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Friday: September 27,2024
8:00 am – 9:30 am (Class 1)
9:50 am – 11:20 am (Class 2)

Donny Mandrawa BDSc, FICOI, FPFA, FIADFE, PGDip

Presentation Title
Presentation 1: The Myofocus Take Off Algorithm: First Ever for Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
1.5 Hours/CEUs

Presentation 2: Dropping the E, G and O from Myofunctional Healthcare
1.5 Hours/CEUs

Education Level: Various

Class 1:
Diagnosing orofacial dysfunction requires specific skill and experience. Therefore,
prescribing appropriate exercises can be challenging. This presentation introduces
the first ever algorithm for this process. The Myofocus Take Off Algorithm can be
implemented in all aspects of orofacial-related dysfunction including mouth
breathing, sleep disorders, snoring, tongue tie, and jaw development.
Class 2:
In the myofunctional therapy world, healthcare providers from various disciplines
need to collaborate and connect, with one goal of serving patients to achieve
wholistic functional health. Communication and behavioural education skills support
team building and patient compliance. This seminar discusses strategies and
experiences regarding these aspects of care.
Presentation 1: As a result of this class, the participant will be able to:
• Describe why early intervention in orofacial myofunctional therapy is important.
• Discuss how the Myofocus Take Off Algorithm works.
• Summarize codes and levels of the algorithm.
• Explain how the algorithm is implemented with patients while illustrating results.
• Provide a brief description of tongue tie.

Presentation 2: As a result of this class, the participant will be able to:
• Explain the importance of communication.
• Identify an in-house team with a clear purpose.
• Identify a network of collaborating practitioners.
• Measure patient compliance.
• Analyze practice growth resulting from communication.

Class 1:
10 minutes: Why we need to start treatment early
5 minutes: How the whole body is interconnected
10 minutes: How the algorithm works
5 minutes: Codes and levels of the algorithm
10 minutes: Case study
10 minutes: Case study
10 minutes: The sequence of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
10 minutes: Tongue tie
10 minutes: Case study
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Time: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

Class 2:
10 minutes: What is communication?
10 minutes: The importance of collaboration for myofunctional health
15 minutes: Building a practice and team on the same page
15 minutes: Building a network of like-minded practitioners
15 minutes: How to guide and improve patient compliance
15 minutes: Growing a practice
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Time: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

In 1998, Dr. Donny graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia as a general dentist. His first exposure to Orofacial Myofunctional Orthodontics was in 2001. Beginning in 2002, he pursued further education in the areas of Dentofacial Orthopedics and Orthodontics, Oral Restrictions, and Orofacial Myofunctional Postural Airway Orthodontics taught by various multidisciplinary experts (i.e., orthodontists, dentists, speech pathologists, osteopaths, and chiropractor).

Since 2014, he has lectured internationally in Indonesia, Japan, Australia, USA, and Malaysia. Currently, he teaches as part of Myofocus Education, co-founded with Dr. Dan Hanson. Together, they co-created the Myofocus Take Off Algorithm, the first ever system of delivering Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy using individualized algorithmic prescriptions. They now have over 170 different prescriptions to train patients in correcting their orofacial dysfunctions.

Dr. Donny is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics. Additionally, he received his Post Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from the London Dental Institute in the United Kingdom.

As an airway centric myofunctional dentist, Dr. Donny operates two centres in Melbourne, Australia. He now restricts his practice to Early Intervention Orofacial Myofunctional Dentistry, within the scopes of Dentofacial Orthopedics, Orthodontics, Dental Sleep Medicine, and Tethered Oral Tissue Revision. His youngest patient, so far, was 2 days old. His oldest patient was 74 years of age.

Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Mandrawa is a co-educator for Myofocus Education and is a co-owner of the business, providing continuing education courses, seminars, and symposiums globally. He also runs two private dental clinics in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Mandrawa is the co-founder and co-owner of Myofocus Australia, trading as Myofocus Education. He is also the founder and owner of Mandrawa Dental, trading as The Myofunctional Centre, in North Melbourne and North Balwyn, Australia. Dr. Mandrawa received travel expenses, one night hotel stay, a convention registration waiver, and a complimentary vendor table as agreed upon for this presentation.

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Dr Mandrawa is not affiliated with nor receiving any remuneration or commissions from other brands or product companies, including Myo Munchee, Myofunctional Research Company, Myobrace, Healthy Start, Myospots, Froggy Mouth, Sleepystrips, and others.

