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Discover the Myofunctional Therapy Puzzle

See it – Hear it – Do it
Comprehensive Introductory Course
30-hour - 4 day
By Patricia Pine, COM®

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This program is intended for licensed dental hygienists, dentists, speech pathologists, allied health professionals. The course work will provide a trained licensed professional with the philosophy to progress forward in providing Orofacial Myology Therapy.

The introductory course provides the participant with a head-to-toe understanding of how the body's muscles coordinate with its oral function. There will be no muscle untouched.

Attendees (RDH, DDS, SLP) will participate in instructive education with hands-on activities designed to start their program.

Topics included are:

  • Identification of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD)
  • Anatomy/embryology/physiology
  • Therapy techniques to eliminate orofacial disorders
  • Habit elimination, i.e., thumbsucking
  • Chewing/drinking/swallowing abnormalities
  • Creating a plan for interdisciplinary professional connections
  • Linking sleep disorders with myofunctional disorders
  • Identify effects of TOTS - birth through adulthood

Learning Outcomes

  • Review research that supports orofacial myofunctional therapy
  • Review head to toe Myofunctional compensations
  • Provide an assessment with a partner
  • Write a report for referring professionals
  • Create forms for a variety of referrals
  • Design exercises to meet the patients' needs
  • Demonstrate therapeutic exercises for dysfunctional disorders
  • Discover how to measure conditions for baseline
  • Recognize frenums for tongue-ties, lip-ties, buccal ties.
  • Discover how body structure affects the oral structure
  • Connect how "the spot" intertwines with function
  • Distinguish between abnormal & ideal oral function
  • Identify unhealthy habits impacting orofacial function
  • Recognize symptoms of orofacial muscle abnormalities
  • Learn the relationship of the tongue to the body system
  • Develop a treatment plan & report
  • Establish principles for treatment to move forward
  • Discuss when to refer to the interdisciplinary team
  • Educate the patient on their needs, wants, and alternatives for their best interest
  • Motivate the client/patient to want myofunctional therapy for life-long health benefits
  • Justify the exercise for the disorder
  • Discover the 4 phases of normal swallow vs. abnormal swallow
  • Identify habituation
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Put the Pieces of the Puzzle together with the "Discovery Team"
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This lecture and hands-on course will have participants: 

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  • Complete an assessment with measurements
  • Evaluate your partner for myofunctional disorders
  • Assess the health history to provide clues to disorders
  • Understand muscle function during MYO techniques
  • Connect posture with oral disorders
  • Evaluate supplies available for therapy usage
  • Learn therapeutic muscle exercises
  • And much, much more

Your instructor
Patricia Pine, RDH, COM

Pat has practiced as a licensed dental hygienist for over 40 years, integrating whole health with oral health. Pats' speaking experience has been international and national on various topics in dentistry for the last 20 years, and her experience teaching clinical dental hygiene brings learning to the forefront. Years ago, Pat saw a need in dentistry to assist offices and teams in OSHA & infection prevention. As a federally trained OSHA "train the trainer," she keeps dental teams safe.

Pat has advanced her education to join IAOM, becoming a Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. Her practice, Muscles in Harmony, has been performing for over seven years. Pat believes in hands-on training.  Her mantra is, "We need to see it, hear it and do it." This type of venue is valuable for the variety of learning skills. Ms. Pine has organized study groups in her area to join interdisciplinary professionals to assist patients in optimal health – head to toe. Her passion is to help all age groups starting from orofacial disorders to other health concerns, referring as needed. Pat is presently on the IAOM board, contributing to the education committee, newsletter, and welcoming all new Certified Orofacial Myologists.

Pat is the author of "Please Release Me – the Tethered Oral Tissue (TOTs) Puzzle." Pat was inspired to write this book after her personal experience with her sons tethered oral tissues. Her hands-on approach to teaching has made her OSHA Training Boot Camp an enormous success.

