Suburban Myofunctional Therapy Clinic

Christine Stevens Mills BS, SLP, COM

IAOM Certified Orofacial Myologist

Speach Language Pathologist


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After thirty-nine years as an Orofacial Myologist,   I have heard it all!

Children truly are unique for they have a special way of seeing and saying the funniest things when I ask the $64,000 question, "Why do you suck your thumb?”


“I suck my thumb because it keeps me busy.”


“I am always so thirsty, so I suck my thumb instead of getting a drink of water.”


“I suck my thumb because it tastes so good.”


“I suck my thumb because everything is boring:  It helps with boredom.”  (This is a teenager talking)


Another question I like to ask, "What does it taste like?"

“It tastes like chocolate.”

“Both thumbs taste like chocolate?” “No, just the right one.”

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International Association of Orofacial Myology


The IAOM certified orofacial myologist is specifically trained to diagnose and treat orofacial myofunctional disorders. These abnormal tongue patterns can contribute to changes in natural growth and development which may lead to a malocclusion and complicate speech problems. The orofacial myologist is also trained to eliminate thumb-finger (digit) sucking habits which can contribute to multiple problems.