Orofacial Myology

Oral Motor Therapy to Improve Articulation, Feeding and Optimal Oral Development.

The mouth has three main functions: eating, speaking and sending calming messages to the brain during rest. A Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM) specializes in the use of muscle-specific exercise to improve coordination and function of the face and mouth necessary for optimal breathing, feeding and articulation skills. What makes this therapy so successful is that it can be tailored to a client’s developmental group; therefore we are able to treat people across the lifespan.

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Our COM and IAOM-trained orofacial myofunctional therapists work in collaboration with allergists, ENTs, physicians, dentists, oral surgeons and orthodontists.

Common signs of an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder are:

  • Orthodontic and dental problems
  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck/back/jaw pain
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Digestive issues
  • Oral breathing and/or sleep-disordered breathing
  • Selective food repertoire
  • Unproductive swallow and/or difficulty swallowing pills
  • Articulation disorder, specifically r, sh, ch, s, z
  • Oral habits – thumb sucking, teeth grinding, jaw clenching

"The Pediatric Development Center is a wonderful resource for families who need help working through oral function issues. I am in private practice as an RN and IBCLC and work with babies who are struggling with oral function and recovering from tongue and lip tie release. PDC has been a light at the end of the tunnel for so many of my families and for me. The staff are empathetic and kind and equip families with exercises and tips to help them help their babies at home. We have had the pleasure of working with some really challenging babies and I know their success is in part due to the work done by PDC."

-Health Care Professional

Articulation disorders, thumbsucking and mouth breathing
can be addressed efficiently through orofacial myology.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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We are participating provider with BlueCross Blue Shield, Maryland Medicaid, and United Healthcare. We are non-par providers for Cigna, Aetna and Humana/Tricare, and Kaiser Permanente. PDC offers assistance to our clients with non-par insurance companies access their medical benefits.


15850 Crabbs Branch Way #150
Rockville, MD 20855
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12520 Prosperity Drive, Suite 210
Silver Spring, MD 20904
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