The Exceptional Child: Empowered!

Course Descriptions | Learning Outcomes | Agendas

Apraxia Isn't the Primary Diagnosis, Where Do I Start?

Course Description

This presentation explores,1) Differential diagnosis of apraxia, dysarthria, OMD, speech/language delay 2) how starting with the muscle system might help a client who cannot produce a sound using auditory and visual cues alone; 3) reasoning for using a tool to facilitate a sound and where it fits into current practices for CAS; 4) clinical strategies for using a tool and the motor system for optimal therapeutic outcomes 5) differentiation of NSOME and using a muscle based approach.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Identify differences between various speech diagnosis.
  2. Have a framework of determining where to begin a speech program.
  3. Apply clinical strategies for using tools and the motor system to achieve speech goals..
Agenda
10 minutes -- Overview of diagnoses
40 minutes -- Instructions on assessment and treatment options
10 minutes -- Q&A
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  • Speaker
  • Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®️- BIO

Clinical Strategies for Childhood Apraxia of Speech with the K-SLP Methods

Course Description

In this presentation, strategies learned from over 40 years of implementing the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) will be shared to help those with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) become successful vocal/verbal communicators!

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Identify and implement behavior principles in treating childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)
  2. Understand shaping techniques to simplify the motor plans of words with successive approximations
  3. Apply Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) methods for speech motor into expressive language
Agenda
  • 10 minutes -- Overview behavior principles
  • 20 minutes -- Specific techniques for speech motor skills
  • 20 minutes -- Specific techniques for expressive language skills
  • 10 minutes -- Practice and coaching parents

Speaker

Nancy R. Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP - BIO

Differences Between Breast and Bottle

Course Description

Infant anatomy and physiology are adapted for breastfeeding. The mechanics and physiological cost of feeding differ by method, with particular implications for preterm and ill infants. This presentation reviews differences in muscle activation, tongue kinematics, intraoral vacuum requirements, flow characteristics, energy expenditure, and coordination of swallowing and breathing during breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Methods to adapt breastfeeding and bottle feeding for special populations are addressed

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Understand basic mechanics and differences of breastfeeding and bottle feeding
  2. Apply methods to adapt breastfeeding and bottlefeeding for special needs populations
Agenda
20 minutes -- What is happening when an infant breastfeeds?
20 minutes -- And what is happening when an infant is bottlefed?
20 minutes -- Adaptive breastfeeding and bottlefeeding for special needs populations
 

Speaker

  • Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC - BIO

Early Intervention Feeding: Coaching Families to Success

Course Description

In Washington, DC providers are expected to implement the early childhood coaching model as described by Rush and Sheldon (2011). The key concepts of this model focus on growing the capacity of the caregivers through a “coach” and “coachee” dynamic that allows caregivers to more effectively carryover therapy strategies in the child’s natural environment. In feeding therapy in particular, success is seen when families demonstrate confidence, commitment to the goals, and are able to implement strategies across the week. This can reduce the amount of time a child may spend receiving early intervention services. Using this model, providers are able to create a joint plan with strategies to practice between sessions, observe and give feedback on strategies, and offer reflection and problem solving solutions with caregivers. A child eats or drinks several times throughout the day and an ideal mealtime may not fall during the scheduled therapy time. Supporting families through the early childhood coaching model ensures that children are targeting therapy goals across meals.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Define the "Coaching" Feeding Therapy Model
  2. Apply 3 coaching strategies
  3. Develop a caregiver-therapist coaching plan
Agenda
15 minutes -- What is the Coaching Model
15 minutes -- How to Integrate the Coaching Model
15 minutes -- Case Studies
15 minutes -- Developing a Caregiver-Therapist Coaching Plan
 

Speaker

April Anderson, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC - BIO

Essentials of "r" Remediation

Course Description

This 1-hour seminar details the research-based components of the /r/ production, how to analyze the child’s “r” efforts, and how to do effective, sequential capability-based strategies to stimulate a good back-up or retroflex /r/. Techniques will be shared to solidify the new production and establish conversational carryover. The information primarily focuses on the cognitively aware upper elementary age child.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
    1. Analyze client's ability to articulate the /r/ sound
    2. Apply 2 techniques to improve production of /r/ sound
    3. Recommend strategies to apply in conversational settings

