I want to take your course and I was hoping you could answer a few questions before I register: Is Myofunctional Therapy research based at all?
We have research within the fields of dentistry and orthodontics, behavioral sciences, and other areas have pertinent research as well. My particular training course follows a sequential (NOT cookbook, however) pattern where one level builds upon another. For example, my particular training covers Phase one of the Swallow (oral prep/oral phase) in minute detail. We already have plenty of info about that from J. Logemann and many others. We have information about sucking habits, the best ways to eliminate them; many organizations, universities and dental facilities are busy gathering information about pre and post lingual frenectomy. As with most dental/medical areas, we are constantly adding to our knowledge base. A big roadblock is the great number of practicing clinicians who are so busy treating patients that they have little or no time for formal research. One of the goals of our company organization at NHS (Neo-Health Services) is to have several clinicians gathering similar information which can then be linked together to provide useful information that can be used for studies.
Is there any conflict with Prompt training and orofacial myology?
Although I have not sat in on the Prompt training and cannot speak first hand, I do know that the Prompt program was not designed for the same type of clients. Many of my grads have also had Prompt training and they never mentioned any conflict. They said my course just enhanced what they already knew and took them to a higher level of understanding patient’s needs and being able to treat more effectively. When my course begins, I tell the participants to imagine an 8 – 15 year old who has been sent by an orthodontist to correct lips, tongue and jaw posture so that orthodontic treatment can be effectively initiated and completed with far less chance of relapse. The patient may also have a sucking habit and/or mouth breathing, and perhaps a lisp. Although the Myo Manual program can be used on many patients with many etiologies, it was not designed for that purpose originally. For those who take our onsite courses, they are taught how to incorporate and modify the exercises as needed for a variety of patients with many different conditions. For those who purchase the Myo Manual without having taken the course, they would be using the program for the “typical” orthodontic referrals and for patients with certain articulation disorders.
What is the Time frame for the program and session amount?
I’m not sure what you are asking here. On Day Four, we do go over the average number of sessions under various circumstances, the length of sessions and the way to determine the fees you should consider charging. It isn’t a cut and dried “cookbook” answer, so I can’t really tell you without a deeper discussion of your personal situation, location, and much more. If I tell you what an average number of sessions might be without your having had the same training and program that I use, I might be leading you down a dark alley, if you know what I mean. I base my suggestions on the fourth day upon what the attendees have learned during the first three days as well as what I have found out about their working situation and future goals. I’m not trying to put you off, honest…I just don’t want to tell you something that could be wrong in your situation.