Kimberly K. Benkert RDH, BSDH, MPH, COM®, FAADH

Integrating the Junction of Function, Structure, and Behavior: Assessment and Examination

Course Description

This course provides an evidence-based learning experience focused on defining Orofacial Myology and assessing the junction of function, structure and behaviors on the orofacial complex. It emphasizes utilizing a process of care in the clinical assessment, examination, diagnosis, developing individualized treatment planning, implementation of therapeutic techniques, and the evaluation of orofacial myofunctional disorders and parafunctional patterns. The course presents principles in developing an initial diagnosis of airway function, orofacial myofunctional and temporomandibular muscle dysfunction, the impact on the orofacial complex. Etiological factors contributing to the development of orofacial dysfunction and parafunctional habit patterns are presented. Identifying and classifying restrictions in the tethered oral tissues (TOTs) and their impact on structure, function, and behavior is included. Participants will understand the significance of orofacial dysfunction on functional speech patterning, craniofacial and dental development, along with the relationship to overall systemic health and quality of life. The course instructs a clinical technique to develop a correct resting posture of the tongue, lips, mandible, and utilizing metrics to establish the dental freeway space. Classifying the airway space, assessing tonsils with a gradient scale, and evaluating chewing and swallowing patterns is discussed. The participant will understand a multi-disciplinary team approach to address the bio-adaptability and medical relationship of orofacial function.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the orofacial and oromotor functional environment
  2. Identify etiological contributing factors of orofacial dysfunction
  3. Discuss structure versus environment and behavioral etiologies
  4. Classify the airway, identify mastication, deglutition, and functional speech patterning
  5. Identify and understand the multidisciplinary team collaborative care

Timed Agenda

  • 15 minutes   function, structure and behaviors on the orofacial complex
  • 30 minutes   What to look for in your client
  • 15 minutes TOTs
  • 15 minutes Airway, Tonsils, Chewing and Swallowing
  • 15 minutes Q&A

.2 Credits

Thu Mar 18 11:00AM-1:00PM EDT