Please stop by my store at Teachers Pay Teachers. I’ve published some useful materials for working with students who tongue thrust.
What is tongue thrust and why is it important to correct? A heavy force such as chewing only occupies a small amount of time each day. Contrast that with swallowing at every meal, as well as the regular swallowing of saliva. Swallowing happens hundreds of times each day and night.
For some, the tongue is not positioned correctly for the hundreds of times each day and night that swallowing occurs. Instead of lifting up against the roof of the mouth as it should, the tongue stays low and “thrusts” forward, and often through the teeth. Others rest their tongue in a more forward position than expected. This constant force is tongue thrust, and creates a space between the teeth that impacts the normal development of the teeth, tongue, lips, jaw and face. It often impacts clear and understandable speech. All babies use tongue thrust as a safety mechanism when eating. But children are expected to grow out of this by age 5 – 7.
Use the search above to look for tongue thrust, also called myofunctional disorders.