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DEBORA B. ROCHA MUÑOZ MA, COM

CERTIFIED OROFACIAL MYOLOGIST
​MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY/THUMBSUCKING PROGRAM

 

Welcome to my website. I am a Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist active with the International Association of Orofacial Myologist (IAOM). I served various positions on the IAOM Board of Directors, including President from 2007-2009. For 20 years, I have worked in the area of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) throughout San Diego, including Coronado, El Cajon and Bonita. I also do home visits in the San Diego region.

To receive certification as an Orofacial Myologist, a member of the IAOM must have had extensive coursework in the area of OMD (the oral phase of swallowing), taken a comprehensive exam for certification and have had an onsite evaluation to determine competency as a therapist in the area of OMD.

I am now a retired Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist (LSH) Speech Therapist having worked in public schools for over 35 years. Along with my experience as a school site speech therapist, my consulting work in the area of articulation (an articulation program I developed called "Let's Articulate") and my Orofacial Myofunctional practice have all contributed to the success I see daily with my students in the public schools, my patients in private practice, as well as the success other speech therapist have seen in their practicum with the students we have consulted on.


My areas of expertise are:

  •  the cessation of thumb or finger sucking

  • development of correct swallow patterns

  • development of correct rest posture of the tongue

  • development of a comprehensive and individual program for each issue

  • therapy for all articulation (speech) errors including the most common errors related to tongue thrust--the frontal and lateral lisp and /r/ sound

  • knowledge and use of motor specific exercises that insure habituation of the rest posture and swallow pattern of the tongue 

  • consultation with school site speech therapist in regards to motor specific and articulation issues

  • accent reduction

  • experience working with all ages

  • experience working with a multitude of specific learning disabilities