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Orofacial Myology/Tongue Thrust: An Introduction With Assessment Applications

# e46   Orofacial Myology/Tongue Thrust: An Introduction With Assessment Applications

by Sandra Holtzman, M.S., CCC-SLP, C.O.M.

0.2 CEUs

$ 39.00

Orofacial Myology is known under several names: myofunctional therapy, oral myology, oral myofunctional therapy, and/or tongue-thrust. This online course presents a brief historical overview of the field of orofacial myology and its relationship to the field of speech-language pathology.

Participants will learn symptoms of oral myofunctional disorders and how these disorders relate to various speech disorders.  Correct resting postures of the tongue, lips, and mandible are described. The deleterious effects of mouth-breathing are presented. The implications of muscle forces upon speech production, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, and swallowing are discussed. Also covered are the procedures involved in examining various orofacial structures and functions.  Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours. 

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Text — including diagrams and picture references. 

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the symptoms of an oral myofunctional disorder.
  2. Explain the connection between various speech disorders and oral myofunctional disorders.
  3. Explain the connection between dental occlusion and oral myofunctional disorders.
  4. Describe the correct resting postures of tongue, lips, and mandible.
  5. Explain the importance of a correct nasal breathing pattern.
  6. Describe the procedures involved in examining various orofacial structures and functions.
  7. Feel comfortable with the basic dental terminology used to describe normal and abnormal occlusion.

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post test in order to
receive a certificate of completion.

Sandra R. Holtzman, M.S., CCC-SLP, C.O.M., is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who has specialized in orofacial myology for more than 30 years. She is a certified orofacial myologist and a member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM). Sandra is presently serving on both the Board of Directors and the Board of Examiners of the IAOM.

Sandra has addressed SLPs, dental professionals, and other specialists across the United States on the connection between orofacial musculature and speech disorders, tongue-tie (ankyloglossia), thumb and digit sucking habits, mouth breathing, and other topics.  In 2000, Sandra established Neo-Health Services, Inc., which provides continuing education workshops, therapy for orofacial myofunctional disorders and other speech-language disorders, and supplies oral myofunctional products. She is author of Orofacial Myology: From Basics to Habituation (aka the "Myo Manual"). 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Sandra Holtzman is the author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial Sandra Holtzman is the author of the text, Orofacial Myology: From Basics to Habituation; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Sandra Holtzman is the owner of Neo-Health Services, Inc; ownership interests.

Nonfinancial — Sandra Holtzman has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 


Intended Audience

  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.2 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 2 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Florida: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.  
  • New Jersey: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the New Jersey Department of Education.  Provider #1654.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 01/31/2017.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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e94 Tongue Tie 101 for SLPs: What Is Our Role?
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0.25 $44.00
e172 R: Techniques and Interventions To Correct /r/ — Seven Steps, From Basics To Habituation
Sandra Holtzman, M.S., CCC-SLP, C.O.M.
0.15 $34.00

"I enjoyed the discussion on how to predict articulatory errors based on the position and movement of the tongue." – R.W. (Feb. 2017)

"The assessment applications were very useful. I liked the clear presentation of the material as well as the knowledge of the presenter." – B.C. (Jan. 2017)

"The pictures were great! I enjoyed the connection of muscles to function for speech/swallow. It was a great introduction to orofacial myology." – R.S. (Jan. 2017)

"This course just gave me a better idea of what I need to look at/for when targeting /l/, /s/, /z/ sounds, words, and words in phrases with my patients that demonstrate a tongue thrust or lisp." – C.H. (Dec. 2016)

"The evaluation and examination section were very helpful as it provided very specific testing information for each section of the evaluation. I also found the section on dental malocclusions to be very informative." – D.H. (Dec. 2016)

"I learned a lot about how to properly conduct an oral-motor evaluation. My oral motor evaluations will be more thorough and will provide me with more information about what needs to be corrected and whether or not I should refer to another provider." – M.M. (Dec. 2016)

"The review of anatomical structures that are 'normal' was most beneficial. However, I was hoping for a few treatment techniques." – A.C. (Nov. 2016)

