The Orofacial  Complex Course

Understanding the Orofacial Complex will provide the participant a comprehensive understanding of the foundations in orofacial myology.

Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM¬ģ, and Amanda Chastain,MA, CCC-SLP,COM¬†


This course is limited to licensed DDS, SLP, RDH, PT, OT or country equivalents.
Submission of license (or equivalent) is required at the time of registration

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ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures. 

The Orofacial  Complex Course: Parameters

This course will provide the participant a comprehensive understanding of the foundations in orofacial myology. Parameters will include developmental anatomy/physiology, dental, speech, medial etiologies, diagnostics, treatment planning, habit elimination, ethical scope of practice considerations and the didactic interaction of the orofacial complex from birth.

35 contact hours to meet the requirement for certification
(Pre-recorded information: 15 hours, Live information: 20 hours)

Learning Outcomes

The participant will be able to identify and complete an assessment with an 80% passing rate with the following: 

  • Will identify the science of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and the evolution from early treatment practice.¬†
  • Will define the basic terms in Orofacial myofunctional disorders, oromotor dysfunction, temporomandibular disorders, and parafunctional habits.¬†
  • Will identify¬†the developmental stages from embryology of the oropharyngeal complex.¬†
  • Will identify¬†the basic anatomy of orofacial complex as it relates to the hard and soft tissues and the cranial nerves¬†
  • Will identify¬†the muscular complex that most closely is associated with the orofacial myofunctional disorders¬†
  • Will list¬†the importance of the airway, respiration, and patency of the oropharyngeal complex and classification systems for oropharyngeal isthmus (mallampati) and tonsillar classifications¬†
  • Will identify classifications of occlusion¬†
  • Will identify normal¬†feeding developmental milestones and typical age-related disruptions
  • Will identify¬†common orthodontic appliances, both functional and retaining¬†
  • Will identify¬†the 4 basic phases of the normal swallowing process¬†
  • Will identify¬†the parameters for¬†the five stages of mastication, deglutition, bolus formation, bolus transit, as it relates to solid/liquid/saliva consumption¬†
  • Will identify¬†structural anomalies of the head/neck, including tethered oral tissues, cleft lip/palate, and facial dysmorphology.¬†
  • Will identify the variances in swallowing patterns and resting postures¬†
  • Will identify the development of feeding patterns, and associated speech patterns¬†
  • Will demonstrate a comprehensive clinical examination for a patient with an OMD that includes structural identification and description, functional movements of the structures, and the dynamic movements in swallowing.¬†
  • Will identify the¬†¬†hierarchy of the development of orofacial movements appropriately and incorporate this hierarchy into a treatment plan¬†
  • Will identify professionals that may be referred to regarding patient care, the why, and establishment of a collaborative model
  • Will identify¬†the impact of non-nutritive sucking habits on the orofacial complex¬†
  • Will identify¬†techniques of habit elimination in treatment planning.¬†
  • Will identify¬†the underlying principles of behavioral modification and reinforcers¬†
  • Will identify¬†a skill base with therapeutic exercises for treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders
  • Will list¬†the importance of habituation and integration into everyday life¬†
  • Will list¬†variances to the ‚Äútypical‚ÄĚ treatment plan for special populations¬†
  • Will identify the components appropriate for¬†universal precautions and aseptic techniques for therapeutic intervention
  • Will list appropriate¬†documentation¬†necessary for effective case management¬†
  • Will identify¬†appropriate systems for business application and management that includes record keeping, HIPPA compliance, marketing, and financial aspects.



15 hours Pre-Recorded Videos (available approximately 3 weeks prior to the LIVE course)


Each section consists of notes overview and an assessment of the material that is required with a passing result to advance to the next session. Downloads of the text books and notes are provided at the beginning of each section. Only the notes are available to be printed.


  • Part 1 The history 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Part 2 Embryology 1 hours, 15 minutes
  • Part 3 Sensory and movement 40 minutes
  • Part 4 Skeletal systems 1 hour, 8 minutes
  • Part 5 Breathing 1 hour, 7 minutes
  • Part 6 Jaw 45 minutes
  • Part 7 Lips 45 minutes
  • Part 8 Tongue 40 minutes
  • Part 9 Soft palate, pharynx, larynx 50 minutes
  • Part 10 Dental 1 hours 30 minutes
  • Part 11 Contributing Factors 50 minutes
  • Part 12 Cranial Nerves 25 minutes
  • Part 13 Swallowing 25 minutes
  • Part 14 Normal development 40 minutes
  • Part 15 Common disruptions 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Part 16 Asepsis 20 minutes
  • Part 17 Business 20 minutes
  • Part 18 Marketing 35 minutes
  • Part 19 Orthodontics and therapy 30 minutes


online via zoom or in-person - 20 hours over three days

Day 1


6 hours, 45 minutes

  • 9:00 ‚Äď 10:30 Introductions, case histories 90 minutes
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Photography in assessment, beginning of areas of assessment (respiration/posture) 75 minutes
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-2:45 Areas of assessment (jaw/lips/tongue/palates/swallow) and measurements 105 minutes
  • 2:45-3:00 Break
  • 3:00-5:00 Application of evaluation protocol 120 minutes
  • 5:00-5:15 Wrap-up/questions 15 minutes

Day 2


6 hours, 45 minutes

  • 9:00 ‚Äď 10:30 Treatment hierarchies 90 minutes
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Noxious habits 75 minutes
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-2:45 Areas of treatment (jaw/lips/tongue/palates) and exercise review 105 minutes
  • 2:45-3:00 Break
  • 3:00-5:00 Areas of treatment (mastication/suction/swallow ) 120 minutes
  • 5:00-5:15 Wrap-up/questions 15 minutes

Day 3


6 hours, 30 minutes

  • 9:00 ‚Äď 10:30 Treatment planning 90 minutes
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Common resources and usage 75 minutes
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-2:45 Case study review: school-age (traditional) school-age (complex) 105 minutes
  • 2:45-3:00 Break
  • 3:00-4:00 Case study review: adult 60 minutes
  • 4:00-5:00 Smart goals, review, and wrap-up 60 minutes



Pre-recorded release:
January 11, 2024
Live: Atlanta
February 1-3, 2024


Pre-recorded release:
April 4, 2024
Live: Dallas
April 25-27, 2024


Pre-recorded release:
April 24, 2024
Live: Online
May 16-18, 2024

Las Vegas

Pre-recorded release:
July 18, 2024
Live: Las Vegas
August 8-10, 2024


Pre-recorded release:
September 5, 2024
Live: Online
September 26-28, 2024


Pre-recorded release:
October 17, 2024
Live: Houston
November 7-9, 2024