What happens to our patient outcomes (and our credibility in the medical community) when we incorrectly diagnose TOTs? It is time for a real, honest discussion about the treatment and increasing over treatment of Tethered Oral Tissues. In this course we will discuss some of the most common symptoms of oral ties, but will take you through the Differential Diagnosis process…. exploring a myriad of other issues that can also present these same symptoms. By broadening our understanding of the differential diagnosis, we will avoid unnecessary treatment and also increase our success with patients that truly have TOTs.
- Explain why proper diagnosis is essential to preventing over treatment of TOTs
- List multiple factors leading to poor tongue and lip mobility
- Understand other factors that lead to clenching, bruising, forward head posture, mouth breathing and sleep disordered breathing
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.
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.
Schedule (11:00AM - 01:00PM Eastern)
20 minutes: Intro/Overview of Anatomy, Physiology and Growth of the Orofacial Complex
40 minutes: Common Symptoms of TOTs in Infants, Toddlers, Children and Adults
40 minutes: The Differential Diagnosis/Exploring other possible causes of poor function
20 minutes: Discussion and Questions
Angie Lehman, RDH, COM
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