Q: Hi Sandra, I have been trying to attend one of your courses and hope to do so sometime before the end of this year. Until then, I have found a set of DVDs that I can purchase online that claims it will teach me to provide orofacial myology treatment. (They refer to it as myofunctional therapy). It is rather costly and frankly, I would rather put that money toward attending one of your upcoming courses. I wanted to get your take on whether I can get enough information from DVDs to actually provide orofacial myology to patients before I attend the formal course?
A: I have heard that there are some videos for a fee that can claim to train people how to do therapy. If someone has attended a course and purchases a video of that course, then it makes sense. But to purchase a course online when you have not attended such a course makes no sense whatsoever to me. In fact, that possibility actually scares me a bit, especially if there is no way of knowing who is purchasing the “course.” I guess I am always concerned that those of us who practice orofacial myology maintain extremely high standards. Frankly, I can barely get in all the information I want to share within the four days. And the hands on portions are critical components on which we spend two days practicing. I would not recommend to anyone that they spend a lot of money on DVDs that don’t give CEU credits and don’t offer the important hands on training needed. Better to wait until you can attend an approved course.