Specifically any causes. With my son I don't think it was present from birth as his motor skills were ahead through about a year old. He's never had any serious illness or injury.
Also would mild hypotonia be enough to cause oral motor issues? Specifically my son takes a LONG time to eat, he also at 6.5 drools and drool pools in his mouth, which he slurps up.
DS (6) is diagnosed with Asperger's, Hypotonia, and Static Encephalopothy
Speaking from experience, my daughter (age 4) has had hypotonia with seizure disorder since she was born. The hypotonia has created oral motor issues for her where she drools and still has to wear a bib so her clothes don't get soaked, it takes a long time for her to eat, she can only drink from a specific sippy cup, she cannot drink from a straw and she chokes often. We have been getting her OT but she really needs speech (oral motor therapy) to address the tone issues in her mouth and throat. I have been told in my daughters case that the seizures and her neurological condition are the cause of her muscle tone issues, but I don't think the doctors really know for sure. Have you tried speech therapy? That may help with feeding issues. Hope that helps a little.
I am a Speech-Language pathologist and a mother. Hypotonia affects both feeding and speech. The drooling of saliva you are referencing indicates a lack of control in the oral cavity. The length of time to eat a meal also indicates the potential for decreased muscle control. My recommendation to you would be to seek out a referral for a speech-language pathologist in your area. Preferably one who specializes in pediatric dysphagia. Dysphagia simply refers to a swallowing disorder. Some clinician's will focus on either swallowing OR speech; some do both. As a clinician who does both I would insist on an evaluation of both swallowing a dysphagia. Early intervention is the key to success. Good luck!
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