New information on the importance of nasal breathing and the role carbon dioxide plays in allowing appropriate amounts of oxygen to be distributed throughout the body has important implications for Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists during the treatment planning process for persons with respiratory disorders including COPD and asthma.
Participants will learn about the damaging effects of mouth breathing and excessive breathing and methods to reestablish healthy nasal and diaphragmatic breathing patterns. Speech Pathologists will learn how to incorporate this information into their treatment programs to improve speech and voice production (including those with dysphagia). Occupational and Physical Therapists will learn how to incorporate this information into their treatment plans to increase energy conservation ability during mobility training and all activities of daily living. In addition, all participants will learn how proper breathing can improve attention and focus during the treatment process.
This course will also explain why nasal breathing and correct resting tongue posture is imperative for normal development of the teeth, jaws and face. In addition, variances in the severity of dysfunctional breathing will be addressed and a number of different approaches will be outlined to ensure therapeutic intervention can be offered across all ability ranges. Participants will also be able to perform an individual assessment to identify their own abnormal breathing patterns and learn strategies to correct these unhealthy respiratory patterns. Offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs – 4 contact hours.
Run Time: 4:10:38
*Theoretical aspects of dysfunctional breathing
*Negative effects of breathing pattern disorders on speech, sleep, exercise and development of the face
*In-depth practical demonstration of Buteyko Clinic Method exercises
Presenter is Clinical Director of the Buteyko Clinic International and Chairman of its Advisory Board. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint Presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation; Client Factors; Activity Demands
OT Process: Intervention
Patrick McKeown, MA, is Clinical Director of the Buteyko Clinic International and Chairman of its Advisory Board. In 2002, Patrick received accreditation as a Buteyko breathing practitioner by the late Professor Konstantin Buteyko. He has spent the last 15 years reaching out to thousands of children and adults who suffer unnecessarily due to dysfunctional breathing patterns, asthma, and sleep-disordered breathing. To date, Patrick has written seven books on the subject including "Close Your Mouth" and "Buteyko Meets Dr. Mew: Buteyko Method for Children and Teenagers." His latest book is titled "The Oxygen Advantage" and explores improving sports performance by addressing dysfunctional breathing patterns and simulating high altitude.
Financial — Patrick McKeown is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Patrick McKeown has ownership interests in Buteyko Clinic International; he receives a salary, royalties, speaking fees and has intellectual property rights.
Financial — Patrick McKeown receives a consulting fee from MyoAcademy.
Nonfinancial — Patrick McKeown has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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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.
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"The entire premise behind nasal breathing was fascinating, especially pertaining to sleep." – J.E. (Apr. 2020)
"I liked the techniques described for intervention with adults and pediatric populations. The analysis of respiration in relation to speech production was especially beneficial." – A.M. (Mar. 2020)
"I liked the examples of exercises and the effect of mouth breathing on cranial facial structures." – D.H. (Jan. 2020)
"This course added to my knowledge about mouth breathing - several concepts: improved sleep, improve overall health, effects of mouth breathing on stress, etc. The videos were helpful and practical." – G.A. (Jan. 2020)
"Learning how many health conditions the method can improve was most beneficial. This course totally changes the way I think about breathing and how I can help people." – S.B. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked learning about the physiology and chemical processes that support why nose breathing affects health of cardiovascular function." – M.P. (Nov. 2019)
"I felt the entire course was beneficial with a combination of information I knew but was good for review and new information to assist in approach and treatment." – K.L. (Oct. 2019)
"I enjoyed learning about how we breathe and oxygen exchange. He explained well." – M.H. (Aug. 2019)
"I appreciated going over the relationship between mental health and breathing." – S.M. (Aug. 2019)
"I found the most beneficial information being the breath hold technique and how to increase this ability to make other systems improve. I liked the different view of speech and breathing." – J.B. (May 2019)
"The entire course was helpful. As much as I loved this topic, I did struggle with the disorganization. The handout did not match the video presentation and there seemed to be a lot of jumping around." – D.W. (May 2019)
"I liked the discussion on nitric oxide and the physiological information." – A.J. (Apr. 2019)
"The entire content was new and relevant to me both personally and professionally. I intend to be my first client in the hope of unblocking my nose and breathing more effectively. I enjoyed the combination of watching the lecturer, seeing slides, and seeing demonstrations with a client." – H.Y. (Feb. 2019)
"The discussion on the destructive and reversible nature of chronic mouth breathing was most beneficial. I liked the video demonstrations of exercises." – A.D. (Dec. 2018)
"It was all very good - I liked that you saw a person and live demonstration throughout the presentation and not just looked at written powerpoint slides." – S.M. (Dec. 2018)
