Dawn Moore, ClinScD., CCC-SLP, COM®

The Tongue Matters: Orofacial Myology & Speech-Language Pathology

Course Description

Participants will be given an overview of Orofacial Myology, a specialty within the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Orofacial Myologists treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) which focus on nasal breathing and appropriate resting postures of the tongue, lips, and jaw. Airway problems, sucking habits, tongue/lip ties, and the familiar “tongue thrust” will be discussed as they disrupt natural resting postures. These disruptions are detrimental to facial and dental development which may cause problems with articulation of speech sounds. Participants will learn about the effects of OMDs on speech through the correlation of common speech problems, videos/pictures of children with OMDs, and how OMDs can impact speech, feeding, chewing, swallowing, and breathing through interactive audience participation.  

Learning Outcomes

The participant will be able to:

  1. List three areas of focus in orofacial myology
  2. Describe three functions of the tongue and the “tongue thrust” myth.
  3. Describe the potential impact of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) on speech and facial development.

Timed Agenda

  • 10 min Observations of oral postures at rest and during speech
  • 20 min Speech and muscles matter 
  • 10 min What do Orofacial Myologists Do?
  • 15 min The Tongue 
  • 15 min The Lips
  • 15 min Nasal Breathing 
  • 20 min What can we do? Early Signs/Symptoms of OMDs
  • 15 min Wrap up/Q & A 

This is an interactive session. Dawn's recommended supplies, so you can participate in her demos:

  • regular drinking straw
  • coffee straw

.2 CE Credits

Sat, Mar 13 2021 12:30PM - 2:30 PM EST