Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are attracting more speech-language pathologists with the ASHA OMD Practice Portal created in 2018. In 2020 ASHA started requiring universities to teach their students about OMDs yet therapists are left confused between the variations of oral motor, pre-feeding, NSOE and orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT), or “MYO”, as it is often called.
The first step in understanding OMDs is to understand normal oral sensory-motor development and the neurotypical orofacial complex. Since OMT is traditionally implemented above the age of four, some therapists are left confused about what to do for early signs and symptoms of OMDs in the under 4 populations or for those children who have special needs. Robyn’s research paper in 2020 published in the International Journal of Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy (IJOM), aimed to debunk confusion regarding OMT with the 0-4 and special needs populations and explained the variations between passive and volitional activities.
This course is new and improved with the research Robyn has completed from her paper. She will discuss how monitoring oral health and mouth development in addition to early intervention of oral motor dysfunction in infant, babies and toddlers can help prevent future OMD challenges. Through the implementation of pre-feeding, feeding and oral placement therapies, OMDs such as prolonged thumb sucking, and open mouth posture may be prevented. Evidenced based resources will help guide therapists toward new strategies immediately. This course is helpful for IBCLCs, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, SLPs and dentists.
- Participants will be able to identify at least three signs and symptoms of oral dysfunction in the 0-3 population.
- Participants will be able to list three ways to assist children ages 0-3 follow typical oral motor development norms
- Participants will be able to list at least two oral motor specialist approved mouth "tools" that promote desirable mouth development.
Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.
TalkTools®️ is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 6506. This virtual course qualifies for 2 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: Introductory.
InstructorsRobyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️ Bio and Financial Disclosure
- Online ONLY for 1 learner -- ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE (downloadable handout)
- Group Rate for 5 learners
- ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE for 5 learners
- 10 minutes: Introduction
- 20 minutes: What is an OMD and why is 0-3 such a critical age for mouth development.
- 30 minutes: Early signs of OMDs
- 5 minutes: Break
- 45 minutes: Prevention of OMDs via oral sensory-motor interventions
- 10 minutes: Q & A