"It was helpful to have a concise break down in what to look for in a great oral motor examination not just for indications for tongue thrust therapy. I liked the easy read and simple explanations about all aspects of the course." – N.U. (Oct. 2016)

"I appreciate the increased understanding of oral examination for individual with orofacial myology." – J.C. (Sept. 2016)

"The practical assessment methods that were discussed will be very beneficial for my oral motor evaluations. I appreciate that the presenter included some rationale for the various components of the assessment." – A.D. (Aug. 2016)

"Practical yet thorough review of terminology in initial part of session. I especially appreciated the review of occlusion, benefits of nose breathing." – S.H. (July 2016)

"I found the discussion on the importance of communicating well with dental health professionals really beneficial. Likely, a client has been referred to me by a dentist or orthodontist. It is important to be able to communicate in terms we both understand." – M.R. (July 2016)

"Easy to understand and comprehensive. I liked the connection between OMDs and speech disorders." – P.V.H. (July 2016)

"Going over normal placement and location of lips, tongue, etc. was really useful." – D.M. (July 2016)

"I appreciated the coverage on feeding and tongue placement assessment." – S.D. (July 2016)

"Provided a lot of information in a clear, concise manner. The discussion on how to evaluate for a myofunctional disorder was especially helpful." – K.H. (June 2016)

"I liked the walk through of an oral motor exam which relates to structures. Often, we seem to do OM Exams not really understanding why we are performing particular actions. I liked that I could do it at my own pace rather than watch a video." – A.S. (June 2016)

"The assessment of swallow to help determind orofacial myology was most beneficial." – L.A. (May 2016)

"I liked the coverage on how dentition is related to speech sound disorders." – J.H. (May 2016)

"It was thorough and made easy to understand." – L.J. (May 2016)

"Learning how to implement the knowledge into assessing a client was really informative." – C.G. (May 2016)

"The objective assessments for structures and functions were helpful." – A.T. (Apr. 2016)

"I appreciated the actual testing for a tongue thrust when swallowing and that all the information could be printed. Would have been nice to have some treatment ideas." – L.L. (Apr. 2016)

"I found all of it useful for my practice and would strongly recommend this course to SLP's interested in working with individuals with tongue thrust. It was very clear and organized." – J.G. (Apr. 2016)

"I first heard about orofacial myology from a dental assistant. This course was very informative and explained the terminology." – B.S. (Mar. 2016)

"I liked the specific guidelines on what to look for when analyzing a child - especially how to assess a child for the presence of a tongue thrust." – M.L. (Mar. 2016)

"The discussions on some of the common errors of the sounds /l/, /r/, and /s/ and the correct / incorrect tongue positions to produce these phonemes and what it indicates were really beneficial." – M.H. (Mar. 2016)

"I appreciated the information regarding structure of the mouth." – S.M. (Feb. 2016)

"It provided specific information on different types of oral facial abnormalities." – R.B. (Feb. 2016)

"I liked how it included the SLP's role in OMD and it gave a nice review of normal function of the speech mechanism, as well as the relationship of speech and dentition." – L.P. (Feb. 2016)

"It was a worthwhile review of orofacial myology in general. It was clear, concise and informative." – K.C. (Feb. 2016)

"It was a good review of things I had learned in graduate school but had not used in a while." – B.D. (Feb. 2016)

"Quick and easy refresher for me. Great intro to Orofacial Myology for graduate student intern." – L.B. (Feb. 2016)

"Very informative. The dental info was most helpful." – S.B. (Jan. 2016)

"I liked the review of anatomy and clinical indicators for specific sound production." – N.P. (Jan. 2016)

"Good review of anatomy & function Examination / evaluation oro facial myology." – T.D. (Jan. 2016)

"The discussion regarding knowing what to look for; for normal function was beneficial. I liked the definition page. However, I expected to learn how to correct/work on tongue thrust, techniques and tips." – S.P. (Jan. 2016)

"I appreciated going over the things to look for during the evaluation." – J.S. (Jan. 2016)

 

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