Friday: September 27, 2024
11:20 am – 12:50 pm (Class 3)

Susan Sheahan, DMD

Presentation Title
The Nasal Breathing Revolution with Nitric Oxide
1.5 Hours/CEUs
Education Level: Introductory

This course addresses nasal breathing and the production of nitric oxide. Healthcare providers play a critical role in educating patients about functional nasal breathing and the connection to proper skull development and healthy immunity. Participants will learn how to identify dysfunction, formulate a plan of action, and evaluate for success.
As a result of this class, the participant will be able to:
• Identify nasal breathing dysfunction.
• Describe the connection of nasal breathing to proper development and optimal health.
• Explain how nitric oxide is produced.
• Formulate a healthy breathing program.
• Define a successful outcome and interventions if needed.
20 minutes: Nitric oxide defined and importance in body function
20 minutes: Assessing nasal breathing function/dysfunction
20 minutes: Tools/techniques to establish healthy breathing patterns
20 minutes: Evaluate outcomes and interventions
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Hours: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

Dr. Susan Sheahan graduated from Nova Southeastern University and served in the Air Force after graduation. She trained with The Breathe Institute and completed the Master Series at Implant Seminars. Since 2007, she has built her practice, Cortez Dental, in Bradenton Florida and has 3 associates. She recently launched a new airway-centered practice, Breathing and Functional Dentistry, in the same location. She is a tongue-tie release provider, a Vivos DNA provider, and a platinum provider of the POD and Homeoblock. In her office, Dr. Sheahan offers expansion devices, sleep devices, and CO2 laser assisted frenectomies for infants, children, and adults with the support of myofunctional therapy. Dr. Sheahan is a liaison for the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, an ambassador of The Breathe Institute, a Fellow of the International Implant Association, a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, ADA, and AGD. Her passion is the topic of nitric oxide as it relates to optimal health, maxillofacial development, homeostasis in the human body, and proper breathing.
Financial Disclosures:

Dr. Sheahan has a dental and airway-centered practice in Bradenton, Florida. She is a tongue-tie release provider, a Vivos DNA provider, and a platinum provider of the POD and Homeoblock. Dr. Sheahan received a registration waiver, travel expenses, one night hotel stay, and an honorarium for this convention.

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Dr. Sheahan is a liaison for the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, an ambassador of The Breathe Institute, a Fellow of the International Implant Association, a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as well as a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals, ADA, and AGD.

Friday: September 27, 2024
1:50 pm – 3:20 pm (Class 4)
3:40 pm – 5:10 pm (Class 5)

Yulli Tamayo-Myerson RHDT, CMT, OMT, CMA

Presentation Title
Presentation 1: Biological Laws of Human Biomechanics in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
1.5 Hours/CEUs
Presentation 2: Finding My Balance: “My Myo Ikigai”
1.5 Hours/CEUs

Education Level: Intermediate

Class 4:
The biological laws of human biomechanics in orofacial myofunctional therapy are important as they form the principles of physical therapy and help individuals make sense of mechanisms used to achieve orofacial neuromuscular rehabilitation. These proven laws help with understanding structure, function, and motion of human biological systems.

Class 5:
The Ikigai concept is the feeling of accomplishment and fulfilment which follows when people pursue their passions. This is a reason for getting up in the morning and where individuals focus their energy to find ultimate fulfilment. The Ikigai concept influences people’s lives, empowers patients, and helps them succeed.

Class 4:
As a result of this class, the participant will be able to:
• Define biological laws related to orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT).
• Discuss why biological laws are important for OMT.
• Identify biological laws applicable to OMT.
• Summarize the importance of referring to biological laws when speaking with patients.

Class 5:
As a result of this class, the participant will be able to:
• Explain the Ikigai concept.
• Describe current life balance and spot potential burnout risk factors.
• Summarize the intersections between what practitioners love, what they do well, what the world needs, and what practitioners get paid.
• Define Hedonia and Eudaimonia.
• Summarize treating and looking after oneself to become better practitioners and keep a balance in personal lives.

Class 4:
30 minutes: Overview of biological laws related to orofacial myofunctional
therapy (OMT)
10 minutes: Why are biological laws important to OMT?
30 minutes: Which biological laws are applied to OMT and when?
10 minutes: The importance of referring to biological laws when speaking with patients
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Time: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

Class 5:
10 minutes: What is the Ikigai concept?
20 minutes: Current life balance and how to spot potential burnout risk factors
20 minutes: How practitioners can balance work and home life
20 minutes: What are Hedonia and Eudaimonia?
10 minutes: How to look after oneself while improving practice skills
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Time: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

Yulli is the Founder at Myofunctional Therapy UK, volunteer President of the British Society of Myofunctional Therapy, and the Founder of The Myobreathe Foundation and Clubs. She has a background in Clinical Massage Therapy and other forms of bodywork including Osteopathic Manual Techniques. She trained as a Dental Nurse in 1997 and subsequently qualified as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist from King’s College London in 2009. In 2017 she began her journey in Orofacial Myology and has continued to practice and develop in all three areas of clinical practice (i.e., bodywork, dentistry, orofacial myology).