Agenda

  • 10 minutes -- overview of research regarding /r/ speech production
  • 15 minutes -- how to analyze client's ability to product /r/ sound
  • 20 minutes -- techniques to improve /r/ sound
  • 15 minutes -- strategies to incorporate /r/ sound in conversational speech production

Speaker

Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP - BIO

Foundations in Manual Therapy: Voice and Swallowing Disorders

Course Description

This webinar will provide the speech-language pathologist (SLP) and SLPA, as well as PTs, OTs, MTs, and other health professionals with an interest in pathology/dysfunction in the upper thorax and neck regions, a solid grounding in the use of manual therapy for the treatment of voice and swallowing-related disorders. Also covered will be content relating to the mouth, tongue, and chest wall. The evidence and science that explains and validates this work will be reviewed, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, and corresponding muscle groups it supports. The majority of the course will be spent on supervised hands-on practice to develop comfort and expertise in performing these techniques for patients with specific types of voice disorders, dysphagia, head and neck cancer rehabilitation, and issues surrounding the jaw, mouth, and tongue. Unlike many manual therapy seminars, this work moves beyond narrow tissue-specific-based systems and looks at the cascade of possibilities, from local impact through central nervous system and brain impacts. In keeping with the 3 basic aspects of the evidence-based practice model, all of the work is framed from a patient-led perspective. Course content is appropriate for those with no previous experience using manual therapy, as well as clinicians with manual therapy experience.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
    1. Understand the basic structural elements of the nervous system as it corresponds to the neck region
    2. Define manual therapy
    3. Apply 2 manual therapy techniques in a speech and/or feeding therapy session
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  • Agenda
  • 10 minutes -- Central nervous system anatomy and physiology
    10 minutes -- What is manual therapy?
    15 minutes -- How manual therapy applies to speech and feeding therapy
    15 minutes -- Demonstration of manual therapy session
    10 minutes -- Manual therapy techniques review and Q&A

Speaker

Walt Fritz, PT - BIO

Helping Pediatric Patients Thrive: Improved Feeding, Speaking, and Sleeping After Tongue-Tie Releases

Course Description

It seems everywhere you turn, parents and professionals are discussing and concerned about tongue and lip-ties. With so many opinions, objections, and success stories, it’s hard to cut through the noise. This evidence-based and clinically informed presentation will provide clarity to the real issues a restricted tongue can cause in pediatric patients. The latest results from our prospective cohort study of children treated for tongue-tie will also be presented. Case studies of various ages, diagnostic criteria, assessment techniques, and treatment recommendations will be discussed in this comprehensive yet concise lecture.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Identify lingual tethered oral lingual tissues
  2. Understand impacts of lingual tethered oral tissues on speech
  3. Determine referral criteria

Agenda

15 minutes -- Let's Really Take a Look at Tongue-Ties
15 minutes -- Cohort Study Findings
20 minutes -- Case Studies
10 minutes -- Treatment Options
 
Speaker
  • Richard Baxter, DDS - BIO

How Your Pediatric Provider Works With You: What Are They Thinking?

Course Description

This 1-hour webinar will cover the impacts of tethered oral tissues on speech, feeding, sleep, breathing and orofacial structures, as well as associated challenges, including over-diagnosis, under-diagnosis, lack of training and lack of communication among the medical team. Dr. Kaplan will discuss laser frenectomy case studies from his practice, lessons learned, and reporting and referral strategies.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Assess typical vs. atypical oral tissue and fascia development
  2. Identify 3 comorbidities associated with tethered oral tissues
  3. Develop Assessment Tools for referrals

Agenda

10 minutes -- Tethered Oral Tissues -- Challenges and Solutions
10 minutes -- Underlying anatomical impacts on tethered oral tissues
10 minutes -- Classifying TOTs
10 minutes -- Understanding Intake Forms
15 minutes -- Laser Frenectomies -- Case Studies
5 minutes -- Q&A

Speaker

Martin Kaplan, DMD - BIO

Infant Tongue Tie Impacts and Outcomes: Physical and Emotional Variables of Treatment Success

