Hi I am interested in purchasing your manual. I have been in contact with you in the past re: myo therapy . Will the manual and the kit qualify me to use the program in my field of speech language pathology. I was trained in this in the past but was told I could not use the program because it was a “trade secret” it is unfortunate because I practiced it for 2 years and know it works!! I would love to have the training from another source and also have the tools to be able to evaluate the thrusting and lip strength more objectively . Do you use the fluorescent light to evaluate ?? If I can use this to practice I would love to purchase ASAP . Thank you kindly.
ASHA states that SLPs can provide “tongue thrust” treatment if they have received the background training. There are different ways to do this. You can buy and use a simple little program and offer it to clients, using a cookbook type approach that MAY help some of the clients. I started out using Garliner’s program, which sounds like the one you were introduced to. I used it in the 1970’s! It was great to get me started at that time, and frankly no one else had any satisfactory treatment program, so it was the only game in town. From that point, I began to incorporate everything I could learn and develop myself to cover a myriad of different types of patients that I felt come under the umbrella of orofacial myology. For example, I researched and began to teach about ankyloglossia since it definitely interferes with many of the areas related to myofunctional therapy. I developed a user friendly method of treating sucking habits and have lectured on that subject as well. I analyzed the other little programs available and realized that huge areas were missing such as the suctioning skills. And I realized after many years of practicing, that I had created what has become the Myo Manual program. I authored it originally to be used in conjunction with my training courses and I cover every exercise during the intro 4 day courses. There have been many hospitals, universities, clinics and individuals who have purchased and who use the Myo Manual program. It is sequential and differs from anything else available on the market. It is not meant by itself to “qualify” anyone to practice, but there is nothing stopping you from buying it and using it, of course. There are no “trade secrets” and in fact, our company NHS readily promotes that our graduates share information with one another. We are dedicated to training SLPs like yourself as well as dental professionals who have had interest in orofacial myology. The Myo Lip Meter is used to measure the Lip Strength and other characteristicws. In reality, we go over in class how it actually does more than measure merely the “strength”; however it can be purchased and used by anyone. It is used all over the world. It is not included in the class materials, but most attendees do buy one so they have a baseline, very helpful for patients, referrals, insurance companies and ourselves. I have not used the Payne Technique fluorescent light for many years. It had its purpose, but there is so much more you will learn at my course about a thorough evaluation that you won’t need anything else to convince patients that they need to sign up for therapy. All that being said, here is what I propose are the steps I would take if I were you. Instead of buying the Myo Manual and supplies (which are very reasonably priced when you get the Myo Manual “Kit”), I would strongly consider coming here to Orlando and taking the course. The Myo Manual and start up supplies will be included. If you decide to do that, we will try to assist you in any way possible to make it a reality for you. Feel free to contact me personally.