Exaggerated Jaw Movements Oral Motor Problems

You might be following along with our series related to oral motor problems that relate to feeding. In it, we are covering all of the specifics about oral motor problems that translate to difficulty with eating and drinking. So far, we’ve covered jaw thrust but have more oral motor problems that will be covered in the coming days. Today, exaggerated jaw movements are addressed, along with the cause of these movements and how they relate to feeding issues.


Exaggerated jaw movements are an oral motor problem that interfere with feeding including eating and drinking. Here are reasons why this oral motor issue happen and how it relates to feeding in kids.


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Exaggerated Jaw Movements Oral Motor Problems





Exaggerated jaw movements are different from jaw thrust in that the movements are not forceful.  When exaggerated jaw closure occurs, it can be a compensation strategy for jaw instability or 

There are several reasons for these exaggerated jaw movements:

Fluctuations in muscle tone
Impaired oral control
Decreased muscle tone
Exaggerated excursions can be an overflow or organizing movement
Increased oral tone
Oral hypersensitivity to the teeth touching teeth, utensils, tongue, food, straw, or a drinking cup
Poor sustained jaw closing
Jaw instability
Poor graded movement patterns


Feeding issues related to exaggerated jaw movements:

Exaggerated jaw movements interfere with stability needed for drinking from a straw, cup, or bottle, removing food from a spoon, biting, or chewing. 


 Stability in the jaw is necessary for efficient swallowing and controlled eating. 


 When the jaw’s movement patterns are exaggerated, an individual spills food and is at risk for aspiration due to difficulty with swallowing.


Graded movements on a cup or utensil are difficult, resulting in food spillage or drooling. 


Oral Motor Exercises for the Jaw

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If you are looking for exercises related to common oral motor problems, this FREE printable pack of oral motor exercises goes along perfectly with the series I have planned for you.  Get your free printable packet of 20 different feeding therapy ideas AND 20 oral motor exercises.  These are treatment ideas for oral motor problems that professionals can utilize over and over again.  

 
 
Exaggerated jaw movements are an oral motor problem that interfere with feeding including eating and drinking. Here are reasons why this oral motor issue happen and how it relates to feeding in kids.

Jaw Thrust Oral Motor Problems

You might have seen the last post put up here on the site where I shared a list of common oral motor problems.  These issues are the underlying areas that cause kids to have trouble with eating and look like food falling from a child’s mouth, trouble moving food within the mouth, difficulty sucking on a straw or many other common feeding issues.  Below you’ll find more information on jaw thrust and how this oral motor problem relates to difficulty in eating and drinking in kids. 



Jaw thrust is a common oral motor problem that interferes with feeding. Here are the underlying causes and how jaw thrust impacts feeding in kids.

 

Jaw Thrust Oral Motor Problem

 
Jaw thrust is an abnormal movement pattern of the jaw and occurs when the jaw and mouth opens or moves
suddenly and with force.  Typically, the jaw is able to move up and down, shift, move laterally, rotate, and hold patterns in various graded positions and strengths.  



These movements enable sucking, biting, chewing, and develops to more defined movement patterns.  As a result, we are able to bite with graded motions, hold jaw positioning, move food within the mouth, manage various food textures, and control the tongue, lips, and cheeks.  When jaw thrust is present, the jaw is held in a downward and outward position.  


Read more about development of oral motor skills
 
A strong
jaw thrust can occur for several reasons:
  • ·
    Increased patterns of muscle tone
  • ·
    Poor sitting posture
  • ·
    Neck hyperextension
  • ·
    Impaired breathing patterns leading to
    compensatory positioning resulting in jaw thrust
  • ·
    Over-stimulating sensory environment
  • ·        Hyper-reaction to input from teeth contacting
    each other during biting and chewing
 
Feeding issues related to jaw thrust:

Jaw thrust impacts components of eating,
including sucking, biting, swallowing, and chewing food.  



Jaw thrust impacts the movement and use of the tongue, cheeks, and lips as a result of jaw thrust. 


When a child eats, jaw thrust interferes with
the rhythm of eating and drinking. 



Children may present with a strong jaw thrust during meals and the
person who is feeding the child views the jaw thrust as food refusal or being
through with eating. 



Jaw thrust may result in drooling, food droppage or spilling, spilling or leaking of fluids. 

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If you are looking for exercises related to common oral motor problems, this FREE printable pack of oral motor exercises goes along perfectly with the series I have planned for you.  Get your free printable packet of 20 different feeding therapy ideas AND 20 oral motor exercises.  These are treatment ideas for oral motor problems that professionals can utilize over and over again.  

 

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