Course Description

Learn about the possible impacts of tethered oral tissues on feeding, breathing and sleeping patterns in infancy and explore the complexities and variables of treatment. Dr. Pinto will discuss 1) how to effectively communicate with and empower parents 2) the importance of setting realistic expectations regarding procedure, healing and improvements 3) why the creation of a professional support system is so critical in providing a comprehensive treatment approach.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. develop a communication strategy to effectively discuss a TOTs (tethered oral tissues) treatment and recovering plan with pediatric clients and caregivers
  2. establish a professional treatment team

Agenda

20 minutes -- Communicating and empowering caregivers
20 minutes -- Tongue-tie timeline -- setting expectations
20 minutes -- Creating a professional support team
 
Speaker

Chelsea Pinto, DDS - BIO

In Plain Sight: "Facing" Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

Course Description

Orofacial myofunctional disorders are disorders of the face, mouth, lips and/or jaw. They can directly and indirectly affect skeletal growth development, dentofacial development, jaw stability, chewing, normalized swallowing patterns, developing speech patterns and oral hygiene. This course explores the many visual presentations of orofacial myofunctional disorders facially and intraorally while reiterating the importance of comprehensive oral mechanism assessment as part of a differential diagnoses and effective treatment planning. Participants will learn to analyze head and facial features; dental occlusal patterns and recognize other oral anomalies. 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:
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Conduct a basic orofacial myofunctional assessment
  2. Apply 2 intervention strategies to mitigate atypical orofacial myofunctional structural issues
Agenda:
15 minutes -- What am I seeing? Orofacial myofunctional structural checklist
15 minutes -- Atypical Functional Patterns
15 minutes -- Assessment Plan
15 minutes -- Intervention Plan

Speaker

Mary Billings, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®️ - BIO

Jaw Development, Airway and Orthodontics: Case Study

Course Description

Posture and function of the jaw and mouth muscles will affect facial and jaw development, orthodontic needs, speech capacity, and even the airway. As breathing and speaking are vital to health and personal development, you will learn in this presentation how to optimize your child's potential through addressing the common root causes of speech, orthodontic, and sleep apnea problems.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Understand common causes of speech, orthodontic, and sleep apnea issues
  2. Assess speech issues related to jaw development
Agenda
15 minutes -- Jaw and Mouth Muscles
15 minutes -- Common Root Causes of Atypical Jaw and Mouth Muscle Development
20 minutes -- Case Study
10 minutes -- Assessment Tips
 
.Speaker
 
Brian Hockel, DDS - BIO

Manual Therapy: How "Hands-on" Helps with Oral Motor Dysfunction

Course Description

This workshop will discuss how altered biomechanics resulting in oral motor dysfunction can be differentiated from compensatory body mechanics as a result of TOTS. It will also describe the role specific manual therapy can play in optimizing function by address overt or compensatory biomechanical dysfunction and optimizing outcomes of other therapeutic interventions.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Describe how biomechanics can affect oral motor development
  2. Outline compensatory body mechanics in clients with TOTs diagnosis
  3. Understand the role of manual therapy as part of an integrated therapy plan
Agenda
15 minutes -- Oral motor development and biomechanics
15 minutes -- Oral motor development and compensatory body mechanics
15 minutes -- Oral motor development and manual therapy
15 minutes -- Assessing the whole child
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  • Speaker
  • Sharon Vallone, DC, FICCP - BIO

Mitigating Potential Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders Through Early Feeding
Intervention

Course Description

Feeding difficulties that present at birth or in the first year of life, may be a red flag for a future diagnosis of an orofacial myofunctional disorder. Feeding disorders may be secondary to numerous etiologies including, but not limited to pre-maturity, genetic syndromes, hypo-or hypertonia, structural issues, failure to thrive, cardiac issues and/or respiratory issues. Symptoms may include: difficulty latching for breast feeding, difficulty transferring milk, limited range of movement of the oral musculature, depressed infantile reflexes, compensatory sucking patterns on breast and bottle, difficulty coordinating suck, swallow, breath, GERD, constipation, structural issues, abnormal resting tongue posture, mouth breathing, airway incompetency, sleep disordered breathing/snoring, difficulty handling saliva, early and excessive drooling, difficulty transitioning to textures or utensils and postural concerns.

