Tongue Thrust and Beyond: A Myofunctional Therapy Course



Who Is Qualified to Take This Course? 

The only medical professionals who are eligible to work as orofacial myologists and hold certification from the International Association of Orofacial Myology are doctors of dental surgery (DDS), doctors of medicine in dentistry (DMD), registered dental hygienists (RDH), and speech-language pathologists (SLP).

What This Course Prepares You For

This course prepares participants to work as orofacial myology providers; however, completion of this course does not make them eligible to be called certified orofacial myologists (COMs), even if they are in the process of becoming one.

Course Learning Expectations - The Participant Will Be Able to:

  1. Understand the history of myofunctional therapy and how this field began

  2. Explain why myofunctional therapy exists  

  3. Identify the role of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) 

  4. Identify the anatomy and physiology of the muscles of the face, tongue, and other related structures

  5. Demonstrate the ability to identify myofunctional disorders 

  6. Define myofunctional therapy 

  7. Master and perform the assessment and treatment of myofunctional disorders 

  8. Write treatment goals that are achievable and measurable 

  9. Perform and appreciate the hierarchy of treatment intervention 

  10. Describe the rationale behind the treatment hierarchy 

  11. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of mutual referral 

  12. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of teamwork 

  13. Identify the best time to begin myofunctional treatment 

  14. Identify the appropriate time for discharge 

  15. Master and abide by the policies, bylaws, and professional code of conduct of the IAOM

  16. Describe and understand how to become an IAOM member 

  17. Identify the key elements of a successful practice 


This course is offered for up to 2.8 ASHA CEUs.

(Introductory Level; Professional Area)

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Financial Disclosures: none / Non-financial Disclosures: none

Dr. Mohamed has no financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.