​Additionally, Yulli trained in Cognitive Behavioural Techniques, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Buteyko Breathing Re-education, Comprehensive Tethered Oral Tissues Assessment, Dental and Medical Acupuncture, Temporomandibular Joint Rehabilitation Therapy and Osteopathic Technics, Adult and Pediatric Polysomnography, Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Dental Sleep Medicine, Primitive Reflex Integration, Dental CranioSacral Therapy, as well as Lactation Support.

Yulli has mentored and trained team members over the years, ensuring they have access to regularly updated knowledge and support sessions. She has traveled extensively over the years to complete her education in Orafacial Myology. Additionally, Yulli has dedicated the last couple of years to writing guidelines and protocols, as well as developing her now “patent pending” Orofacial Myology tool.

Yulli is the volunteer President of the British Society of Myofunctional Therapy. The aim of the society is to raise public and professional awareness of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and their effects in the orofacial complex, teeth, and airway; highlighting the early signs of Sleep Disordered Breathing and its correlation with mouth breathing and poor orofacial development. She sits on the board as an honorary member of the British Association of Sleep Surgeons as an allied specialist, and on the Volunteer Board at the American Association for Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.

Yulli is a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals, The British Sleep Society, The Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, The British Association of Sleep Surgeons, The British Dental Acupuncture Society, The British Society of Myofunctional Therapy, and The Association of Neurolinguistic Programming. She frequently lectures for dental and medical clinicians to increase knowledge of all areas of Orofacial Myology. Yulli lectures every year, since 2019, for the Imperial College’s Medical Faculty on the topic of Orofacial Myology as a treatment modality for pediatric sleep apnea.

Financial Disclosures:
Yulli Tamayo-Myerson owns Myofunctional Therapy UK for which she is compensated. She also sells books and orofacial myofunctional tools through her company. Yulli Tamayo-Myerson received a registration waiver, reimbursement for travel expenses, one night hotel stay, and a complimentary vendor table for this convention.

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Yulli Tamayo-Myerson is the volunteer President of the British Society of Myofunctional Therapy. She sits on the board as an honorary member of the British Association of Sleep Surgeons as an allied specialist, and on the Volunteer Board at the American Association for Physiological Medicine and Dentistry. Yulli is a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals, The British Sleep Society, The Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, The British Association of Sleep Surgeons, The British Dental Acupuncture Society, The British Society of Myofunctional Therapy, and The Association of Neurolinguistic Programming.

Saturday: September 28, 2024
8:00 am – 9:30 am (Class 6 Part A)
9:50 am – 11:20 am (Class 6 Part B)

Soroush Zaghi, MD

Presentation Title
A Functional Approach to Sleep & Breathing: Tongue-Tie/Tone & Tongue Space
Must attend Parts A and B for 3.0 Hours/CEUs
Education Level: Introductory

This presentation explores the impact of ankyloglossia and related issues on speech, sleep, breathing, growth, development, and myofunctional health. It covers advanced diagnostic and treatment approaches for tongue, lip, and buccal ties; as well as nasal obstruction, adeno-tonsillar hypertrophy, and tongue-space issues though integration of emerging research into clinical practice.
As a result of this class/activity, the participant will be able to:
• Describe the impact of restricted tongue-mobility (tongue-tie), oral dysfunction (tongue-tone), and maxillofacial underdevelopment (tongue-space) on mouth breathing, clenching, grinding, sleep issues, fatigue, depression, anxiety, neck tension, pain, postural dysfunction, and fascial restrictions.
• Apply the FAIREST-6 as an objective, validated screening tool based on physical examination characteristics to evaluate for risk of pediatric sleep-disordered breathing.
• Explain the use of differential diagnosis for the root-causes of sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep bruxism, and cycle of oral dysfunction in pediatric and adult populations; as well as be able to screen for and identify the clinical signs of mouth breathing, tongue-tie, limited tongue-space, sleep-disordered breathing, and myofunctional disorders among patients in your practice.
• Tell how the clinical definition of ankyloglossia has evolved over recent years and describe the role and limitations of tongue-tie surgery in the broader context of myofunctional (tongue-tone) and maxillofacial (tongue-space) issues.
• Identify how a functional approach to sleep, breathing, tongue-tie, and maxillofacial development can be implemented to optimize the health and wellness of every patient.
15 minutes: Introduction and overview on the importance of sleep, breathing, and oral function
30 minutes: Impact of restricted tongue mobility in the context of oral dysfunction and tongue space issues
15 minutes: Utilizing the FAIREST-6 Screening Tool
30 minutes: Treatment strategies for nasal obstruction, sleep bruxism, mouth breathing, and sleep-disordered breathing
30 minutes: Evolution of ankyloglossia clinical definitions
30 minutes: Treatment of ankyloglossia, lip, and buccal ties
20 minutes: Wound healing management
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Hours: 180 minutes (3 hours)
Dr. Soroush Zaghi graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed residency in ENT (Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery) at UCLA, and Sleep Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University. He now serves as medical director of The Breathe Institute where the focus of his sub-specialty training is on the comprehensive treatment of nasal obstruction, mouth breathing, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea in children and adults. He is extremely active in clinical research with over 90+ peer-reviewed research publications in the fields of neuroscience, head and neck surgery, myofunctional therapy, and sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Zaghi is particularly interested in studying the impact of tethered-oral tissues (such as tongue-tie) and oral myofascial dysfunction on maxillofacial development, upper airway resistance syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea, especially as it relates to pediatric populations. He is an invited lecturer, author, and journal reviewer for topics relating to the diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing and tongue-tie disorders in children and adults.
Financial Disclosures:
Dr. Soroush Zaghi received an honorarium for this IAOM presentation. Additionally, Dr. Zaghi receives income from courses and continuing education presentations through The Breathe Institute. Light Scalpel is a financial sponsor of many conferences that invite Dr. Zaghi to speak. Xlear provides samples and sponsorship of courses and conferences Dr. Zaghi presents. VIO2 Mouth Tape, Hostage Mouth Tape, and Neil Med Sinus Rinse provide free samples to Dr. Zaghi for clinic patients. Dr. Zaghi receives an honorarium for presentations for Myofunctional Research
Company/Myobrace.

