Speech-language therapists’ awareness of the use of orofacial myofunctional therapy as a treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea in Czechia


Obstructive sleep apnoea is an increasingly frequent lifestyle disease which affects both children and adults, affecting more than 10% of the adult population. The risk factors include unhealthy lifestyle, older age, structural and functional changes in the orofacial area as well as spinal cord injuries. Presently, there is no specific treatment of this disorder. One of the options for supportive treatment to alleviate the occurrence of apnoea during sleep is orofacial myofunctional therapy. The aim of the research presented in the article was to identify speech-language therapists’ awareness of the application of myofunctional therapy as a treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea and their awareness of the therapeutic methods in patients under supervision of a speech-language therapist. The aim of the paper is to emphasize the possibility of using myofunctional
therapy among patients with obstructive sleep apnoea.


obstructive sleep apnoea; myofunctional disorder; myofunctional therapy; speech-language therapy; interdisciplinary approach

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Published : 2022-06-30

VitáskováK., ČervinkováK., & Mironova TabachováJ. (2022). Speech-language therapists’ awareness of the use of orofacial myofunctional therapy as a treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea in Czechia. Logopedia Silesiana, 11(1), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.31261/LOGOPEDIASILESIANA.2022.11.01.06

Kateřina Vitásková  kvitaskova@gmail.com
Palacký University in Olomouc  Czechia

Professor at the Institute of Special Education Studies, Faculty of Education, Palacký University in Olomouc and Head of the Department of Speech Language Therapy (SLT) and Communication Ability Studies. She specializes in speech-language pathology (SLP) across age groups, voice disorders, learning disabilities, inclusion and multicultural approach, pragmatics of communication, ASD, intersectoral tertiary education in SLP, and international collaboration in SLT and special/inclusive pedagogy.

Karolína Červinková 
Palacký University in Olomouc  Czechia

Graduating student of the unique 5-year Master´s study program “Logopedie” at the Faculty of Education, Palacký University in Olomouc, specialized in communication, speech, language disorders and respiratory and swallowing difficulties. She has been involved in the interdisciplinary research activities of the the Department of Speech Language Therapy (SLT) and Communication Ability Studies and variable speech-language therapy activities across different age groups. 


Jana Mironova Tabachová 
Palacký University in Olomouc  Czechia

Assistant at the Institute of Special Education Studies, Faculty of Education, Palacký University in Olomouc, the member of the Department of Speech Language Therapy (SLT) and Communication Ability Studies. She specializes in speech-language pathology (SLP) in the population of infants and children and in special education for preschool age, especially in infants and children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She has been also practising as a clinical and counselling speech-language therapist.

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