Speech & Language Therapy
Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment
We assess and treat speech, language and orofacial
myofunctional disorders in children, adolescents and adults.
Therapies We Offer
We offer a wide range of speech therapy services including speech, language, feeding, as well as oral-motor and orofacial myofunctional treatment.
If you’ve been told your child needs speech therapy, that could mean so many different things! We treat and assess various communication disorders including articulation errors, language delays, feeding difficulties, and impacted social skills.
Oral Motor and Orofacial
Feeding and eating isn’t always easy for kids. A pediatric feeding disorder can be difficult for the entire family. We are here to minimize its effects and make eating a fun part of your day again with specialized therapy that slowly introduces new foods or eating/swallowing patterns.
Why Choose Us
Benefits of Our Therapy
We create a personalized treatment plan for each client. No two clients are alike, and neither is their treatment. Speech therapy should be as unique as you are.
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Gillian Gladstone Teran
MA, CCC-SLP, COM®
Owner & Director
GET TO KNOW ME
Gillian earned her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland and Bachelor’s degree from Miami University. She is certified with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and practices in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.
Gillian Gladstone Teran is a Speech-Language Pathologist and an IAOM Board Certified Orofacial Myologist™. She has over 10 years of experience in private practice. Gillian has also worked in and collaborated with numerous public and nonpublic schools and daycares across the DC Metropolitan area. Gillian founded her own private practice in 2017, specializing in speech, feeding, swallowing, and orofacial myofunctional disorders. Clients of all ages have improved with her care.
Gillian earned her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland and her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University. She is certified with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. Gillian is an active member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM™).
Oral Motor and Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment
Oral motor impairment can affect feeding and speech development. When the muscles of the face are impacted, the mouth and face can’t function properly. These can be either from birth (congenital) or from some sort of trauma (acquired).
Our clinicians implement various approaches to achieve adequate muscle tone for facial coordination, such as for eating, drinking, and speaking. Any child under the age of 4 requires hands-on sensorimotor approaches to achieve their goals, along with family/caregiver education so that family members can help their child at home.
*Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, or OMDs, can affect adults, teenagers, and older kids. The muscles and bones of the face and mouth may not develop and mature normally as a result of OMDS. An OMD can make it difficult for a person to talk, swallow, or breathe via their nose. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is for anyone above age 4 to work on their tongue, lip, jaw, and/or cheek function.
Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs)– In our functional assessments, we determine if there is a structural cause that is impacting oral-motor function, including identification of tethered oral tissues (commonly referred to as “tongue tie” or “lip tie”).
We provide comprehensive treatment plans to improve your child’s challenges. Symptoms can vary but include: feeding challenges, reflux, difficulty latching/breastfeeding, speech sound errors, oral habits, orthodontic/dental difficulties, sleep-disordered breathing, temporomandibular disorders, and oral habits such as thumb sucking.
We collaborate with the right professionals to create a comprehensive treatment plan. Should your child need a tissue release, we work to provide effective pre and post-operative care.