WEBINAR | Does Tongue-Tie (ankyloglossia) Impact Speech? What You Need to Know! [November 19 2021] [4PM-6PM EST]

WEBINAR | Does Tongue-Tie (ankyloglossia) Impact Speech? What You Need to Know! [November 19 2021] [4PM-6PM EST]


Date: November 19, 2021

Location: ZOOM (4PM-6PM EST)

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

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Course Description

Frena are dynamic structures comprised of collagen fibers and fascia. When ankyloglossia is present the tethering of these fibers may restrict normal tongue movement resulting in functional implications. Ankyloglossia often referred to as “tethered oral tissues/TOTs” and is often the cause of disruptions to the orofacial complex known as an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD).

OMDs are also associated with speech sound errors such as an interdental lisp and /or abnormal lingual dental articulatory placement for /t, d, l, n, ʧ, ʤ, ʃ, ʓ/. It seems logical that if a tongue cannot move freely, that the movements required for speech sounds may be impacted resulting in atypical or compensatory oral placements.

Clinicians working with Speech Sound Disorders (SSDs) often note a correlation between tongue-tie and speech errors, but this is controversial. Robyn will discuss controversies regarding SSDs and ankyloglossia, provide an evidence-based review dating back to the 1950’s, and will discuss SSDs when tongue-tie is present and the clinical implications for assessment and treatment.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to list at least one type of articulation error correlated with ankyloglossia.
  2. Participants will identify 1 way in which ankyloglossia may impact speech sound production.
  3. Participants will describe an example of how ankyloglossia and speech are correlated in the literature.

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.

Webinar Details


Schedule (4PM - 6PM Eastern)

  • 30 minutes    Introduction and defining ankyloglossia
  • 30 minutes    Literature review of ankyloglossia and speech
  • 50 minutes    Exploration on the oral placements for speech and ankyloglossia assessment and treatment
  • 10 minutes    Wrap-up and Q&A


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

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