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Dr. Soroush Zaghi is an author and researcher. Research studies published by Dr. Zaghi will be discussed during this presentation, including the FAIREST-6.

Saturday: September 28, 2024
11:30 am – 12:30 pm (Class 7)

Nora Ghodousi-Zaghi, DDS

Presentation Title
Enhancing Pediatric Airway Health: The Role of Dental Interventions
1.0 Hour/CEU
Education Level: Introductory

This lecture delves into the role of pediatric dentistry in airway health, specifically addressing how dental interventions like expansion, early identification, and collaborative treatment of oral restrictions in infancy can significantly improve breathing and overall health in children. The presentation explores the latest techniques and approaches in dental interventions.
As a result of this class, the participant will be able to:
• Discuss typical and atypical anatomy and physiology.
• Describe effective assessment of airway issues using the latest techniques.
• Explain how dental expansion can improve airway and overall health.
• Summarize the role of frenectomies and other treatment options.
• Identify current best practices and ongoing need for new knowledge.
10 minutes: Pediatric airway obstruction, anatomy, and physiology
10 minutes: Diagnostic techniques and assessment approaches
10 minutes: Dental expansion
10 minutes: Frenectomies for airway health
10 minutes: Best practices and future directions
10 minutes: Questions and Answers

Total Instructional Time: 60 minutes (1 hour)

Dr. Nora Ghodousi-Zaghi received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Southern California (USC). She specialized in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Nevada (UNLV) and is a board- certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a Regent Scholarship Magna Cum Laude graduate from UCLA and received the Pediatric Health Award for her volunteer efforts in the underserved community. She completed a two-year Pediatric Dental Residency program at UNLV, where she gained experience providing high-level dental and orthodontic care for fragile, behaviorally challenging, and medically compromised pediatric patients. Empowered by her mission to educate young patients and their families on habits leading to positive oral health and orofacial development, Dr. Ghodousi-Zaghi creates a positive and caring dental experience for her patients. She is dedicated to delivering functional and integrative oral health care, along with interceptive orthodontics at Breathe Kids Dental. Her approach emphasizes the importance of overall health and well- being. Dr. Ghodousi-Zaghi collaborates closely with The Breathe Institute.

Additionally, she serves as an instructor and provider at Myobrace. She is also an active participant in the dental conference circuit, where she provides educational lectures focusing on pediatric dentistry. Furthermore, she has provided lectures for TalkTools and others.

Financial Disclosures:
Dr. Ghodousi-Zaghi received an honorarium for this presentation. Additionally, Dr. Nora Ghodousi-Zaghi delivers functional and integrative oral health care, along with interceptive orthodontics, at Breathe Kids Dental. She collaborates closely with The Breathe Institute and has received financial compensation for her contributions. She also serves as an instructor and provider at Myobrace, a role for which she has been compensated. She is also an active participant in the dental conference circuit, where she has been remunerated for her educational lectures focusing on pediatric dentistry. Furthermore, she has provided lectures for Talk Tools and others, receiving compensation for her efforts.

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Dr. Ghodousi-Zaghi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the AAPD, ADA, and CDA, and she serves as a part of the Project Sleep Board of Advisors.

