Episode 13Speech Development & Sleep

Whether you’re a new or veteran parent, your newborn’s health and development is always the number one focus. In this &SLEEP episode, Samantha Weaver, a speech pathologist and myofunctional therapist, explains the importance of the growth and development of the oral cavity in the early stage of life and how an untreated mastication of the intraoral soft tissue muscles can impact cognitive development as your child grows – potentially affecting speech development and leading to sleep disorders later in life. Weaver shares some of the early signs that parents should look for to prevent these developmental issues in their babies.

Samantha Weaver

Samantha is the director of the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT), whose curriculum leads the area of myofunctional therapy, helping facilitate the latest evidence based research touching on breathing remediation, sleep disorders, TMJ disorders, posture, fascia-release, and frenulum inspection and surgery. She is a founding Board Members of the AAMS, the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences. As a speech pathologist and myofunctional therapist, she is passionate about helping people who suffer from orofacial myofunctional disorders and loves educating on the subject so people can learn this critical approach to treatment.

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