Intro to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
- You should have a basic background knowledge about the orofacial muscles.
This is a beginner’s course designed to attempt to fill a need for clinical information about Orofacial Myofunctional therapy. Myofunctional therapy is a treatment specifically designed for the correction of orofacial myofunctional imbalance and abnormal swallowing patterns. It exists not as a separate entity, but as an adjunct to dental, speech and medical treatments; as the therapy seeks to establish a normal orofacial muscular environment.
This course is designed for healthcare professionals seeking to learn basic information about myofunctional therapy and its benefits. Basic background knowledge about the orofacial complex is necessary for taking this course; as it offers you a basic introductory clinical overview of myofunctional therapy, its history, and a brief overview of orofacial myofunctional disorders. Upon completion of the course you will gain basic knowledge about myofunctional therapy and its benefits.
The material included in this course is a basic 30 minute power point presentation. No other materials are required. The course is structured in a way that breaks the information down into several categories which include:
· A basic introduction about orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) and its history
· Recent research pertaining to the benefits of OMT
· What orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) are
· How OMD’s affect lives
· Professionals involved in the treatment of OMDs and their ailments
- This course is meant for beginners who are not familiar with Myofunctional Therapy, and/or students seeking to learn about the therapy. This course is probably not for you if you are looking to learn more advanced information about Myofunctional Therapy. If you seek more detailed information please feel free to contact me, as this Udemy class is an ongoing project.
- Introduction to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
- The History of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
- The Future of Myofunctional Therapy
- Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD's)
- Professionals Involved
Martha is a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist, Researcher, Myofunctional Therapist, Dental Hygiene Educator and holds a degree in Medical Laboratory as well as in Health Education. She received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Farmingdale State University and specialized in Myofunctional Therapy through the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT). Martha's extensive knowledge has led her to teach at New York University College of Dentistry and for the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, where she's taught about myofunctional therapy. Martha is also currently faculty at Greenville Technical College, where she teaches dental hygiene and about myofunctional disorders.
Martha's training is extensive as she lectures internationally about myofunctional disorders. She has also contributed towards bridging the gap between the medical and dental professions through her courses and published work. Her most recent publications include an Amazon E-book titled "Stop Snoring and Improve Your Sleep Apnea", and a chapter in a sleep medicine textbook titled "Sleep Disorders in Pediatric Dentistry, Clinical Guide On Diagnosis and Management", in which she collaborated alongside the world leader in Myofunctional Therapy, Joy Moeller.
Martha is extremely involved in the profession acting as a past editor to the Long Island Dental Hygiene Association, past delegate to the Dental Hygienist Association of the State of New York, and delegate to the American Dental Hygiene Association. She is also a founding member and sits on the board of The Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, as well as a member of the International Functional Association.
Martha holds a passion for continuous research and bringing the latest cutting edge technology for her students and patients. It is this passion for education that has also driven Martha to offer more of her expertise to a wider audience with her online presence.