Saturday: September 28, 2024
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Class 8 Part A)
3:20 pm – 4:50 pm (Class 8 Part B)

Vanessa Anderson-Smith MA CCC-SLP COM®

Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®

Rehab Zaytoun, MD

Presentation Title
Cultural Competence, Humility, and Responsiveness in Myofunctional Therapy
Must attend Parts A and B for 3.0 Hours/CEUs
The DEI session is offered separately for 0.3 ASHA CEUs, various levels.
All sessions, excluding the DEI session, are offered for up to 1.8 ASHA CEUs, various levels. The entire conference is offered for up to 2.1 ASHA CEUs, various levels.

Education Level: Various

This seminar addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in myofunctional assessment and treatment. Professionals develop cultural knowledge (i.e., competency and humility) and responsiveness through interactions with colleagues, patients, and interdisciplinary providers. These lifelong learning skills are crucial for daily practice in our multicultural world.
As a result of this seminar, the participant will be able to:
• Define cultural competency, cultural humility, culturally responsive practice, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as they relate to myofunctional assessment and treatment.
• Identify the professional’s role in assessing and treating myofunctional disorders in a multicultural world.
• Discuss current literature on DEI and the need for future knowledge.
30 minutes: Humility, responsiveness, and collaboration in myofunctional therapy
15 minutes: Competency in practice
20 minutes: Humility call to action
20 minutes: Responsiveness call to action
20 minutes: Collaboration call to action
30 minutes: Myofunctional therapy practice in a multicultural world
15 minutes: Lifelong professional roles RE: diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
15 minutes: Responsibility for furthering knowledge of DEI
15 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Time: 180 minutes (3 hours)
Vanessa Anderson-Smith is a speech-language pathologist and Certified Orofacial Myologist® in South Dakota, United States of America. She owns a growing multidisciplinary private practice with 2 clinic locations. Vanessa attended Augustana University for her undergraduate degree, the University of South Dakota for her master’s degree, and is currently attending Northwestern University for her doctorate in speech-language pathology. She is a TalkTools® instructor and one of the developers of the course Feeding Foundations: A Kaleidoscope Model. Her special interests include feeding therapy, orofacial myology, early intervention, and motor speech disorders.

Monica Purdy is the owner of Kids Abilities Indiana, Inc. She received a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State University. Monica has been practicing for over 20 years and is trained in Oral Placement Therapy, Feeding Therapy, Articulation, PROMPT, SOS, and TOTS (Tethered Oral Tissues). She is an advocate for multimodality communication. Monica is a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM®) through the IAOM. She is also an instructor for TalkTools® through which she educates professionals and parents across the USA and internationally.

Rehab Zaytoun MD is a Medical Doctor with a Medical Doctorate in Phoniatrics. She is a Kasr Aini, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University graduate. Rehab received her master’s degree in communication, swallowing, and voice disorders in 2011 and received her Medical Doctorate in 2015 from the Faculty of Medicine Cairo University. She is currently a lecturer of Phoniatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, Fayoum University.

Rehab is currently the head of the Speech and Language Department at the Learning Resource Center (LRC), Maadi. She also owns the CliniCare Private Practice in Cairo where she serves children and adults with a variety of communication and feeding difficulties. Additionally, Rehab is a Speech, Language, Feeding, and Oral Placement Therapy Consultant at ABLE UK Dubai and a regular speaker at local and international Phoniatrics Conferences and Congresses.

Rehab is the first advanced PROMPT trained therapist in the Middle East. She is also the first Level 4 -TalkTools Assessor in the Middle East to work with children with muscle-based feeding and speech difficulties. She is currently a member of the TalkTools Speakers Team.

Her additional certifications and trainings include:
• NOMAS Certification to assess and treat neonates with sucking difficulties
• Level 2 Rhythmic and Brain Gym Qualifications for reflex integration and sensory processing
• Beckman Facilitation Techniques for motor-based feeding difficulties
• The SOS approach for sensory-based feeding difficulties
• Orofacial Myofunctional Assessment and Treatment (28-hour course)
• Hannen Certification for educating parents to support their children with language delay
• Use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
• Lindamood-Bell Programs to develop language processing and literacy
• The Orton-Gillingham Approach to work with children who have dyslexia
• Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Certification

Financial Disclosures for Vanessa Anderson-Smith: Vanessa Anderson-Smith
received a registration waiver, 1 night hotel stay, and an honorarium for this presentation. She is the owner of Anderson-Smith Therapy Institute in Sioux Falls and Brandon, SD. Vanessa is an instructor for TalkTools and is paid an honorarium when teaching. She is a co-author of Feeding Foundations: A Kaleidoscope Model for which she receives an honorarium when it is taught.

