Saturday, February 12, 2022
The Tongue Matters: Orofacial Myology
and Tethered Oral Issues (TOTS)
On-Demand (recorded) Seminars are available year round on YOUR time!
Cycles focuses on patterns and efficient generalization through target selection that can drastically reduce therapy time for children with difficult phonological process challenges.
By beginning with easy, reduplicated CV words using early sounds and expanding to CVCV and CVCVCV clinicians can increase the child's speech and language while giving them CONFIDENCE to try other sounds and structures.
Dawn Moore ClinScD., CCC-SLP. COM® is the owner and founder of Expressions Speech & Language Center in Burlington, NC. She recently completed her clinical doctorate and has over 20 years of pediatric experience. In 2019 she completed her certification to become a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM®). She practiced in the schools of North Carolina for 15 years as both a clinician and Lead SLP and was recognized as a Teacher of Excellence at the NC Exceptional Children’s Conference. She began expanding into private practice in 2010, serving children and adults (myofunctional therapy).
She has supervised numerous SLPs and Speech Assistants she has employed as well as students in varying educational programs. Over the years, she has presented around the country for various state speech conventions/associations, county speech departments, and local universities.
Her main interests include orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs), articulation and phonological therapy, specifically /r/, using her own program Let's Hear It For /R/! which was the subject of her doctoral research. For phonology, she uses and teaches others how to use Barbara Hodson's Cycles for Phonology.
She is a Certified Orofacial Myologist and sought training in this area due to the struggle of finding help for her own daughter with a severe tongue thrust and abnormal resting posture. Through this training, she has learned about the impact of tethered oral tissues (aka tongue tie) on the resting posture of the tongue and balance of the muscles in the face, tongue, and jaw. She regularly completes myofunctional evaluations for tongue tie and other myofunctional disorders and refers patients to qualified providers for conditions such as mouth breathing, tongue and lip ties, and enlarged tonsils/adenoids.
The high incidence of undiagnosed tethered tissues in her speech practice has led her to begin educating professionals in her area about the impact of ties on speech, feeding, chewing, breathing, and dentition.