Pat is the owner of Muscles in Harmony in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Please join us for a 4- day - 30-hour program of fun and discovery.

Contact Pat at info@musclesinharmony.com with any questions.

What do You Need to Know?

Who can take this course?

This course is offered to licensed professionals - Licensed Dental Hygienists (RDH), Dentists (DDS), Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), Registered Nurses (RN), Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT).

What is the course fee?

The course fee is $2500.00. This course fee will include your CEU's, all material needed to complete the course and begin your business confidently.

This fee includes your 4-days with 30-hour credits. Once payment is received, you will receive a receipt and welcome letter to the course. You will also receive a list of simple supplies you will need to bring with you via email. These supplies you will use as a therapist.

What do I need to do to register for this course?

Register at www.musclesinharmony.com at the top of the website page, click Myofunctional Therapy Course, fill out the registration form, and click the "register now" button. After payment is received, you will receive a receipt and welcome letter to the course. Lunches will be included. Please list food sensitivities or food concerns on the registration form. There is limited space, so register as soon as possible—the closing registration date is 10 days before start of the course date. Please contact me at info@musclesinharmony with any concerns.

When is my course fee due?

Payment is required at the time of registration. The deadline for registration is ten days before the start of the course date. After payment is received, you will receive a receipt and welcome letter to the course, including a shortlist of a few items you will need for the course. Payment is ZELLE via Chase bank to (847) 207-7463. You will receive an receipt for payment. Any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

What is the cancellation policy?

A cancellation fee of $500.00 is required, will be sent within 30 days after cancellation, and the course fee will be applied to another course within 1 year. No refunds are available for cancellation 30 days or less from the date of this course. Any questions, contact us at info@musclesinharmony.com.

Will I receive continuing education credits?

Yes, 30-hours of course credit will be provided for licensed professionals (RDH, DDS, SLP). Attendance must be for all 4-days-30 hours to receive credits.

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What type of course is being provided?

This 30-hour initial comprehensive course consists of lecture and primarily hands-on.  My experience with teaching courses is that all attendees learn differently.  Hands-on, see it, hear it and do it will allow all attendees to have a personal experience to build confidence in their new career or update their information. Each attendee will have a partner, so tell a friend to join us. Your Discovery Manual will make this course lecture easy to follow and reference.

What If there are travel restrictions?

We understand the risks of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Should restrictions occur, this course will be online immediately with ZOOM. We will send supplies to you before the course date. You will be responsible for all your computer requirements to connect to ZOOM integration for audio, visual, and internet connections. Please update your computer settings for all types of computers. Check ahead of time for all system requirements to prevent any hic-ups before this online course. Check - www.support.zoom.us. We are not responsible for non-computer integrations.

Where is the course located?

The courses will be presented within the USA. All details will be emailed to you after the registration fee is received. Any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at info@musclesinharmony.

How are course materials distributed?

Virtual courses will send materials after registration and payment have been accepted. We will ship your "Discovery Manual" to you via UPS or USPS.

In-person classes will receive their supplies at the class, and we have some surprises to share. In-person courses, please leave room for materials going back with you in your suitcase.

What is the protocol for infection prevention and Covid safety?

Recommended social distancing will take place. Gloves and masks will be available. Hand hygiene includes hand washing and hand sanitizer.  If you prefer your products due to sensitivities, feel free to bring them.  We suggest getting a face shield to make you comfortable with hands-on tasks.

What will you need to bring?

Please bring a curious mind, positive attitude, and excitement to join the discovery team on orofacial myology. Let us embrace this learning experience. We will disperse the "Discovery Manual" and materials at the course.

What if I have questions after taking the course?

Contact me via email with any questions at info@musclesinharmony.com. I will not be able to answer any examination questions.  There is plenty of research available for your examination, and I discovered that seeking my answers helped me better understand orofacial myology therapy.

Mentoring is available post-course.

Be Part of the Discovery Team! Register Today.
See you there.

Be Part of the Myofunctional Therapy Discovery Team

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