This one-hour webinar will provide a framework for understanding normal development of oral structures, reflexes, postural considerations and oral sensory-motor functions. Understanding normal function is the key to recognizing abnormal. This theoretical foundation provides goals for therapeutic interventions designed to mitigate potential orofacial myofunctional disorders through infant feeding therapy.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Identify at least five populations at risk for orofacial myofunctional disorders.
  2. List at least four areas of potential oral dysfunction.
  3. List at least four strategies to support normalizing oral dysfunction..
Agenda
05 minutes -- Welcome and Introduction
05 minutes -- Defining orofunctional myofunctional disorders
10 minutes -- Red flags for at risk infant populations
10 minutes -- Early Intervention as prevention
25 minutes -- Assessment and Treatment
10 minutes -- Q&A
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  • Speaker
  • Lori L. Overland M.S., CCC, C/NDT, CLC, FOM- BIO

Mouth Breathing: Symptoms, Complications and Treatments  

Course Description

Breathing is one of the most important basic human functions. In order to live we must breathe. The question becomes how do we breathe? Do we breathe correctly in order to have great quality of life?
Literature and professionals are becoming more aware of the importance of mindful breathing and breathing through the nose for other all health and well being. Correct breathing is also important for development of facial structure and cognitive development. In our day-to-day hectic lives, the general population is often not thinking about how they breathe. This course will address the importance of how we breathe and common causes for and signs of incorrect breathing. Participants will gain understanding of the importance of nasal breathing. Assessment and treatment techniques will be discussed to give caregivers and therapist an understanding of why, how, and what can be done to improve breathing for overall quality of health.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the benefits of nasal breathing versus oral breathing.
  2. Identify at least three reasons for breathing difficulties.
  3. Give at least three activities to help with nasal breathing.
Agenda
10 minutes -- Overview of the breathing system
10 minutes -- Benefit of Nasal Breathing
10 minutes -- Complications when breathing is impacted.
20 minutes -- On Strategies to implement in therapy to help with teaching correct breathing for facial growth and cognitive development.
10 minutes -- Q&A
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  • Speaker
  • Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP- BIO

Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) for Clients with a Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy

Course Description

In this presentation Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson will address the needs of clients with the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. Her innovative tactile-sensory-motor approach to client-based treatment uses therapy tools to train muscle movements which are then transitioned into movements for improved feeding skills/safety and speech clarity. Participants will learn how to create an individualized therapy program to include: seating, the sensory system, feeding, and speech clarity goals

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
1. explain the importance of working on jaw grading for improved speech clarity and feeding safety.
2. teach the steps needed to facilitate lip rounding for speech production of /w/, /oo/, /sh/, /ch/, /j/.
3. use Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) techniques in conjunction with traditional speech therapy to improve speech clarity for clients with the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
 
Agenda
10 minutes -- Overview of the diagnostic components
40 minutes -- Demonstration of how to use therapy tools to improvement muscle movement for speech and feeding: Instruction/Videos
10 minutes -- Q&A
 
  • Speaker
  • Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP - BIO

Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing and Maxillofacial Development: The Impact of Oral Motor Development and Tongue Mobility

Course Description

Chronic mouth breathing and low tongue posture in actively growing children is associated with palatal growth restriction, alterations of craniofacial development, altered head posture, attention issues, poor school performance, relapse of orthodontic treatment, and increased risk for obstructive-sleep apnea later in life. This presentation will: (1) provide an overview of the entire spectrum of sleep-related breathing disorders ranging from mouth breathing to upper airway resistance syndrome, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea in pediatric populations; (2) discuss the impact of mouth breathing, oral motor development, and tongue mobility in the etiology of sleep-disordered breathing, (3) and introduce the role of occupational therapy, myofunctional therapy, and surgical procedures (e.g. frenectomy, tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, turbinate reduction, when indicated) for a multidisciplinary and integrative approach to treatment.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Describe sleep-related breathing disorders in pediatric clients
  2. Understand the impact of mouth breathing, oral motor development and tongue mobility on sleep disorders
  3. Outline applicable therapies and surgeries for remediation of sleep-related breathing disorders
Agenda
20 minutes -- Overview of sleep-related breathing disorderCentral nervous system anatomy and physiology
20 minutes -- Impacts of mouth breathing, oral motor development and tongue mobility
20 minutes -- Occupational therapy, orofacial myofunctional therapy and surgical procedures
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  • Speaker
  • Soroush Zaghi, MD-ENT - BIO

