FINGER OR THUMB SUCKING ELIMINATION PROGRAM
Sucking is a normal part of early oral development, you may have even seen ultrasound pictures of your child sucking in the womb. As babies grow into toddlers, optimal oral experiences should enable that sucking habit to lapse. By the age of 5, when the permanent dentition starts to come in, that little digit or digits need to be out the mouth. At The Thumbsucking Institute, we provide a thorough assessment and review of your child’s habit and how it is impacting their growth and development. With this knowledge, we are able to customize a positive and motivating program to help your child STOP their oral sucking habit for good! Our non-nutritive sucking elimination program can be used with children 5 years and over. We also have a mini program we created for those 4 year olds that help kids too. We also can assess and discuss any other oral habits your child might be having a difficulty time releasing such as nail biting, lip licking or a tongue thrust habit.
PACIFIER CESSATION PROGRAM
Pacifiers, also known as a binky or dummy, are useful to help your little one self soothe in infancy. Remember, sucking is developmentally normal in babies, but as babies grow, they grow out of it and learn the skills to chew. But when this habit persists and it is getting in the way of normal function, development of the mouth & jaw, and speech it’s time to eliminate the pacifier. We encourage parents to wean off the pacifier around six months of age. If you have concerns that the pacifier is hindering sound, teeth or jaw development we can help. Our team at the Thumbsucking Institute can provide expert advice to help wean your little one off the pacifier. If that doesn’t work, we have a formalized program that we team up together with the family to ensure a positive elimination.
OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY PROGRAMS
Our face and mouth therapy programs are tailored to meet the needs of the client. Whether we are focusing on an open mouth or low tongue posture, swallowing, noxious oral habits, or even speech sound placement errors we make it fun and engaging. We believe in team collaboration with all other specialists involved is the only way to go to ensure the most optimal results. We also provide pre and post frenectomy assessment and exercises. We work with ALL AGES. Don’t let our “thumbsucking” name fool you, we help plenty of individuals who are old enough to drive and vote!