An Introductory Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Course
Presented By:

The Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

A four-day workshop designed for Speech, Medical and Dental professionals to help them incorporate myofunctional therapy into their practice.

Course Description

A four-day introductory workshop on Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, designed for speech pathology, medical, and dental professionals to help them incorporate orofacial myofunctional therapy into their practice. Included in the 30 hour course:

• Identification/Assessment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD)
• Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology of the Orofacial Complex
• Therapy Techniques to Treat Orofacial Dysfunction
• Habit Elimination Program (Thumbsucking)
• Habituation and Motivation
• Marketing and Administrative Issues
• Multidisciplinary Approach to OMD

Day One
7:45-8:00 Registration
• 8:00-10:00 Introductions/ Overview of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
• 10:00-10:15 Break
• 10:15-12:00 Etiology and Assessment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
• 12:00-1:00 Lunch
• 1:00-3:00 Review of Case Studies
• 3:00-3:15 Break
• 3:15-5:00 Anatomy of the orofacial complex

Day Two
• 8:00-10:15 Physiology of the orofacial complex
• 10:15-10:30 Break
• 10:30-12:00 Pathology and Neuropsychological principles
• 12:00-1:00 Lunch
• 1:00-3:15 Research and Protocols
• 3:15-3:30 Break
• 3:30-5:00 Measurements in assessment/ Principles of motivation, generalization and habituation

Day Three
• 8:00-10:00 Evaluation Appointment
• 10:00-10:15-Break
• 10:15-12:00 Habit Elimination Program (Thumbsucking)
• 12:00-1:00 Lunch
• 1:00-3:15 Treatment: Orofacial Myofunctional Exercises
• 3:15-3:30-Break
• 3:30-5:00 Treatment: Sequence of Treatment

Day Four
• 8:00-10:15 Treatment Continued
• 10:15-10:30 Break
• 10:30-11:00 Special Challenges for the Practitioner
• 11:00-12:00 TMD and OSA as comorbidities (This hour not for ASHA CE)
• 12:00–1:00 Lunch
• 1:00-2:30 The Interdisciplinary Approach
• 2:30–3:30 Successful Marketing
• 3:30-3:45 Break
• 3:45-4:30 Goal Setting /Success in therapy practice
• 4:30-5:00 Conclusion/Question-Answer

The fee for this course is $2300.00

Learning Outcomes:

1. Be able to discriminate between abnormal and optimal oral function
2. Identify five noxious habits impacting orofacial welfare
3. Recognize the symptoms of orofacial muscle dysfunction
4. Apply the principles of therapy to clients in need of treatment
5. Change incorrect habit patterns to patterns that support optimal function
6. Develop a motivational program to correct finger sucking habits
7. Review the principles of the Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of the orofacial complex
8. Review and examine the latest research that supports orofacial myofunctional therapy
9. Review measuring devices and measurements for objective assessment and progress reports
10. Establish therapy goals, compliance with “difficult” patients, motivational techniques
11. Develop caseload management skills and multidisciplinary relationships
12. Develop a compliance family plan for young children in therapy
13. Educate patients on the benefits of early intervention in orofacial myofunctional treatment
14. Estimate clients’ needs, compare alternatives, and establish a referral network
15. How to work with orthodontists, sleep specialists, and TMD specialists

Meet Our Instructors

Joy Moeller, BS, RDH
Joy is an RDH and is a former associate professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. She has been practicing orofacial myofunctional therapy for over 30 years.

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Lilyanna Zmijak, PhD, CCC-SLP
Lilyanna Zmijak is a licensed speech-language pathologist and former assistant professor in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (State University of New York- Plattsburgh; Florida Atlantic University).

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Melody OuYoung, M.S., CCC-SLP
Laishyang(Melody) Ouyoung, M.S., CCC-SLP, Lac, is the Manager of Speech Pathology at Keck Medical Center of USC in Los Angeles, California with over 30 years of experience.

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Instructional Personnel Disclosures:

Speaker, Joy Lea Moeller
Financial: receives speakers fees from the AOMT Non-financial: Joy Is personally related to the AOMT Managing Director and main shareholder, Marc Moeller; Joy is on the Advisory Board of the AOMT; Joy also serves on the Advisory Board of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, on the Board of the American Association for Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, and is on the Medical Committee of the American Sleep Apnea Association.

Speakers, Lilyanna Zmijak & Melody OuYoung
Financial: Lilyanna & Melody receive speaker’s fees from the AOMT.
Non-Financial: No non-financial disclosure.


This course is offered for 2.9 ASHA CEUs.
(Introductory level; Professional area).
Endo Education approval does not imply
endorsement of course content, specific
products or clinical procedures.

The AOMT is committed to providing a strong foundation in the field of orofacial myofunctional therapy. We ground our curriculum in the latest evidence-based research. We schedule several courses throughout the year at various locations across the USA.