(A) Respectful and Practical Approach to Addressing Challenging Behavior

Course Description

The dignity afforded to persons with autism and the humanity that is associated with attempting to understand why problem behavior is occurring prior to treating it is sometimes lost in behavioral assessment and treatment. Progress towards easily appreciated and generally applicable behavioral assessment and treatment procedures requires a slight shift towards different assumptions, aims, and procedures; these will be highlighted while outcomes are described from practical functional assessment and skill-based treatment processes in which the person with autism was always free to participate in, alter, or opt out of their therapeutic process.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. describe the primary aim and fundamental assumptions of a practical functional assessment process that includes an analysis.
  2. apply the most important tactics for ensuring the safety and social acceptability of a functional analysis and function-based treatment process.

Agenda

  • 10 minutes -- Review the aims, assumptions, and procedures of a practical functional assessment.
  • 15 minutes -- Review the considerations for ensuring the safety of those participating in analysis and treatment.
  • 20 minutes -- Review the progressive treatment process for developing the skills of communication, toleration, and contextually appropriate behavior.
  • 15 minutes -- Review the enhanced choice model within which practical functional assessment and treatment process may be embedded.

Speaker

Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D -- BIO

Sounds to Conversation

Course Description

The presented literature-based method resulted from at least 20 years of study, development, and expansion by Diane Bahr with the help of colleagues, patients, and patient family members. While many valuable speech programs exist, some gaps in treatment seem to remain. This process brings together available programs with systematic teaching of potential missing links via a trans disciplinary team.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Describe how vowel remediation, as well as the use of non-word or nonsense syllables, integral stimulation, and pacing can help complete existing programs for speech habilitation and rehabilitation.
  2. Discuss the importance of using systematic, literature-based learning principles, practice, and feedback to move speech from sounds in isolation to words in conversation.
  3. Explain the use of a trans disciplinary team (i.e., speech-language pathologist, occupational and/or physical therapist, behavior analysis facilitators, teachers, patient family members, and others) in effective speech habilitation and rehabilitation.
Agenda
20 minutes -- Speech Sound and Vowel Disorders
20 minutes -- Vowel Treatment
20 minutes -- Speech Facilitation
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  • Speaker
  • Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI- BIO

Speech Clarity in the Down Syndrome Population

Course Description

Speech development can be challenging for children with Down syndrome, due to various factors including: dysarthria, hypotonia, TOTs, sensory regulation, and orofacial myofunctional disorders. This webinar will provide techniques and treatment options for speech development when working with clients with Down syndrome. Orthodontic and airway collaboration will be discussed.
 
Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the differences between dysarthria, hypotonia, sensory, TOT's and Apraxia of Speech.
  2. Identify proper avenues to refer patients to outside professionals in support of speech clarity development.
  3. Use sensory-motor activities to facilitate better speech sound placement for target sounds.
Agenda
10 minutes -- Overview of Dysarthria, Hypotonia, TOTs, Apraxia of Speech
5 minutes -- Overview of Professional Referrals
40 minutes -- Demonstration of Tools/Therapeutic Strategies
5 minutes -- Q&A
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  • Speaker
  • Heather Vukelich, MS, CCC-SLP- BIO

Tools, Tips and Tastes: Easy and Fun Strategies for Kids to Learn to Love Vegetables

Course Description

Let's create some veggie-love with simple tools, creative tips and fun ways to take a taste! This unique hour includes ten short videos with strategies for parents and professionals that can be applied to other food groups as well. Learn how to keep anxiety low, raise up the fun-factor, and help kids and parents enjoy the journey!

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Recognize scenarios that can create feeding anxiety in children
  2. Apply strategies to mitigate mealtime anxiety
  • Agenda
  • 10 minutes -- Introduction and understanding the format
  • 45 minutes -- 10 strategies for parents and therapists and how to put them into practice
  • 5 minutes -- Q&A
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  • Speaker
  • Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, COM® - BIO

TOTs Ticking Over Time - From Pre-to Post Op Care Across the Lifespan

Course Description

Tethered Oral Tissue is a complex diagnosis that is seemingly non-alarming to many medical professionals. Resolution is often advised as a “simple clip” or no intervention at all. Those professionals well- trained in TOTs see the evolution of this diagnosis and the complexity of assessment and treatment. The integration of medical intervention and clinical care is essential to optimize the most successful remediation of this diagnosis from infancy to adulthood.


