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Tongue Tie

Tongue tie is very rarely the cause of speech errors unless it is severe and causing difficulties in infant feeding, therefore early Frenotomy is not necessary for infant who are not experiencing feeding difficulties.  In practice, many individuals compensate within their speech pattern for having a tongue tie.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists recommends that a full speech assessment should be recommended prior to recommending surgery in these cases. However, in babies the infant’s feeding and oral motor abilities would be considered.

“Most experienced speech-language pathologist would conclude that frenulectomy is rarely indicated for speech reasons unless it is very severe or there are concomitant oral-motor problems.”

Ann W Kummer Ankyloglossia: To clip or not to clip? That’s the question. ASHA Leader in 2005 (American Speech and Hearing Association publication)