Financial Disclosures for Monica Purdy: Monica Purdy received a convention registration waiver, 1 night hotel stay, and a vendor table for this presentation. Monica also owns a private practice and is a TalkTools instructor.

Financial Disclosures for Rehab Zaytoun: Rehab Zaytoun, MD received an honorarium, one night hotel stay, travel reimbursement, and complimentary convention registration for this presentation. She is a lecturer of Phoniatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, Fayoum University and the head of the Speech and Language Department at the Learning Resource Center (LRC), Maadi. Rehab owns the CliniCare Private Practice in Cairo. She is a Speech, Language, Feeding, and Oral Placement Therapy Consultant at ABLE UK Dubai, a regular speaker at local and international Phoniatrics Conferences and Congresses, as well as a member of the TalkTools Speaker’s Team.

Non-Financial Disclosures for Vanessa Anderson-Smith: Vanessa Anderson-Smith is one of the developers of the course Feeding Foundations: A Kaleidoscope Model. She is a member of the IAOM and ASHA. She is also on the board of the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Non-Financial Disclosures for Monica Purdy: Monica Purdy is also one of the developers of the course Feeding Foundations: A Kaleidoscope Model. She is a member of ASHA and the IAOM.

Non-Financial Disclosures for Rehab Zaytoun: Rehab Zaytoun, MD is one of the developers of the course Feeding Foundations: A Kaleidoscope Model. She has NOMAS Certification, Hannen Certification, and Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Certification.

Sunday: September 29, 2024
8:00 am – 9:30 am (Class 9)

Shifa Shamsudeen, MDS, D.ABDSM

Presentation Title
Is Prevention of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Possible?
1.5 Hours/CEUs
Education Level: Introductory

Sleep disordered breathing encompasses a spectrum of issues that affect breathing patterns in sleep. The issues broadly range from simple mouth breathing to severe apneas. Medical literature discusses numerous non-invasive or invasive methods to salvage the situation; however, there are few prevention protocols to date.
Learner Outcomes
As a result of this class, the participant will be able to:
1. Identify oral myofunctional disorders.
2. Implement treatment approaches in their practices.
3. Outline the connection between myofunctional disorders and sleep disordered breathing.
4. Describe the role of tongue as a respiratory organ.
10 minutes: Importance of sleep, What is sleep disordered breathing (SDB)? Effects of SDB
10 minutes: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the tongue’s role in mouth breathing
10 minutes: Tongue tie prevalence and evidence, effect of tongue ties on sleep
10 minutes: Effect of tongue ties on posture, TMJ, cavities, etc.
10 minutes: Revisiting the risk factors of OSA
10 minutes: Case presentations
5 minutes: Evidence in the literature
5 minutes: Differences between tongue restriction and dysfunction
5 minutes: Case presentations
5 minutes: Conclusion
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Hours: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

DR SHIFA SHAMSUDEEN is a Preventive Pediatric Dentist. She had a Fellowship in Dental Sleep Medicine at Tufts University and is an International Certificant of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Her expertise includes functional tongue tie release, pediatric dental sleep medicine, orofacial myofunctional therapy, and preventive pediatric dentistry. In 2011, she founded LITTLE WE – preventive holistic dental care centres in tier 3 cities to make dentistry accessible for everyone. She is also the founder of the Institute of Craniofacial Myology and Pediatric Sleep which trains professionals in the field of airway-focused dentistry. Additionally, she is the founder and trustee of The Tongue foundation – an NGO initiated to emphasize the role of the tongue in craniofacial growth and function. Dr. Shifa is the creator of the Myoline protocol – a strategically curated myofunctional program that helps align teeth naturally without extractions. She has successfully helped more than 700 children achieve naturally aligned teeth. She is also a member of various prestigious international organizations. These include the International Association of Orofacial Myology, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals to name a few. Additionally, she is an ambassador for The Breath Institute.

Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Shamsudeen founded LITTLE WE – preventive holistic dental care centres in tier 3 cities to make dentistry accessible for everyone. She is also the founder of the Institute of Craniofacial Myology and Pediatric Sleep which trains professionals in the field of airway-focused dentistry. Dr. Shamsudeen is the creator of the Myoline protocol – a strategically curated myofunctional program that helps align teeth naturally without extractions. Dr. Shamsudeen received a registration waiver, travel expenses, and one night hotel accommodation for this convention.

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Dr. Shamsudeen is the founder and trustee of The Tongue foundation – an NGO initiated to emphasize the role of the tongue in craniofacial growth and function. She is also a member of various prestigious international organizations. These include the International Association of Orofacial Myology, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals to name a few. Additionally, she is an ambassador for The Breath Institute.