"I enjoyed the examples of therapy sessions. However, I expected more on the adverse effects on speech / vocal quality of mouth breathing." – C.H. (Dec. 2018)
"I appreciated learning how to use breathing exercises in a variety of patient populations." – L.P. (Dec. 2018)
"I liked Patrick! His enthusiasm and knowledge for the subject was impressive and made the presentation enjoyable." – C.Z. (Dec. 2018)
"I enjoyed the exercises that I can specifically incorporate into my therapy. I liked that I can learn and study at my own pace." – A.A. (Nov. 2018)
"I appreciated the demonstration of each of the exercises and how he went over the importance of nasal breathing only and benefits of the same." – A.A. (Aug. 2018)
"Going over the effects of disordered breathing on various bodily systems was most beneficial as well as the explanation and demonstration of breathing exercises." – K.F. (Aug. 2018)
"SLPs may have been teaching breathing wrong for decades. It's time to consider new ways to help our clients. The science behind this as presented is compelling. This would be a great course for SLPs so we can begin to do more trials. I often find that we are slow to adopt new ideas that come from the USA. I'm glad to have access to this content. I'm now looking into U.S. literature on the subject and finding that a lot of the info here is also found in other articles, but this course puts it together in a way I don't see anywhere else - very intriguing." – P.V. (July. 2018)
"I especially appreciated the breathing exercises in regards to stuttering and anxiety. I liked that the course showed a new approach I've never seen before and am interested in using." – M.R. (Jan. 2018)
"The videos of treatment were most beneficial which allowed me to provide clinical application immediately." – R.B. (Dec. 2017)
"I liked the explanation for physiology of breathing, such as the NO in nose and CO2 purposes." – K.S. (Dec. 2017)
"The discussion for assessment and treatment of my 0-5 population was most beneficial." – A.P. (Dec. 2017)
"Very specific but important information." – K.M. (Aug. 2017)
"The discussion on how mouth breathing contributes to fatigue, bed wetting, attention deficits (many times diagnosed as ADD or ADHD) was very helpful." – M.A. (July 2017)
"The pediatric exercises for educating parents on the importance of nose-breathing and client exercises were most beneficial. I liked that valuable information that I could begin using immediately." – M.Y. (Mar. 2017)
"I liked the explanation of the exercises and the format for presenting these exercises to patients. Going over the effects of mouth breathing on growth and development was very helpful." – W.D. (Feb. 2017)
"The clips of the instructor working directly with a client was helpful. I liked the clear explanations and detail in Part 1 section." – J.J. (Jan. 2017)
"This entire course was very beneficial. The exercises and population types were helpful. I liked the specific discussion of exercises and special circumstances and populations." – T.N. (Jan. 2017)
"I enjoyed the specific exercises for various groups i.e. HTN, DM, children, COPD, etc. I liked the step by step exercise regimens." – D.C. (Dec. 2016)
"I appreciated the breathing discussion related to stuttering as well as the diaphragmatic breathing exercises. The recordings of breathing sessions were helpful." – S.M. (Dec. 2016)
"We have a Resistant Muscle Training program at work and focus on the patients being able to complete diaphragmatic breathing before the next steps can continue. Many cognitive patients cannot grasp this concept right off. I like that precursors that this program uses and will be able to incorporate this into our current program. This course changed my way of thinking re: deep breaths and the benefits of changing breathing behavior to improve overall health." – L.F. (Dec. 2016)
"I enjoyed the discussion on the benefits for speakers and actors and anatomical explanation for 'less is more' breathing." – R.B. (Oct. 2016)
"I appreciated the explanation of exercises and the actual demonstrations." – D.Z. (July 2016)
"I liked the level of detail, clarity of explanations, and specific exercises. I found the discussions on the overall health implications of incorrect breathing and information appropriate to share with pediatricians, dentists and clients really beneficial." – S.P. (July 2016)
"I enjoyed going over the use of mouth breathing in sustaining suitable exhalation for speech as pertains to stutterers and proper phrasing and clarity of voice." – M.M. (June 2016)
"The speaker was very easy to listen to." – R.W. (June 2016)
"I learned how to breathe better!" – M.H. (June 2016)
"The discussion on open mouth and breathing was most beneficial." – J.C. (June 2016)
"I found the information about how the face changes to be helpful, but I was hoping for more Speech related exercises to be able to apply immediately in my practice. I liked the anatomy information about what happens to the oral structures with mouth breathing." – A.S. (June 2016)
"I appreciated the Steps exercise and information regarding children." – M.M. (June 2016)
"I liked the explanation of the exercises and demonstration." – A.T. (May 2016)
"I liked the information regarding open mouth postures and growth development plus the mention of efficacy of oral myofunctional therapy." – L.K. (May 2016)
"I enjoyed the information on the effects of mouth breathing on face structure and daily functioning. I liked the modeling of techniques." – S.S. (May 2016)
"I liked the exercises and the plans for each type of client." - K.F. (Apr. 2016)
"I appreciated the different breathing exercises and the background knowledge of breathing." – M.R. (Apr. 2016)
"All of it was beneficial. Very interesting CEU." – K.J. (Mar. 2016)
"Good demonstration of technique and explanation of rationale that was still easily understood. I've been looking for a program to help my home health clients with COPD - this will be very useful." – K.N. (Feb. 2016)