So maybe there is something wrong with sounding like a New Yorker. Before I could even commiserate with Simone’s misfortune, Kaitzer said, “Dr. Chui was right, Simone has a tongue thrust.”
“What’s a tongue trust?” I asked.
“No Joe, it’s not a tongue trust, it’s a tongue thrust.”
I couldn’t even say tongue thrust, so I began to think that maybe I’ve got one too.
I thought we were playing tongue twisters. You remember them? Try saying this one three times: “A skunk sat on a stump, the stump thunk the skunk stunk the skunk thunk the stump stunk.”
You couldn’t do it, couldya? I can!
So a few minutes later, Kaitzer drops the bomb. “Oh! By the way,” she says, “I made an appointment with Justine Sherman, a speech-language pathologist. She’s a specialist in orofacial myology and is considered the best.”
I’m thinking, there’s goes that old International Scout I want to buy.
I can be such a jerk!
I went to the library to do some research on tongue thrusts and found, “Oral Myofunctional Therapy and Articulation,” by Marcelle Richardson. I learned that myofunctional therapy is the treatment of the orofacial musculature, which improves muscle tonicity and includes treatment of patafunctional habits and the temporomandibular muscle dysfunction as it relates to bruxism.
So that’s what causes tongue thrusts! You gotta be kidding me. I felt like throwing myself out the window. Thank God I had to pick Simone up at soccer, otherwise I would have done just that.