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
6 February 2017
Robyn Merkel-Walsh and Lori Overland, Board Chair and member, have recently represented at the ASHA Convention on Diet-Shaping for Self-Limited Diets in Children with a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This course discussed complex feeding problems and self-limited diets in autism, and the process of diet-shaping. You can view this presentation compliments of the TalkTools website: http://blog.talktools.com/2016/diet-shaping/
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♦ Tethering of Oral Tissues (TOTS)
Recent studies have been presented on Tethering of Oral Tissues (TOTS). A poster session at ASHA showed a correlation between frenectomy and speech sound production. The authors were: Ashley Meaux, PhD, CCC-SLP, Meghan Savage, PhD, CCC-SLP, & Courtney Gonsoulin, MA, CCC-SLP and their poster can be found at: http://blog.talktools.com/2016/tongue-ties. The second study of interest is Bobby A. Ghaheri, MD; Melissa Cole, IBCLC; Sarah C. Fausel, BA; Maria Chuop, BS; Jess C. Mace, MPH, CCRP. It discusses the improvement of breastfeeding post frenectomy and can be found at: http://blog.talktools.com/2016/breastfeeding-improvement/.
UPCOMING CONVENTIONS & WORKSHOPS
by Robyn Merkel-Walsh and Lori L. Overland | Janaury 2016 | v54 n.1
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