VIRTUAL WORKSHOP | MyoTools 101: The Foundations of Orofacial Myology [ZOOM][March 12, 2022]
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP | MyoTools 101: The Foundations of Orofacial Myology [ZOOM][March 12, 2022]

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP | MyoTools 101: The Foundations of Orofacial Myology [ZOOM][March 12, 2022]


Date: March 12, 2022

Location: ZOOM(9:00AM-4:00PM)

Presenter: Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP

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Course Description

Historically myofunctional therapy was seemingly a mysterious technique that only a few progressive professionals were proficient in. In fact, it was often questioned as an evidence-based  practice and those practicing were few and far between. TalkTools® Instructor Robyn Merkel-Walsh was one of those innovative professionals who was teaching the main concepts of orofacial myofunctional disorders, and the perspective on using this approach to treating speech sound disorders in children since 1998 . Over the past 26 + years,  Robyn has merged her expertise in oral sensory motor, feeding and oral  placement therapies with orofacial myology to create this  MyoTools course in n effort  enhance the clinical outcomes of many new patients beyond her own.

MyoTools will help clinicians who are new to orofacial myology explore an opportunity to look at their caseloads with a new lens. It will open the door to understanding  the nexus of form and function and why this interaction is the foundation for improved airway health, sleep, oral resting posture,  feeding and speech. With the Myoscreener  and Myostructure tools for assessment,  the prevention and identification of orofacial myofunctional disorders will be addressed.  The importance of interdisciplinary practice and a  referral base for the Myoteam will be encouraged. Then with MyoTools for intervention,  course attendees will be able to embark in their  journey in orofacial myology. Course attendees can complete this course and decide to have the MyoTools they need to make proper referrals  or  be ready to move on to more advanced training if so desired.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to describe 3 structural anomalies associated with orofacial myofunctional disorders.

  2. Participants will be able to list 3 functional symptoms of an orofacial myofunctional disorder.

  3. Participants will be able to list two ways in which a restricted airway can interfere with the orofacial complex.

Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® OPT resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.

TalkTools®️ is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 4782. This self-study course qualifies for 6 self-study contact hours or 0.6 CEUs in the Category of Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Workshop Details

This workshop will occur live virtually via Zoom. It is required to attend live to receive credit. Therefore, this offering will not be recorded.

*Practicum is included with your registration, but must be added to your cart if you wish to receive it, and will be shipped to the address provided at checkout. 

    • FOR U.S. ORDERS: Shipping rates are included. Registrations must be placed by March 1, 2022. After this date we can not guarantee practicum will be shipped and arrive before the course date.
    • FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Shipping rates are not included and we can not guarantee practicum will be shipped and arrive before the course date. Food items will not be included as these items may not clear customs. (Refer to the practicum photo above)



Timed Agenda

30 min     Historical timeline and ethical considerations in Orofacial Myology

70 min      Orofacial Myofunctional Disordered in 0-3

  • Oral motor norms 0-3
  • Signs and symptoms of OMDs
  • Muscle Based Issues
  • Feeding and Speech Complications
  • OMD prevention
  • Myoscreener vs Myoassessment

 60 min     Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in 4 and up (Airway/structure/Function)


60 min     Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in 4 and up (Report writing/ goals)

60 min     MyoTools: The variations of feeding therapy and myofunctional therapy

15 min     Mini Myoscreener Practicum

70 min     MyoTools: Establishing a hierarchy of care across the lifespan

15 min     Summary, Evidence and Guidance

10 min     Q & A

Registration Rates

$199 Rate 

  • Registration Includes: 0.6 ASHA/AOTA approved CEUs, course supplies, digital handout, and certificate of completion.

Instructor Bio

Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️ Bio and Financial Disclosure