Sunday: September 29, 2024
9:50 am – 11:20 am (Class 10)

Nicole Archambault, EdS, MS, CCC-SLP, CYMHS, CSSC

Presentation Title
The Heart of the Pivot: Moving Children & Families Beyond the Airway
1.5 Hours/CEUs
Education Level: Intermediate

Children with daytime airway issues and sleep disordered breathing often present with neurobehavioral sequelae and signs/symptoms of autonomic dysregulation. The far-reaching influence of dysregulation impacts daily function, quality of life, and participation in myofunctional therapy. This lecture introduces a Space/Pace method to improve a child’s self-regulation within a whole-family framework.
As a result of this class, the participant will be able to:
• Describe the overlap in presenting symptoms between sleep related breathing disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), sensory processing differences, & histamine intolerance.
• Define self-regulation as it pertains to childhood functions and those that impede the therapeutic process.
• Apply three techniques for integration of self-regulation within a whole- child/whole-family framework.
20 minutes: How sleep disordered breathing relates to other childhood conditions
20 minutes: Definition of self-regulation pertaining to childhood function
20 minutes: Three techniques for the integration of self-regulation
20 minutes: How the Space/Pace method improves whole-child/whole-family life
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Time: 90 minutes, 1.5 hours
Nicole is an ASHA board certified speech-language pathologist with a unique blend of sub-specialties. She is the Founder of Allspace Therapy in Los Angeles, California and is the myofunctional therapy section leader for the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry (AAPMD).  She is a graduate of the Mind, Brain, Teaching graduate certificate program at Johns Hopkins University.

Nicole is a national and international speaker, as well as a published author on the topics of educational neuroscience, orofacial myofunctional therapy, airway function disorders and the autonomic nervous system, as well as sleep wellness in pediatrics. Her first article for The ASHA Leader (2015) on sleep-disordered breathing and tongue-ties garnered a Bronze Excel Award from Association Media & Publishing for Best Column.

Nicole is a passionate advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration and public health awareness on airway health and sleep. Alongside an interdisciplinary team of colleagues on the FAIREST: Functional AIRway Evaluation Screening Tool (Pilot Study, Phase 1), she has contributed to research on nasal breathing.

Financial Disclosures:
Nicole Archambault received 1 night hotel stay, convention registration, and an honorarium as agreed upon for this presentation. Nicole is the Founder of Allspace Therapy in Los Angeles, California.

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Nicole Archambault is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Myofunctional Therapy Section Leader for the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry (AAPMD). Alongside an interdisciplinary team of colleagues on the FAIREST: Functional AIRway Evaluation Screening Tool (Pilot Study, Phase 1), she has contributed to research on nasal breathing.

Sunday: September 29, 2024
12:20 pm – 2:20 pm (Class 11)

Christine M. Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L, SWC

Presentation Title
How Tethered Oral Tissues Can Impact Infant Sleeping/Breathing/Feeding/Movement
2 Hours/CEUs
Education Level: Introductory

This presentation discusses the impact of oral ties on the quality of sleeping, breathing, feeding, and movement in infancy and beyond from an occupational therapy (OT) perspective. OT is unique in that therapists can evaluate and treat sensory motor problems, primitive reflex retention, etc. pertaining to mouth and airway development.
As a result of this class, the participant will be able to:
• Identify developmental red flags pertaining to sensory processing, retained reflexes, and/or developmental motor delays.
• Summarize how occupational therapy (OT) assessment and treatment contribute to orofacial myofunctional therapy and when to refer.
• Apply recommended OT activities in a corresponding treatment plan for optimal functional outcomes related to mouth and airway development.
• Describe how infant foundational skills (e.g., sensory regulation, reflex integration, tummy time, etc.) relate to toddlers, children, and adults with orofacial myofunctional disorders.
• Discuss how to integrate one’s respective profession and expertise into a comprehensive, transdisciplinary approach to address orofacial myofunctional issues.
5 minutes: Introduction to OT, Frames of Reference, Infant OT
20 minutes: Sensory Integration & Regulation/Relation to Ties
5 minutes: Case Study
20 minutes: Primitive Reflexes including Oral Reflexes/Relation to Ties
5 minutes: Case Study
20 minutes: Breastfeeding, Bottle Feeding, Solids/Relation to Ties
5 minutes: Case Study
20 minutes: Infant Sleeping & Breathing/Relation to Ties
5 minutes: Case Study
5 minutes: Tie-ing it All Together/Referring
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Hours: 120 minutes (2 hours)

Dr. Nguyen is a board-certified and licensed occupational therapist. She received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree from the University of Southern California in 2010. She currently has a private practice in San Marino, CA, where she serves as the Director and Founder of The Center for Infant Tethered Oral Ties™. The Center’s primary mission is to simplify the patient’s plan of care via short-term, applicable therapy to attain effective results while implementing a comprehensive home program with parent/provider education.

