may occur completely in the absence of any difficulty with language at all. Some of the most severe tongue thrusters on my caseload have great language skills.
You always have the choice of refusing speech therapy services if you feel they are unnecessary or are interfering with school time. The usual reason for seeing "tongue thrusters" in therapy is to: 1. improve the speech pattern (make it more "normal) and 2. decrease the chances of problems with reading readiness skills, such as being able to identify a letter with its sound. For example the letter 's' has the sound "ssssss", not the sound "th".
I know it can be overwhelming to have a child in therapy and often school personnel are busy and parents can sometimes feel like they've been rushed into a decision about therapy. Let me know if you have any other questions.