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Neo-Health Services is an accredited provider of continuing education for SLPs and Dental professionals. We prepare you for the International Certification process and beyond. In our 28 hour approved course, OROFACIAL MYOLOGY: FROM BASICS TO HABITUATION, Sandra R. HOLTZMAN, MS, CCC/SLP, COM and Dr. Robert Mason, DMD, PhD, ASHA Fellow, guide you through all the background information, hands on training and skills that you need. This course prepares you for tongue tie determination, thumb/finger sucking elimination, treating the chewing and swallowing process in detail, “tongue thrust” diagnosis and treatment, airway concerns, to address the speech articulation connections, relationship to orthodontics and much more. In addition, we offer a detailed treatment program that includes the Myo Manual and start-up supplies. Courses are scheduled throughout the United States and Canada.  Contact us at info@OrofacialMyology.info or at 954 461 1114

Note: You must be an SLP, DDS, or RDH to be eligible for the 28 hour courses.

NOTE:  :  NEO-HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDES YOU WITH AN ASHA CERTIFIED, LICENSED SLP-CCC TRAINER AND A REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST, BOTH OF WHOM ARE ALSO HIGHLY EXPERIENCED IAOM CERTIFIED OROFACIAL MYOLOGISTS. OUR PARTICULAR IN-DEPTH COURSE GIVES SLPS SPECIFIC TRAINING THAT RELATES TO MANY OF THE PATIENTS WE SEE DAILY, NOT ONLY THE “TONGUE THRUST” PATIENTS COMMONLY SEEN BY THOSE TRAINED ELSEWHERE.

Speech-language pathologists are naturals for orofacial myology training.

SLPs see dozens of clients that exhibit many different types of symptoms that are often related to orofacial myology disorders.  Here are but a few:

Lisps of all types
Other articulation disorders (specific sounds, imprecision, mumbling, etc.)
Phase One Swallow symptoms and difficulties
Poor eating habits
Oral habits such as thumb sucking, shirt/hair chewing, lip biting, etc.
Mouth breathing
Tongue tie/restricted lingual frenum
Open bites that interfere with acceptable speech production, chewing and swallowing

Additionally, many of the exercises and methods that are provided during the orofacial myology course help us with other types of patients.

ASHA  has issued position statements regarding the evaluation and treatment  of orofacial myology disorders :Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/OMD/

All of the required areas are covered during the 28 hour CEU coursework.

There is a great need and demand for SLPs who are also certified in orofacial myology.  More and more, dental professionals and non-trained SLPs are seeking those with backgrounds in orofacial myology to whom to refer patients.    The additional training has great value for SLPs in schools, nursing facilities, and hospitals.  It is also widely sought by those in private clinical settings to enhance their own businesses while at the same time increasing their patients’ potential for success.

 

 A quick tutorial for dental professionals

 Q: What is the difference between “tongue thrust” and orofacial myology?

A: Tongue thrust refers to one of many symptoms of an orofacial myology disorder.  We used to think that the thrusting of the tongue during the actual swallow was responsible for the open bite or malocclusion we often   see in conjunction with orofacial myology disorders.  We now know that    the resting postures of the tongue, lips, and mandible are the critical     criteria to address. Since “tongue thrust” means different things to different professionals (for example., to a speech pathologist, it refers to a lisp), it is best to describe the condition as an orofacial myology disorder rather than one common symptom such as the thrust we see during a brief swallow.

Q: Should I send my “tongue thrust” patients to a speech pathologist?

A: Speech pathologists do not automatically receive training about orofacial myology in their undergraduate or graduate education.  In fact, it is quite rare to find any university that teaches any aspect of this specialty area. Thus you will not necessarily solve your problems by sending them to any speech pathologist arbitrarily.  Those who are Certified Orofacial     Myologists (COM) or who are in the certification track process (have    attended IAOM approved 28 hour course) are the suggested speech pathologists to retain.  The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) has determined criteria for members wishing to treat orofacial myology clients.

Q: I have heard that an RDH can offer “tongue thrust” treatment.  Is that true?

A: Yes, if they are IAOM Certified Orofacial Myologists (COM) or certification track candidates.

Q: Are any other  professionals eligible to become IAOM certified orofacial myologists?

A: Dentists are eligible to become IAOM members and to seek certification, in addition to Speech Pathologists and Dental Hygienists.

Q: What is involved in the IAOM (International Association of Orofacial Myology) certification process?

A: Requirements include having attended a 28 hour approved course,  completed and passed a proficiency examination, and having passed an onsite evaluation from a member of the Board of Examiners of the IAOM. At that time the candidate is granted the C.O.M., certification of orofacial myology.

Q: How can my practice benefit from referring patients for orofacial myology?

A:  To learn of the benefits of orofacial myology and the various conditions for which you would refer patients for treatment, see the article by Dr. Robert M. Mason, DMD, PhD, at:

http://orofacialmyology.online/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/orofacial-myology-for_dentists_and_physicians.pdf

When you go to www.OrofacialMyology.com, you will also find multiple questions and answers about the many aspects of orofacial myology disorders.  You can use this information to help you select the most competent therapist.

 

COMMON REASONS RDHS GIVE FOR TAKING OUR COURSE:

DESIRE TO Provide therapy to a variety of patients

WANT TO Make a life long contribution to the welfare of patients

Be part of a team including ENT’s, DDS’s, SLP’s, and other medical professionals

Become more independent and improve my income while helping others

Opportunity to participate in a career that is never boring or repetitious

Reduce the likelihood of physical discomfort FROM carpal tunnel, back and shoulder pain, sore feet

When you go to www.OrofacialMyology.com, you will also find multiple questions and answers about the many aspects of orofacial myology disorders.  You can use this information to help you select the most competent therapist.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) policy has been in place regarding the practice of orofacial myology since 1992. It is found in section #9 – 92.

RDHs are in the unique position of being able to observe patients at very close range.   As such, they are ideal professionals to use their finely tuned skills to be able to detect when something is wrong.   They can note if someone appears to be tongue tied, if a child has a sucking habit accompanied by an open bite, if certain teeth are taking a long time to erupt, if someone is chronically mouth breathing… these and dozens more symptoms of orofacial myology disorders are among the areas that  RDHs enjoy learning about during the introductory course for orofacial myology. 
http://www.adha.org/downloads/ADHA_Policies.pdf

 

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