Implications for Tongue Thrust & Lisps: An Orofacial Myofunctional Approach to Treatment | [Wayne, NJ] [January 26, 2020] - event Talk-Tools
Implications for Tongue Thrust & Lisps: An Orofacial Myofunctional Approach to Treatment | [Wayne, NJ] [January 26, 2020] - event Talk-Tools
Implications for Tongue Thrust & Lisps: An Orofacial Myofunctional Approach to Treatment | [Wayne, NJ] [January 26, 2020] - event Talk-Tools

Implications for Tongue Thrust & Lisps: An Orofacial Myofunctional Approach to Treatment | [Wayne, NJ] [January 26, 2020]

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Date: January 26, 2020

Location: Wayne, NJ (08:30AM-04:00PM)

Presenter: Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️

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Course Description

Robyn’s SMILE Program (SysteMatic Intervention for Lingual Elevation) is an effective way to help children remediate articulation errors including persistent lisps, interdentalized productions of t-d-l-n-s-z, and distortions of s-z-∫-t∫-dʒ-ʒ. The program targets the root of the speech problem which is often an orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD). Robyn discovered in a school-based setting that by combining oral placement, swallowing and articulation therapies progress rates improved. Participants learn how to perform a thorough structural assessment and determine if an OMD is present. This one-day seminar differentiates therapeutic strategies for <4 and >4 populations for the best prognosis. SMILE manual is included with the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to diagnose myofunctional disorders based on oral placement skills/swallowing skills/articulation skills.
  • Participants will be able to list defining characteristics of a myofunctional disorder.
  • Participants will be able to determine if oral-motor prerequisite skills are intact in order to initiate myofunctional therapy techniques (Jaw-structure-tone).
  • Participants will be able to measure treatment outcomes throughout the therapeutic process.
  • Participants will be able to combine oral placement, swallowing and articulation therapy techniques for those children who present myofunctional disorders.
  • Participants will be able to implement at least ten exercises for a tongue thrust program.

This program is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).  AOTA CEUs: 0.6  (see TalkTools ASHA CEU Policy and Process for more information)

Workshop Details 

Host Organization

Talk Moore Speech Services

1211 Hamburg Turnpike  Wayne, NJ 7470

Timed Agenda
Registration Fees
    • $199 Early Bird Rate - through 11/26/19
    • $259 Standard Rate - 11/26/19 to 01/12/20
    • $289 Late Registration - 01/13/20 to day of
      • Registration includes: 0.6 ASHA/AOTA approved CEUs, course supplies, workbook, and certificate of completion.

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Instructor Bio

Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️ 

Instructor bio and financial disclosure statements here

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