Mary Billings, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders: Tongue Thrust As A Symptom, Not a Diagnosis

Course Description

Orofacial myofunctional disorders are disorders of the face, mouth, lips, jaw and tongue. They can directly and indirectly affect, dentofacial development, breathing patterns, jaw stability, chewing, normalized swallowing patterns, and developing speech patterns.This course discusses how the term “tongue thrust” evolved over 100+ years and will review some of the earliest treatments designed to address it. Clinicians will obtain a deeper insight into how the use of this term has subtly changed over the years, especially in the field of speech pathology, often leading to misperceptions affecting diagnostics and treatment approaches.

Participants will learn to analyze the systems within the orofacial complex, and recognize specific patterns of tongue movement most often associated with “tongue thrust” as well as their impact on developing speech sound acquisition. Participants will distinguish how these signs are often tied to the development of atypical functional patterns and determine appropriate timing and strategies for intervention.

Learning Outcomes

The participant will be able to:

  1. Learn the history surrounding identification of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
  2. Differentiate the systems the system within the orofacial complex
  3. Identify specific “tongue thrust” patterns associated with OMDs
  4. Recognize how myofunctional patterns lead to emergence of speech sound distortion.

Timed Agenda

  • 5 min   Overview
  • 20 min Historical review of OMDs
  • 20 min Functional Hierarchal Systems of the Orofacial Complex
  • 20 min Specific Patterns of Tongue Thrust
  • 15 min The OMD-Speech Pattern connection
  • 10 min Wrap-Up/ Q&A 10 minutes

.15 Credits

Mon, Mar 15, 2021 1:00PM - 2:30 PM EST