Evaluations and treatment are offered for the following areas:

  • Oral motor/orofacial myology- (working with the muscles of the face/jaw for speech
    and swallowing)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Swallowing and feeding
  • Thumb/finger sucking
  • Sensory integration disorders
  • Articulation
  • Motor planning
  • Developmental speech delay
  • Hearing disorders
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ or TMD) as part of a team approach to treatment that involves the dentist, Kameron Ihry Hodem, Physical Therapist and Phyllis Magelky, Oral Myofunctional Therapist.


How are speech services at DOM different than other service providers in the area?

  1. At DOM we consider the movement of the lips and tongue associated with sound production. This is known as oral placement. The focus is on articulation therapy.
  2. While we may use horns, straws, or any other “tools” in therapy, these are techniques just like using a mirror. The ultimate goal is to improve the child’s speech, and we use any tool that is beneficial.
  3. We provide 45 minute sessions, as the individual child can tolerate.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

At Dakota Orofacial Myology (DOM), we offer functional and evidence-based therapy for children with diagnosed or suspected ASD. We have adapted different therapy aides (ex: books, picture schedules, communication systems) to fit each child’s individual needs. For example: together with the PECS system, we have adapted a color coding system that has proven successful. We also work closely with parents to implement strategies for optimal communication in all environments.

In April, 2012, Emilee and Phyllis attended a three day training sessions for the SCERTS model, presented by Dr. Barry Prizant, Ph.D, SLP and one of the developers of the model in Minneapolis.  This model can provide support for children involved in a variety of programs that are utilized with children with Spectrum Disorders.  We have begun to implement the principals from the SCERTS model for children during therapy and in the home environment.  Visit our site frequently as we are working on other projects that have evolved from this workshop.

For questions or more information regarding our autism programs, contact us.


“Appliances should never be used to eliminate a sucking habit. Appliances are punitive, not needed, and tend to open the dental freeway space, which is not desirable”

-Dr.Robert M. Mason, CCC-SLP, PhD

Services provided for thumbsucking:

  1. Behavior modification for eliminating thumb sucking/finger sucking
  2. Reward system
  3. Control-it! (Natural product that stops nail biting/thumb sucking)
  4. Individualized Home program

Success: Typically, children stopped sucking their thumb the first day the program is implements, as long as the family consistently follows the program guidelines.