FOR THE SCIENCE OF ORAL MOTOR TREATMENT

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The OMI is established to publish monographs that demonstrate the evidence base of oral sensory and motor techniques for articulation, motor speech, and feeding treatment. Its mission is to contribute to the field of speech-language-hearing science by expanding our knowledge about the sensory and motor components of articulation, motor speech, and feeding development, disorders, assessment and treatment. Learn more...

The Oral Motor Institute was founded by Pam Marshalla, MA, CCC-SLP, and Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CMT, CIMI, in 2007, who found that the field of speech-language-hearing sciences was in need of more information on the evidence base of oral sensory and motor techniques for articulation, motor speech, and feeding treatment. 

In 2014, Pam and Diane stepped down as Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors and nominated Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, for the position of Board Chair.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that, in June, 2015, Pam Marshalla passed away after a long battle with leukemia. The OMI strives to honor her memory in all of our efforts. A message from our board chair, Robyn Merkel-Walsh:

Pam, my mentor and friend, left me a very important job to oversee. I want to assure all OMI subscribers that I have been working diligently over the past year months to carry on Pam's work and contributions to our field. While I will never be able to replace Pam, I am certainly going to try to make her proud! - Robyn

 Steve Sacks, Board Member, has written a beautiful tribute to our beloved Pam Marshalla who founded the OMI 

RECENT NEWS

NEW PUBLICATION:

The OMI previously had a position statement on OMDs for 0-4 and special needs. This is now a published article in the International Journal of Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy by Board Chair Robyn Merkel-Walsh MA, CCC-SLP/COM®: https://ijom.iaom.com/journal/vol46/iss1/3/

CONGRATULATIONS PAT TAYLOR:

Long time Board Member Patricia Taylor, M.Ed., CCC-SLP/COM® has retired after 22 years  as Editor in Chief  of the International Journal of Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy. We thank Pat for her dedication, expertise, and passion for evidence-based practices for both the OMI and the IJOM.

The International Journal of Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy is now OPEN ACCESS to all. Please visit https://ijom.iaom.com/journal/.

Check out all our recent news at: http://www.oralmotorinstitute.org/news-announcements.html

 

NEW LIASONS TO THE BOARD:

The Board of Directors appointed to liaisons to the board. Since Registered Dental Hygienists and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants have oral motor in their scope of practices, we have added these subject matter experts to assist us with research, ethics, and scope of practice in their respective fields.

Welcome to:

Lactation/IBCLC: Jill Rabin, MS, CCC-SLP/L, IBCLC

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy/Registered Dental Hygienist: Patricia Brinkman-Falter, BSDH, MS, PHRDH, COM

 

 ASHA Convention 2019

Board Members Robyn Merkel-Walsh and Lori Overland were accepted to the ASHA Convention, 2019 in Orlando, FL.

  1. The Speech-Language Pathologists' Role in Tethered Oral Tissue (TOTs)
    Session #: 1726

    Get the handouts
    Authors: Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC (presenting)Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP (not presenting)

  2. A Sensory-Motor Approach to Supporting Modified Baby Led Weaning in Babies with Down Syndrome
    Session #: 1174
    Authors: Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC and Jill Rabin

 ASHA Convention 2018

Board Members Robyn Merkel-Walsh and Lori Overland were accepted to the ASHA Convention, 2018 in Boston, MA.

  1. TOTs: A Hot Topic!
    1-hour seminar
    Topic Area: Innovations, Debates, and Hot Topics in the Discipline
    Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
    Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Location: CC/254B (Level 2)
    Session #: 1609
    Authors: Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC (presenting); Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP (presenting)
     

  2. SLP's Role in Post-Frenectomy Care for Children Who Present With Feeding Challenges
    Poster
    Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
    Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: CC/Hall C
    Session #: 7657
    Authors: Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC (presenting); Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP (not presenting)

 Facebook

Our OMI Facebook page is doing quite well. Some of our posts have been shared with over 1500 viewers! Please like our page at: http://facebook.com/oralmotorinstitute

♦ Courses and Products

Our Founder Pam Marshalla lives on! Her daughter Shanti McGinley has published her text The Marshalla Guide: A Topical Anthology of Speech Movement Techniques for Motor Speech Disorders & Articulation Deficits. It can be found here: https://pammarshalla.com/product/the-marshalla-guide

Reviews are outstanding:

"Every speech-language pathologist should have this book."
-Diane Bahr, MS, CCC/SLP, CIMI, Ages & Stages

"The most comprehensive book relating to speech that we've seen in our profession."
-Stephen Sacks, MA, CCC/SLP, SATPAC Speech

"...the 'Holy Grail' for oral motor and motor speech."
-Robyn Markel-Walsh, MA, CCC/SLP/COM®, TalkTools, Board Chair of the Oral Motor Institute

Board member Char Boshart has published an amazing podcast series found at The Speech Link. Look for items #31-#35 entitled "The Perfect Oral Motor Storm". You can find it here: http://speechdynamics.com/pages/podcasts

The International Association of Orofacial Myology has ongoing introduction courses for their certification track program, as well as an annual convention. Visit http://www.iaom.com/iaom-approved-courses for the latest courses.

You can also visit our Workshops page.

Board Chair Robyn Merkel-Walsh and Board Member Lori Overland have just published a TOTs text found on the Talk Tools site, and launched a complimentary course as well.

Pat Zimmerman Pine has created an excellent reference source for TOTs as well: https://musclesinharmony.com.

Dr. Richard Baxter has penned a book with his associates called "Tongue Tied."

Former Co-Chair Diane Bahr released a new book called "Feed Your Baby and Toddler Right." Follow Diane: http://www.agesandstages.net

UPCOMING CONVENTIONS AND WORKSHOPS

LATEST MONOGRAPH

by Robyn Merkel-Walsh and Lori L. Overland | January 2016 | v54 n.1

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