This webinar will focus on the evolution of TOTs care and the timeline of TOTs signs and symptoms across the lifespan. An overview of the ideal timeline of assessment, pre-op care and the stages of post- operative treatment will be discussed. Structural revision and functional rehabilitation will be stressed as equal parts in the continuum of care. The variations of post-op stretches/aftercare for optimal healing will be compared to neuromuscular re-education for functional remediation.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Describe 2 reasons why a frenectomy in isolation will not give the patient an optimal prognosis.
  2. Compare the differences of active wound management and functional neuromuscular reeducation.
  3. List the stages of pre- and post-op frenectomy care in a timeline format.
Agenda
20 minutes -- Introduction and TOTs Timeline
10 minutes -- Signs and Symptoms of TOTs Across the Lifespan
15 minutes -- Aftercare vs. Neuromuscular Reeducation
15 minutes -- The Future and Conclusion
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  • Speaker
  • Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP/COM®- BIO

Typical vs. Atypical Orofacial Structures

Course Description

Normal developmental feeding skills and early signs of feeding/oromyofunctional dysfunction are often difficult to differentiate. Maladaptive muscle movements are observed when a child has changes in their structural or functional patterns as they grow.  Normal feeding skills develop over the first 24 months of life and continue to “fine” tune as the vertical dimension of the orofacial complex grows to full size.   Children with normal changes will exhibit control as new skills are learned and the primitive reflexes integrate into higher skill levels, become under the volitional control of the child, and experiences are provided to the child.  After 2 years in age, normal variations become less and less as the global feeding skills become integrated. Variations are based on the experiences.provided to the child when the structure is intact. This session will focus on the more typical variations between normal and abnormal orofacial features exhibited in the orofacial complex.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
    1. Describe typical orofacial development
    2. Explain disruptions in orofacial development  
    3. Compare typical verses atypical orofacial features
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  • Agenda
  • 15 minutes -- What is the orofacial myofunctional complex?
  • 15 minutes -- What is typical orofacial myofunctional facial structures in infants?
  • 15 minutes -- Applying orofacial myofunctional assessment strategies to assess orofacial structures
  • 15 minutes -- Developing a recommendation plan

Speaker

Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM® - BIO

Effects of Lingual Frenectomy on Tongue Motility and Infant Sleep: Ongoing Research Update

Course Description

In this 1-hour webinar, Dr. Scott Siegel will be reviewing two current IRB clinical research projects in which he is a clinical investigator. Discussion will include current projects, focusing on objective measurement of improvement in infant feeding and sleep before and after laser frenectomy procedures. Research project design and future implications for our field will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Understand current research outcomes regarding laser frenectomies
  2. Assess measures of improvement after a laser frenectomy
  3. Identify future research trends regarding the diagnosis and treatment of tethered oral tissues

Agenda

40 minutes -- Overview and outcomes of current IRB (Institutional Review Board) clinical research projects on tethered oral tissues
20 minutes -- What is next in tethered oral tissue diagnosis, treatment and care
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  • Speaker
  • Scott Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP, DABOMS - BIO

Wound Healing: Factors to Consider for Best Outcomes in Pre- and Post-Frenectomy Care

Course Description

The course is an accumulation of direct clinical experience by Sanda Valcu Pinkerton while working with over 350 patients with the help of colleagues, patients, and patient family members. Although some valuable wound healing programs already exist, disparities in treatment and recommendations seem to create confusion. This course provides a cohesive understanding of wound healing physiology in correlation with sensory-motor and habit systems. It considers systematic teaching techniques in conjunction with potential missing links.

Learning Outcomes
Webinar participants will be able to:
  1. have a basic understanding wound healing physiology as it applies to tethered oral tissue surgery
  2. apply 2 techniques when assessing post-frenectomies
  3. provide a referral where appropriate
Agenda
20 minutes -- Wound Healing Programs: Putting It All Together
20 minutes -- Wound Healing Physiology
20 minutes -- Sensory Motor and Orofacial Myofunctional Approaches
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  • Speaker
  • Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton, COM®, RDHAP - BIO
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