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The risks and complications of prolonged thumb sucking
Thumb sucking is a common and natural phenomenon that occurs from birth until early infancy. However, this habit is typically eliminated by 6-7 months of age, as the sucking reflex subsides. If this habit is not eliminated, and your child …
The harmful impact of an abnormal anterior motion of the tongue. 
An abnormal anterior motion of the tongue can cause difficulties with chewing, swallowing, and articulating certain sounds accurately. It can also cause malocclusions, which can lead to the need for orthodontic intervention. However, orthodontic intervention alone does not correct the …
The Effects of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is a condition that involves the involuntary habit of grinding teeth or clenching the jaw. This condition affects a wide range of individuals and can happen during the day or at night. Night-time teeth grinding or clenching is …
The Power of Lingual Strength
Did you know that lingual strength is required for proper chewing and swallowing? Lingual muscles help move food within our mouths when we lateralize food from one side of the oral cavity to the other during mastication. Being able to …
Mouth Breathing vs. Nasal breathing
What is the difference between nasal breathing and mouth breathing? Nasal breathing is proper breathing as it helps filter out allergens and dust in the environment and boosts your overall oxygen intake. Mouth breathing can contribute to reduced oral health …
Spot Pal Original vs Speech Pal and The Effect on Speech
Spot Pal was designed to train the tongue into a proper resting position and to combat problems such as mouth breathing, snoring, poor sleep, and sucking habits! It does this through the use of the Spot Dot which provides a …
How Spot Pal Modifies Myofunctional Therapy
If you or someone you know currently receives myofunctional therapy, Spot Pal can be a great tool to help you achieve goals and move through the stages quickly. Myofunctional therapy is a type of therapy that aims to improve the …
Prolonged bottle use 
The recommended age for the extinction of bottle use is 12 months of age, but a lot of times it can be a difficult transition. Although the bottle becomes a routine and comfort for the child, it can have harmful …
Spot Pal and Appearance 
Did you know that the resting posture of the tongue and mouth can affect appearance? Improper resting posture can lead to differences within the mouth and even the way your face develops. When the tongue is resting too low within …
What Are The Benefits of Tongue Pokes?
Spot Pal is a custom-fit tongue training device intended to teach proper tongue resting posture and eliminate tongue thrusting and sucking habits. The Spot Pal device has a part called tongue pokes. These tongue pokes help remind the tongue to …
The Benefits of Nasal Breathing
Nasal breathing is the most optimal way of breathing. Did you know your nose is a filter? It filters out dust, bacteria, viruses, and other airborne particles from inhaled air. Sensors in your nose can also release antimicrobial chemicals, such …
The improvements of speech, feeding, and sleep after a lingual frenectomy
Recent studies have suggested that restricted tongue movement can contribute to speech, feeding, and sleep difficulties. A restricted tongue prevents the tongue from resting on the palate. The lack of proper placement of the tongue, especially during sleep, causes the …
How The Spot Pal Can Help Eliminate Thumb Sucking
Did you know thumb sucking can affect your oral cavity and affect how your tongue rests in your mouth if it is done past the expected age? Prolonged thumb sucking can contribute to a high and narrow palate, or roof …
How can myofunctional therapy and Spot Pal help with TMD
TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that often causes pain in the jaw and face. Over time these disorders can strain the muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the jaw. Symptoms of TMD include jaw pain, clicking …
How can Spot Pal improve chewing and swallowing skills?
A major part of proper chewing and swallowing skills is the strength and range of motion of the tongue. This is because the chewing mechanism involves several steps the tongue carries out. The tongue manipulates the food within the oral …
Spot Pal and Restless Sleeping 
Did you know that mouth posture can affect the quality of your sleep? Many individuals experience restless sleeping which is characterized by symptoms such as: snoring, tossing and turning, teeth grinding and prolonged bed wetting in children. Additionally, symptoms like …
How does Spot Pal support speech intelligibility?
Did you know that the tongue is one of the most important articulators in your mouth? In fact, the range of motion, strength and placement of the tongue heavily impact an individual's speech intelligibility and ability to produce specific sounds. …
How does Spot Pal improve athletic performance and fitness? 
When considering using a tongue training appliance, one’s mind may not typically associate improvement in athletic performance as a benefit. However, the tongue resting posture plays a very important role in reaching one’s athletic potential. This is because tongue resting …
What Can I Do About My Child’s Articulation Errors If They Have a Tongue Tie? 
If you are noticing your child’s speech sounds are distorted where it seems that their tongue is just not in the appropriate place to make the correct speech sounds, then your child may benefit from a Spot Pal appliance. Research …
How Do My Child’s Lingual  Muscles Affect Their Chewing and Swallowing?
Believe it or not we all use our lingual muscles to assist us with moving the food in our mouths. For example, we use our lingual muscles to “lateralize” or move the food from one side of our oral cavity …

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AP News Press Release: Introducing SPOT PAL™: A Breakthrough Tongue Training Appliance Transforming Oral Habits

Janine Stiene, Speech-Language Pathologist & Founder of Spot Pal on The Frankie Boyer Show
The Donna Drake Show Welcomes Spot Pal with Janine Stiene and Toni-Ann Antoniato
Janine Stiene, Founder of Spot Pal Talking About Myofunctional Therapy
Better Sleep | Janine Stiene | Daily Flash
NYC Mayor To Require NYC Public Schools Offer Students 2-5 Minutes of ‘Mindful Breathing’

Read the Studies

Effects of tongue position on mandibular muscle activity and heart rate function
Effectiveness of orofacial myofunctional therapy in orthodontic patients: A systematic review
Myofunctional Therapy A Novel Treatment of Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing
Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Critical role of myofascial reeducation in pediatric sleep-disordered breathing
Lingual Frenuloplasty With Myofunctional Therapy: Exploring Safety and Efficacy in 348 Cases
Myofunctional Therapy to Treat OSA