Addressing Dysfunctional Orofacial Muscle Patterns and Behaviors

A live interactive webinar-based program

SUMMER TRIMESTER, June 29 – September 9, 2019

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Western diet and lifestyle have a profound effect on the growth and development of the face, lips, tongue, jaw, swallow, dentofacial, and orofacial muscle patterns.  An estimated eight out of every ten children exhibit learned dysfunctional patterns.  If these anomalies are not addressed early in life, these patterns eventually turn into chronic health issues.  


The Orofacial Myology Certification Program is a fully live-interactive webinar-based curriculum that qualifies dentists, orthodontists, manual therapists, dental hygienists, speech pathologists and other healthcare practitioners with an appropriate background to: (1) assess oral posture and function and their effects on growth and development in the child, as well as address existing disorders in both adults and children; (2) train adults and children, who have developed dysfunctional patterns, to restore balanced functional oral posture based on the principles of behavior modification, and (3) to use the most effective means for assisting their clients in identifying and overcoming dysfunctional rest postures, breathing, chewing, swallowing, tongue function and body postural habits.


The Certification program teaches colleague practitioners how to: (1) determine if there are dysfunctional orofacial myofunctional habits, (2) identify the learned behavioral components of dysfunctional habits, (3) identify the symptoms and deficits brought on by habits, (4) determine how existing health conditions may interact with the physiological effects of habits, (5) identify and rectify/eliminate factors that regulate these habits (e.g., cranial dysfunction, tethered oral tissues), and (6) teach clients how to restore functionality of the way they sit, stand, walk, talk, and sleep.


The 100-hour curriculum includes one course, 421 Orofacial Myology (three academic units, 45 hours) and one Proseminar, 621 Case Analysis & Review (two academic credits, 30 hours) coupled with the 721 Service Practicum (one academic unit, 25 hours).  Participants completing the Certificate earn six ACADEMIC (university) units and 75 CE hours of credit.  Descriptions and scheduling are as follows:

June 29, 30; July 13, 14, 20, 21 (Saturdays & Sundays)
08:30 – 17:00 Mountain Time
COURSE: 421 Orofacial Myology 

Three academic units, 45 hours CE, six 1-day (7.5 hour) sessions

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge of (1) learned orofacial myofunctional (OM) disorders including history, anatomy, physiology, etiologies, and signs & symptoms (2) habit assessment and behavioral interventions for assisting clients in learning to disengage dysfunctional habits and replacing them with new ones, and (3) interdisciplinary team building and OM practice management for finding comprehensive learning solutions for clients.

Students learn to identify dysfunctional habits and to assist their clients in rectifying them.  It includes evaluation and management of abnormal non-nutritive sucking habits such as thumb, finger, and pacifier sucking habits; orofacial rest posture problems, neuromuscular muscle patterns associated with inappropriate mastication, bolus formation, and deglutition; abnormal functional breathing patterns, speech patterns, swallowing patterns; asymmetric facial and postural esthetics; and other detrimental orofacial habits. 

Students learn about orthodontic fundamentals, the benefits of therapies and exercises used in the management of OM dysfunction and motivational techniques for facilitating their success.  They are introduced to habit assessment, management, and alternative exercise plans for addressing (1) habits involving tongue posture, crossbite, short upper lip, bruxing, and bracing; (2) applications to Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Bell’s Palsy and Trichotillomania; and (3) disorders involving TMD/TMJ, bruxing, bracing, clenching, and grinding.  Students are also introduced to myofunctional applications with infants, which includes pre-Post lingual/labial frenectomy and encouraging lingual/palatal contact.

Students learn OM practice management, including how to integrate OM into an existing practice, record keeping, use of appropriate intake forms (OM. TMD/J), and how to implement guidelines for meeting ethical standards of practice.  Students learn to identify problem patients involving structural, neurological, ortho appliance, and behavioral compliance issues and what to do about them, such as introducing alternative exercise plans and providing alternative referral sources.

July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; September 9 (Mondays)
17:00 – 22:00 Mountain Time
PROSEMINAR: 621 Case Analysis & Review
Two academic units, 30 hours CE, six 5-hour sessions

PRACTICUM: 721 Service Practicum
1 academic unit, 25 hours of practical experience (in your own setting)
At least three of the Practicum sessions are formally presented during Case Review sessions.


There will be some supplies required (about $150.00) that enrollees will need to purchase and have available not later than June 28.  A list of these supplies will be provided shortly before the program begins.


Minimum: AA degree in appropriate field (e.g., speech pathology), two years of recent experience (at least half time), and appropriate license and/or professional certification credentials (e.g., dental hygiene).

TUITION: $3,000.00 ($500.00 per unit)

A $300 deposit is required at the time of registration.  Pay the balance in full on June 24, or make three monthly installment payments.  Options are provided during registration.

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