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Sep. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Thumb-sucking can be problematic

On Sept. 11, John Rosemond wrote about "Thumb-sucking is not a sign of imminent insecurity." While he might be right on the point of his topic, he is woefully incorrect about the damage of thumb, finger or object sucking causes to the developing arch form, dental bite, lower jaw position, facial form and speech development.

I am a myofunctional therapist of 42 years. Just one example of a 9-year-old boy sucking two fingers 24/7. He had a major speech issue, daily headaches and stomach aches, gas, burping, hiccups, snoring, sleep apnea, restless sleep, mouth breathing, allergies, 24/7 congestion, poor posture, long facial form development, a high narrow upper arch and an open bite. Through a motivational program, we stopped his sucking habit and he performed a series of exercises weekly for four months, and now breathes with his nose, lips closed, great posture, no more pain, snoring, sleep apnea, or stomach issues, his bite completely corrected and his tongue thrust is a thing of the past.

I just wish more parents realized there is a motivational and functional answer to sucking habits and a way to create freedom from breathing issues, allergies and a host of other poor habit problems.

Barbara Greene

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Marshall athletes need speech skills

Athletic Director Mike Hamrick needs to hire a communications coach for many of his athletic teams.

During interviews, I cannot understand the majority of the players, and Coach Holliday is definitely uncomfortable in front of the camera, always fidgeting with his hands and touching his face to comfort himself. And forget about understanding the players on the radio! If I cannot both listen and read their lips, I am completely lost.

Media are not going away, so the coaches and the players need to adapt to it to the best of their abilities. They are a representation of Marshall University every time they are speaking.

And, please, put the players' names back on the jerseys! I am sick of missing plays from looking at my roster to see who made the previous play.

Beth Waugh

Lavalette

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