Robyn Merkel-Walsh – MA, CCC-SLP , COM®

Ethical Practices in Orofacial Myology

Course Description: Introductory

The diagnosis and treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) require specific training, practicum, and advanced clinical skills and proper licensure. There was a time when the public and professionals alike did not know about Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy but recently we have seen a “Myo Wave” in which patients are seeking services and numerous professionals are seeking training. There is confusion regarding who treats these disorders, what age the therapy can start and whether or not this is a regulated medical service.

 As Board Chair of the Oral Motor Institute, Certified Orofacial Myologist® and TalkTools® Instructor, Robyn has dedicated her entire career to oral motor, feeding and orofacial myology. Her advocacy efforts, research and inter-professional collaborative efforts have helped drive some of the ethical considerations, controversial discussions, and a modern movement in OMD. This course will highlight the right path of training , mentoring, and practice considerations when embarking upon offering orofacial myofunctional therapy services in your practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  •  Participants will be able to define an orofacial myofunctional disorder.
  •  Participants will differentiate orofacial myofunctional therapy from feeding therapy.
  •  Participants will be able to list what professionals have orofacial myology in their scopes of practice.

Timed Agenda

  • 10 minutes   Speaker bio and intro
  • 15 minutes Seeking Training in OMT
  • 25 minutes Scope of Practice
  • 25 minutes Licensure Regulations and National Guidelines
  • 15 minutes Sanitation and Safety
  • 20 minutes Evidenced Based Practices
  • 10 minutes Q and A 

.2 CE Credits

Fri, Mar 12 2021 3:30PM - 5:30 PM EST