Course Details

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders: Looking Beyond the Structure Part 2

Mary Billings, MS, CCC
Time: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm 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 learn how to identify an orofacial myofunctional disorder in the dental office and how early intervention impacts healthy development of the mouth. Tools on how to screen for underlying OMD’s, identify ankyloglossia. Discussion on building a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to intervention provides success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify characteristics of an orofacial myofunctional disorder.
  • Compare a growth guidance approach to dentofacial development.
  • Learn how to incorporate screening for oral myofunctional disorders in your patients.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of ankyloglossia in the dental chair.
  • Review of the role of the licensed speech language pathologist in assessment/treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders.

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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