Tongue Thrusting

Tongue (abnormal swallow) thrusting is the abnormal habit of placing the tongue between the teeth before and during the act of swallowing.  During a normal swallow, the mid-tongue should be placed on the roof of the mouth, NOT BETWEEN the teeth. Placing the tonue between the teeth pushes the teeth apart and out.

What are some signs of having a tongue thrust problem?

The following conditions may indicate a tongue thrust disorder and should be investigated further with an evaluation completed by a speech-language pathologist:

  1. Tongue protruding between or against the upper or lower ‘front ‘teeth’ when producing the /s/, /z/, /t/, /d/, /n/, /l/, or the /sh/ sounds.
  2. Frequent open-mouth resting posture with the lips parted or the tongue resting against the upper or lower teeth.
  3. Lips that are often cracked, chapped and sore from frequent licking
  4. Frequent mouth breathing in the absence of allergies or nasal congestion


To correct tongue thrust, the speech language pathologist will evaluate the child’s swallowing pattern, facial tone of the lips and the child’s production of targeted speech sounds.

Treatment Program:

In effective type of therapy for tongue thrust  utilizing the re- teaching muscles used for swallowing by changing the swallow pattern. This method is taught and monitored by a certified speech-language pathologist trained in the diagnosis and treatment of tongue thrust.

Parent/Orthodontist testimonial:

“In a very short period of time, my daughter had success with the ability to have her tongue placed in her mouth, her swallow and her ability to say sounds correctly!  Highly recommend this program at Pediatric Therapy Partners!”

“When I need results quickly, I refer my patients to Pediatric Therapy Partners!”

Contact Pediatric Therapy Partners if you have any questions or would like more information about this program at 701-232-2340.