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Frequently asked questions
What is orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT)?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is neurological re-education exercises to assist the normalization of the developing, or developed, craniofacial structures and function. It is related to the study, research, prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of functional and structural alterations in the region of the mouth (oro), face (facial) and regions of the neck (oropharyngeal area).
Who can provide Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
The stomatognathic system is supported by an interdisciplinary team including speech language pathologists, otolaryngologists, orthodontists, dentists, dental hygienists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, kinesiotherapists and others. Each country’s healthcare system is different, with one specialty having differing degrees of leadership roles. In some countries speech pathologists may take a leading role where in others another profession such as physical therapy or dental hygiene may have a more prominent role. It’s a truly interdisciplinary therapy, with several professions contributing, each according to their own scope of practice. It is incumbent upon the professional to complete additional training in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and to abide to local laws in the country in which they reside.
What are the main problems related to OMD'S?
The main problems related to OMDs are alterations in breathing, sucking, chewing, swallowing and speech, as well the position of the lips, tongue (including what is known as oral rest posture), and cheeks.
What are the goals of the AOMT?
Our goal is to have every student successful at developing a clinically and professionally rewarding practice.
In addition to courses, we endeavor to increase awareness of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) amongst the medical, dental, and academic communities to support the acceptance and progress of this profession world-wide.
We offer a comprehensive four-day training course for dental, medical and speech professionals. We also offer advanced courses on specialized topics related to the field of OMT.
We educate health professionals on how to recognize and treat orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) and how to incorporate Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) into a practice.
What can I expect from the AOMT's online courses?
As founders of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, our team is dedicated to advancing the field through the latest evidence based research, groundbreaking clinical applications, and making an impact in medicine. Our program is entirely online: you may participate from the comfort of your home, from anywhere in the world. With state of the art video production, our course lectures are organized by theme to promote optimal learning. Live instruction allows you to workshop the material. Mentorship continues with weekly meetings where questions are answered regarding cases, implementation, business practice and more.