Course Details

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders: Looking Beyond the Structure Part 1

Mary Billings, MS, CCC
Time: 8:00 am – 11:30 am Code: Cost: $50 | $65 after 9/28 Date: Thursday, Oct 24

Subject:  Orofacial Disorders |  Audience: All Attendees  |  CE Credits: 3 hours Lecture

Course Description:

Orofacial myofunctional disorders are adaptations in the functional systems of the face, mouth, lips, jaw, and tongue. They can directly and indirectly affect breathing patterns, jaw stability, tongue position, lip seal, chewing, normal swallow patterns, and developing speech patterns. These disorders can and do occur across the lifespan. This course explores the many subtle presentations of orofacial myofunctional disorders that underlie the primary functions of the orofacial complex: breathing and swallowing that can emerge and impact dentofacial development. Participants will develop deeper understanding of the functional systems contained within the orofacial complex and how early developmental interruptions can negatively impact cranial and dentofacial development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define orofacial myofunctional disorders.
  • Understand the primary and secondary functions of the oral mechanism.
  • Recognize the dynamic relationship between structure and functional systems of the orofacial complex.
  • Learn the multi-factorial etiologies of oral myofunctional disorders in the developing child.

About the Speaker:

Mary Billings is a certified speech language pathologist who has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders. She founded her private practice, Billings Speech Pathology Services in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area in 1994. In 2009, Mary completed extensive certification requirements through the International Association of Orofacial Myology and then served as its first Mentoring Chair. She is also a Past President of the organization. Mary is an accredited CE provider through ASHA, AOTA, and the AGD and has lectured and traveled extensively nationally and internationally and won multiple awards for her work in the field. In 2017 she was designated a “subject matter expert” in the field by ASHA where she has consulted with current best practices for clinicians. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oral Motor Institute. She is a Lifetime Member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, active in the American Academy of Private Practitioners in Speech Pathology & Audiology, and the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry. Financial Disclosure: Ms. Billings received a paid honorarium for this course. She receives monetary fees for other speaking engagements and continuing education courses through her company Elevated Therapeutics, LLC

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