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A specific protocol of myo-functional therapy in children with Down syndrome. A pilot study
Pubblication date: 07/2018
Authors: S. Saccomanno*, C. Martini**, L. D’Alatri***, S. Farina****, C. Grippaudo*
Institution: Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Rome
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
* Dental Institute, Head and Neck Department, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
** Dental Institute, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
*** ENT, Head and Neck Department - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
**** ENT, Head and Neck Department
Publication: European Journal of Paediatic Dentistry
Publisher: Ariesdue Srl
Keywords: Atypical swallowing, Down Syndrome, Mouth breathing, Myofunctional therapy.
Title: A specific protocol of myo-functional therapy in children with Down syndrome. A pilot study
Abstract: In this article the authors propose a specific myofunctional therapy protocol for children with Down syndrome. For these patients, who usually present with atypical swallowing problems, mouth breathing and lip incompetence, the use of a myofunctional therapy protocol with specific exercises has been shown to improve orofacial and nasal functions. In addition to the functional results, such as the correction of the atypical swallowing, restoration of lip competence, breathing improvement and reduction of nasal rhinorrhea, there were also aesthetic results. This protocol can be useful to improve the quality of life of these patients.