Tongue-Tie Position Statement I am writing to you because I don’t know what else to do. I feel frustrated about the controversial topic of tongue and lip tie. I looked through ASHA’s website but only found a statement from 2005. I would like to formally request that ASHA update its positions on tongue ... Inbox
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Tongue-Tie Position Statement
The ASHA Leader, July 2015, Vol. 20, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.20072015.4
The ASHA Leader, July 2015, Vol. 20, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.20072015.4
I am writing to you because I don’t know what else to do. I feel frustrated about the controversial topic of tongue and lip tie. I looked through ASHA’s website but only found a statement from 2005. I would like to formally request that ASHA update its positions on tongue and lip tie. Since the publication of Melanie Potock’s post on the Leader blog “Just Flip the Lip.” I am now including a lip-tie/tongue-tie evaluation in my oral mechanism exams. It seems that I can find a new tongue tie every week. For every one professional (otolaryngologist or pediatrician) who says clip it, there’s another one who says don’t. It appears that it’s crucial to find a provider who knows how to properly assess tongue tie. I’m looking for guidance. I hope to see a more recent position statement from our national organization.
Debra Blatt, Commack, New York

The decision to clip the frenulum is a medical decision made by physicians and is not in the scope of practice for speech-language pathologists. The SLP may play an evaluation and treatment role from a speech, feeding or swallowing standpoint, but ultimately the decision—as it is a medical procedure—is up to the physician.

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