Nicole Goldfarb, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®

Nicole Goldfarb, M.A., CCC-SLP, COM® founded the San Diego Center For Speech Therapy & Myofunctional Therapy (SDCST) in 2003. She is one of only three Speech-Language Pathologists in San Diego County who holds a joint certification as a Certified Orofacial Myologists through the International Association of Orofacial Myology. This unparalleled combination of degrees allows Nicole to provide the most advanced and comprehensive treatment, as most patients with speech issues also have myofunctional issues. In achieving her certification, Nicole received the highest score ever appointed on the International Association of Orofacial Myology certification exam at that time. Nicole has achieved numerous trainings in both speech-language pathology and myofunctional disorders, and she has a special passion and interest in sleep-disordered breathing and diagnosing restricted frenum tissue as related to myofunctional disorders.

Nicole is currently on the ADA assigned Child Airway Initiative Task Force, a small national team developing the universal screening tool for all dentists to use to screen for sleep disordered breathing as per the 10/2017 ADA proposal that all dentists should screen all patients for SDB. Nicole received intensive and advanced training with the nationally renowned Certified Orofacial Myologist, Katha Phair. Katha trained Nicole in her unique, specialized, and unmatched techniques that she had developed and refined for over 45 years, and in 2014 she selected Nicole to take over her large myofunctional therapy practice in San Diego. Nicole has presented all around the United States on myofunctional therapy as it relates to sleep-disordered breathing, orthodontics, and dentistry. Nicole has also attended a variety of trainings related to sleep-disordered breathing including the Tufts Mini Residency Program, AAMS/AAOSH/AAPMD/IAOM conventions, and other courses.

Previously, Nicole worked in the Solana Beach School District as a Speech-Language Pathologist, entire school district Speech-Language Pathology assessor, and Speech-Language Pathology supervisor for over six years. Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from U.C. San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She achieved a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Diego State University where she was selected as The Outstanding Graduate Student by the entire department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Nicole received the ACE Award for continuing education for 2009-2012 by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association for her advanced number of professional development and trainings in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Nicole has trainings in the following approaches: PROMPT for apraxia, Kaufman apraxia, Interactive Metronome Certified Therapist, Lindamood Bell, Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social-Cognitive Development Program, Carol Gray social programs, Tony Atwood Asperger’s Syndrome approach, DIR/Flooritme, Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale, TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children), and a variety of stuttering trainings. Nicole developed the Social Stars program and enhanced the Lunch Bunch programs for social skills at her workplace. Having a child with sleep apnea identified at the age of 2 years old sparked Nicole's passion and special interest in pediatric sleep-disordered breathing. Nicole's life-long quest is to help in the early identification and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing

Financial Disclosures: Nicole Goldfarb is licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Orofacial Myologist and owner of San Diego Center For Speech & Myofunctional Therapy in San Diego, CA. She receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course.

Non-Financial Disclosures: Nicole Goldfarb has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.