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Ann Blau

MS, CCC-SLP

Ann Blau is a licensed speech-language pathologist and certified myofunctional therapist based in New York. She graduated with a master's degree in communication sciences from Hunter College of the City University of New York and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Ann is the owner of All Access Speech Therapy, a private telepractice providing speech therapy services to adults and children in the states of New York and Florida.

Ann's practice specialty is in the assessment and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders. She provides orofacial myofunctional therapy to adults, adolescents, and school-age children as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to patient care. She has trained with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT) and mentors postgraduate clinicians through The Myo Membership. Ann is certified in The Myo Method and Simon Says Myofunctional Therapy programs.

Ann has more than 15 years of professional experience in the evaluation and treatment of adults with neurogenic speech, swallowing, cognitive, and voice disorders in acute care, inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She is a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD and eLOUD) Programs for patients with Parkinson's disease and has specialized training in the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP). She is also a professional speaker, educator, mentor, and passionate airway health advocate.

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Fundamentals of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for the SLP (Recorded Webinar)

Presented by Ann Blau, MS, CCC-SLP

Fundamentals of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for the SLP (Recorded Webinar)

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Video Runtime: 179 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

There has been a great deal of interest in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) of late, driven to a large degree by an increased awareness of the importance of the airway, mouth, and tongue in our overall health. Once questioned as evidence-based practice, there is currently a growing body of literature to support the efficacy of OMT. As such, it is now more widely recognized and accepted as a therapeutic intervention that is integral to multidisciplinary treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs). As SLPs with training in the anatomy and physiology of breathing, speaking, chewing, swallowing, and orofacial development, we are well-positioned to be experts in the provision of OMT. In fact, we are currently being sought out as a profession by medical, dental, and allied health specialties to provide this therapeutic modality as part of a multidisciplinary approach to individualized care. In this webinar, Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) will develop an understanding of OMT and its effectiveness as a treatment modality to manage individuals with Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) on their caseloads and in clinical practice settings.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the terminology, anatomy, and physiology pertaining to OMT
  • Outline the historic origins of OMT to provide an understanding of how the discipline of Speech-Language Pathology became involved
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of an OMD to improve identification of salient features of an OMD across the lifespan
  • State the comorbidities, etiology, and consequences of untreated OMDs, as well as the effects of OMDs on speech and swallowing according to recent literature
  • Recognize dysfunctional patterns related to posture, speech, voice, feeding, chewing, swallowing, and oral habits during an OMD assessment
  • Delineate treatment concepts, goals, objectives, and hierarchy of OMT
  • Examine current research in support of the effectiveness of OMT as applied to various medical conditions
  • Analyze sample case studies
  • Highlight key takeaway points from the webinar

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Jan 17, 2024

Fundamentals of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for the SLP

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