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
Martha Macaluso is a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist, Myofunctional Therapist, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Dental Hygiene educator. Martha is adjunct faculty at New York University College of Dentistry, where she teaches dental hygiene clinic. She is also faculty for the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT). Martha is extremely involved in the profession, acting as editor to the Long Island Dental Hygiene Association, delegate to the Dental Hygienist Association of the State of New York, and delegate to the American Dental Hygienists Association. She is an active member of the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, and the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences of which she is also a founding member. Martha lectures nation-wide about myofunctional disorders, and her knowledge and expertise has led her to publish various journal articles in the field of dentistry.