Exclusive TalkTools Workshop

Functional Assessment & Remediation

of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs)

Saturday, June 29, 2019
8:30AM - 4:00PM 

Location: 11East 44th St. Suite 301 3rd Fl New York, N.Y. 10017



Course Description: 
This course explores the functional assessment of TOTs and reviews current well-respected assessment tools which describe structure. Participants will learn to use this tool to identify the possible need for a TOTs referral, and the functional impact this diagnosis may have on feeding and speech. Participants will learn through the concept of task analysis the specific ways in which TOTs impacts the oral motor and oral placement skills for breast, bottle, cup, straw and solid feedings in additional to speech sound production. Videos and live practicums with participants will provide therapeutic intervention on tasks that participants can implement with their clients immediately. The importance of pre and post-surgical therapy will be discussed, and surgical techniques will be explored.

Participants Will Learn:​​​​​​​

1. Identify three forms of TOTs.

2. Identify at least 3-5 functional impacts of TOTs on feeding skills.

3. List at least 3 speech sounds that may be affected by TOTs.

4. List at least 2 professionals that should be consulted if TOTs is suspected 

​​​​​​Method: Lecture, Hands-on

About the Instructor

Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, has specialized for over 24 years in OPT, myofunctional disorders and feeding disorders. She is employed by the Ridgefield Board of Education, runs a private practice in Ridgefield, NJ, and is the board chair of the Oral Motor Institute. Robyn has been invited to speak on Oral Placement disorders by Conversations in Speech Pathology, Bergen County Region V, the IAOM, The Apraxia Network, AAPPSPA and the MOSAIC Foundation.

Registration for this course is open to Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Orofacial Myologists, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, ENT's, Lactation Consultants. Orthodontists, Pediatrcians & Oral Surgeons.

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For more information contact:
Danni Gomes
(c) 201-320-7022
(e) danni@creativedentalconnections.com
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