The Smallest Muscles Make the Biggest Difference in Behavior and Communication

Often, therapy for children with special needs involves strengthening muscles.

BY Robin Abbott, MS, OTR/L | March 2020 | Category: Schools, Camps & Residences

The Smallest Muscles Make the Biggest Difference in Behavior and Communication

But, unknown to most parents and even some practitioners, two of the smallest muscles in the body can have an extraordinary impact on communication and behavior; those muscles are the tensor tympani and the stapedius muscles of the inner ear.

A functional tensor tympani protects the ear against damage. Dysfunction in this muscle can create discomfort or pain for a child.

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