Dr. Nguyen’s scope of practice includes pre- and post- oral sensory motor frenectomy therapy, feeding therapy (e.g., breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, transitioning to solids, etc.), evaluating and providing therapy for children who are failure to thrive, have torticollis, plagiocephaly, and any related developmental concerns. She focuses on the quality of a baby’s sleeping, breathing, feeding, and functional mobility. Dr. Nguyen is passionate about teaching for conferences, schools, private practices, and parent groups, as well as mentoring clinicians in the field of infant care. She is a frequent guest lecturer for The Breathe Institute’s Myo Masterminds Program and the Children’s Center at Caltech. Dr. Nguyen’s approach is trans-disciplinary. She takes pride in her thorough evaluations, her communication and collaboration with team members, as well as her connections with families.

Financial Disclosures:
Dr. Christine Nguyen received 1 night hotel stay, convention registration, and an honorarium as agreed upon for this presentation. Dr. Nguyen has a private practice in San Marino, CA, where she serves as the Director and Founder of The Center for Infant Tethered Oral Ties™. She is a frequent guest lecturer for The Breathe Institute’s Myo Masterminds Program and the Children’s Center at Caltech.

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Dr Nguyen is passionate about teaching for conferences, schools, private practices, and parent groups, as well as mentoring clinicians in the field of infant care.

Sunday: September 29, 2024
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Class 12)

Nancy Pearl Solomon, PhD, CCC-SLP

Harrison N. Jones, PhD, CCC-SLP

Presentation Title
Myofunctional Approaches to the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
1.5 Hours/CEUs
Education Level: Intermediate

Emerging evidence suggests myofunctional therapy (MFT) may be beneficial for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This seminar will provide an overview of OSA including clinical/laboratory assessments, traditional treatments, and the role of MFT in OSA for speech-language pathologists and dental health professionals.
As a result of this class/activity, the participant will be able to:
• State the definition of obstructive sleep apnea and identify levels of severity.
• List clinical/laboratory evaluations for the assessment of the signs and symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
• List traditional treatments (e.g., lifestyle modifications, prosthetic and surgical interventions, etc.) for obstructive sleep apnea.
• Describe at least two myofunctional approaches that may be therapeutic for obstructive sleep apnea.
15 minutes: Introduction: Definitions, Prevalence, Etiology, Clinical Presentation, & Risk Factors
10 minutes: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Assessment
15 minutes: Traditional OSA Treatments
30 minutes: Myofunctional Therapy for OSA and Current Evidence
10 minutes: Scope of Practice, Training, and Competency
10 minutes: Questions and Answers
Total Instructional Time: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)
Nancy Pearl Solomon, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Research Speech-Language Pathologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland. Dr. Solomon is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy, and is an Editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. She has published over 100 articles on topics ranging from speech breathing in Parkinson’s disease to dysphagia and cognitive-communication impairments in traumatic brain injury. Her primary areas of research focus on normal and disordered aspects of voice and speech production in adults.

Harrison N. Jones, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences (HNSCS) at the Duke University School of Medicine and is a clinical speech-language pathologist at Duke University Hospital. His clinical background is in speech-language pathology. In his hospital clinical role, he evaluates and treats communication, swallowing, and upper airway disorders in medically complex adults and children. His research interests include dysphagia in patients across the lifespan, motor speech disorders, orofacial and respiratory muscle weakness, and behavioral treatments. He presented with Dr. Nancy Pearl Solomon on the role of the speech-language pathologist in managing obstructive sleep apnea at the 2022 ASHA conference. He currently serves as Medical Director of the HNSCS Clinical Research Unit.

Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Solomon has no financial conflicts to disclose related to the course’s content.
Dr. Solomon received a registration waiver and travel expenses for this convention.

Harrison N. Jones is a salaried Associate Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine and a speech-language pathologist in the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology at Duke Health. He has received research/grant support and honoraria from Sanofi Genzyme, honoraria from Amicus Therapeutics, and royalties from Northern Speech Services. He is a consultant for Aspire Products, LLC and receives royalties for the Inspiratory Adapter 150. He is a consultant for Pattern Health and receives royalties for the Observer-Reported Communication Ability (ORCA) measure. Dr. Jones received a registration waiver and 1 night hotel stay for this convention.

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Nancy Peal Solomon is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy as an unpaid volunteer.

Harrison N. Jones has no non-financial disclosures related to the course’s content.

The IAOM Convention provides participants opportunities to explore, discuss, and network on current orofacial myofunctional research, assessment/treatment techniques, and resources. Instructors from a variety of disciplines and countries share their expertise on crucial topics such as human biomechanics, airway/breathing/sleep, variability in oral function, and responsive patient/family care.


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