Treating Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders: Beyond the Symptoms

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Presenter: Linda D'Onofrio, MS, CCC-SLP
This 2-day workshop is an advanced survey course, in orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) for the experienced medical professional whose scope of practice intersects in the orofacial complex. Differential diagnosis and feeding, swallowing, and communication techniques will be featured throughout the workshop that can be incorporated into therapy immediately.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define orofacial myofunctional disorders, their etiology, and their many presentations. Understand the scope of practice of OMT and the many fields that intersect in the orofacial complex.
  • List the sequence of events that develop into OMDs and discuss the importance of prevention and early intervention. Learn how to screen for OMDs.
  • List the many populations of patients that are impacted by OMDs and the different medical professionals involved in patient care.
  • Measure oral structures and rate oromyofunction through newly available protocols.
  • Review goals and objectives of OMT therapy and how to assess and use OMT treatment programs, concepts, and tools.
  • Review and discuss pediatric and adult case studies.
  • Discuss the concept of neuroplasticity and neuromuscular reeducation.
  • Examine how breathing impacts OMDs and how breathing therapy is incorporated into OMT.
  • Examine how OMDs impact people across the lifespan and how the simple act of mouth breathing can set the stage for life threatening illnesses.
  • Incorporate OMD differential diagnosis criteria into your intake and evaluation process. Review the current protocols for evaluation.
  • Learn how to prioritize treatment and coordinate care in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Review the many malocclusions involved with OMDs and the many presentations of tongue thrust swallow.
  • Discuss the epigenetics of chewing and swallowing and how our faces have changed with modern diets. Learn how to use chewing to develop better oral function.
  • Examine the many presentations of ankyloglossia and how restricted lingual and labial frenula impact oral development, feeding, swallowing, and articulation.
  • Review the recent research and international developments in the field of OMT. Learn how to connect nationally and internationally with professionals studying, teaching, and practicing OMT.
About Linda: Linda D'Onofrio, MA CCC-SLP, is a certified speech-language pathologist specializing in craniofacial disorders, structural and motor-based speech disorders, feeding and oromyofunctional disorders, social cognitive disorders, and developmental speech-language disorders. She a past president of the Oregon Speech-Language Hearing Association and presents and teaches on her areas of specialty.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 1.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)


Part 1

30 minutes: Introduction, Disclosures & Objectives
60 minutes: Introduction to Oromyofunction – Definition of OMDs, Etiology, OMT Goals, Scope of Practice
45 minutes: Prevention of OMDs & Early Intervention 
60 minutes: Populations impacted by OMDs & the medical professions that treat OMDs
60 minutes: OMT – Multidisciplinary treatment, OMT programs, & tools
60 minutes: OMT – Case Studies
60 minutes: Neuroplasticity & the Cognitive Aspects of OMT
45 minutes: The Role of Respiration and Breathing Re-education in OMT
30 minutes: OMT – Case Studies

Part 2
45 minutes: The Impact of OMDs across the Lifespan; The Consequences of Mouthbreathing
45 minutes: Patient Intake & Evaluation
105 minutes: Reporting & Treatment Planning
90 minutes: Malocclusions & the many Presentations of Tongue Thrust Swallow
60 minutes: Epigenetics of Chewing & Swallowing; Normal & Abnormal Chewing; How our Food impacts OralDevelopment
75 minutes: The Impact of Restricted Oral Frenula on Oral Structures, Function, Feeding, and Articulation 
30 minutes: Recent Research Overview & International Developments in OMT

Disclosure statement:

Financial: Linda D’Onofrio is a speaker for and receives royalties. She is employed by D’Onofrio Speech & Language and receives a salary and speaking fees. 

Nonfinancial: She is a member of the American Speech & Hearing Association, The American Cleft Palate Association and the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences

Financial/In-kind support: Kaiser Permanente provided the location and AV support for this course.

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