Professional Development Opportunities

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Please Note: Speech-language pathologists or audiologists from outside of Alberta, and not registered with ACSLPA, conducting a speech-language pathology or audiology training course or clinical presentation in Alberta must be registered with ACSLPA with Courtesy Registration before providing professional services. Please contact ACSLPA for more information.

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The ORPP Introduction and Screening course is a one-day course aimed at highlighting a key link between orofacial myofunctional disorders [OMDs] and articulation. Attendees will learn how to identify this common, yet often unidentified barrier to successful speech articulation treatment.  This course is a stepping stone towards the 3 day intensive ORPP Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Course and will provide attendees with basic knowledge and understanding of orofacial myofunctional disorders and how they relate to speech pathology.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this one-day course attendees will be able to:

  • Define, screen and identify children with orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) including poor oral rest posture and tongue thrust swallowing.
  • Define, understand and use common dental terminology relating to OMDs including oral rest posture, freeway space and tongue thrust swallow patterns.
  • Understand how poor oral rest posture impacts a child’s prognosis for speech articulation therapy.
  • Determine appropriate early intervention to help minimize the impact of the OMD on both speech articulation and dental development.
  • Develop and implement a preliminary ORPP treatment program for clients with OMDs.

Target Audience: School and preschool-based speech language pathologists new to orofacial myology.