Episode 13: Thumb Sucking, Breathing, Swallowing, & Sleep Apnea


In this episode of of Stay Healthy San Diego, Danielle Klee sits down with Dr. Mat Parker to discuss all things related to speech, language, voice, feeding, swallowing, and eliminating bad oral habits (like kids sucking their thumb)!


Danielle is a speech-language pathologist and orofacial myofunctional therapist born and raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Masters of Speech-Language Pathology program after earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Wheaton College. She completed her post-baccalaureate studies at Portland State University.


Danielle has worked with a wide variety of patients, ranging from adults diagnosed with aphasia and traumatic brain injuries at a university clinic to children diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Autism, microcephaly, and early speech and language delays in the private outpatient and public school settings. While she loves her field and the many populations it serves, she is most passionate about treating feeding, swallowing and orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD).


Listen to this episode to learn:

  • What a thumb sucking party is and the importance of eliminating oral habits in kids 


  • What the heck is orofacial myofunctional disorder and how Danielle’s FASCINATING story of how she found this incredible niche as a myofunctional therapist


  • The difference between a myofunctional therapist and a speech-language pathologist


  • How myofunctional therapy can help with improving breathing, swallowing, and sleep apnea


  • What an evaluation with Danielle looks like (…don’t worry it’s not scary)


  • Common mistakes parents make with their kids orofacial and breathing habits and how to AVOID them


  • ….And MUCH More!


Book Resources:

Baby Led Warning by Gill Rapley


Jaws: A Hidden Epidemic by Sandra Kahn & Paul Ehrlich


Nobody Ever Told Me (Or My Other) That!: Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development by Diane Bahr


To learn more about Danielle you can follow her at:

IG, FB and YouTube: @daniellekleeslp

Website: daniellekleeslp.com 


Thank you for listening and remember, you Stay Healthy San Diego!

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