WEBINAR | Safety, Sanitization and Personal Protection in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy [July 31, 2020] [RECORDING]

WEBINAR | Safety, Sanitization and Personal Protection in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy [July 31, 2020] [RECORDING]


Date: July 31, 2020

Location: Webinar (RECORDING)

Presenter: Robyn Merkel-Walsh MA, CCC-SLP , COM® and Patricia Pine, RDH, COM®

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Course Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has left therapists feeling unsure about re-opening their doors and maintaining proper infection control in their practices. This is especially true for those therapists who specifically work in the specialty areas of feeding, oral motor and orofacial myofunctional therapies. While hospitals and schools often have OSHA infection control policies, private practices may not have the necessary guidance on what an infection control policy should include and/or how to implement it. Robyn and Pat have over 50 plus years combined experience in working in the mouths of patients, and Pat has been teaching infection control and OSHA standards in dentistry for 25 years. Together, they have joined forces to educate fellow clinicians on the importance of: 1) knowing the CDC and OSHA standards; 2) obtaining and using PPE (Personal Protective Equipment); 3) disinfection procedures for surfaces with EPA
approved solutions; 4) the differences between sterilization and disinfection and 5) implementing an infection control policy / training staff.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to define a competent based infection control program in their facility.
  2. Participants will be able to list 3 CDC guidelines for PPE.
  3. Participants will be able to define the differences between sterilization and disinfection.

Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® OPT resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.

This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area)(see TalkTools ASHA CEU Policy and Process for more information)

TalkTools®️ is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 4782. This self-study course qualifies for 2 self-study contact hours or 0.2 CEUs in the Category of Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Webinar Details


Schedule (02:00PM - 04:00PM Eastern)

  • 10 minutes    Intro
  • 20 minutes    What is an infection control protocol?
  • 30 minutes    Disinfecting surfaces
  • 10 minutes    BREAK
  • 20 minutes    Sterilization
  • 20 minutes    Implementing a policy and staff training
  • 10 minutes    Q&A


Robyn Merkel-Walsh MA, CCC-SLP , COM® Instructor Bio and Financial Disclosure 

Patricia Pine, RDH, COM®

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