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GOLD Learning Tongue-tie Online Symposium 2019 - Day 2 Advanced Skills/Knowledge

Learn how to identify and treat the compensatory mechanics of suck after revision, the impact of tongue-tie on the myofascial system and primitive reflex integration, tongue-tie and it's impact on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, the impact on orofacial myofunctional development and a look at infant frenotomy and pain.

We're excited to have you join us for the amazing presentations that will leave you feeling more confident and armed with clinical skills that you can put into practice right away to help the families in your care. This program has been approved for 5 CERPs (3 L-CERPs, 2 R-CERPs).

$95.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 5.00   Access Time: 8 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (5):
Duration: 60 mins
Brandi Benson, DC, CACCP
All Tied Up: Tongue Tie Beyond the Mouth
United States Brandi Benson, DC, CACCP

Dr. Brandi is the pediatric chiropractor in a practice that provides chiropractic care for women and children. Her focus is on infants with feeding difficulties and children with neurodevelopmental delays. Dr. Brandi created a program at her practice which incorporates chiropractic, optimal nutrition, myofascial/cranial-sacral techniques, and neurofunctional exercises into one comprehensive program. Her ultimate goal is to naturally support the body (brain, gut, spine and immune system) to work together in balance and help children achieve their maximum life potential. Dr. Brandi attended Cleveland Chiropractic College after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. She is also certified by the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice. In her free time, Dr. Brandi enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two sets of fraternal twins.

Objective 1. Describe the myofascial system and how it is affected by oral ties.

Objective 2. Describe how tongue ties can hinder neuro-development and primitive reflex integration

Objective 3. To be able to identify 3 sensory systems that are affected by oral ties and activities to promote normal movement patterns to support these sensory systems.

Objective 4. Discuss the importance of a team approach when assessing and caring for the tongue tied infant.

United States Brandi Benson, DC, CACCP

Oral ties are often diagnosed and released during infancy to improve the breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby. But what happens if ties go undiagnosed? This course will review tethered oral tissues and their relationship in a breastfeeding dyad and the neurodevelopment of an infant and beyond. We will explore the implications of oral restrictions on the myofascial system throughout the body. Movement patterns, posture, and primitive reflex integration can all be affected by oral ties. Signs, symptoms, assessment tools, and strategies for co-management between IBCLC and bodyworkers will be discussed. Attendees will also learn neuro-biomechanical implications of TOTs beyond breastfeeding. Several case studies will be discussed and how successful management can be achieved with a team approach.

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Duration: 60 mins
Rethinking Surgical Tools - Infant Frenotomy & Pain
India Effath Yasmin, MA, HDSE, CLEC(USA), IBCLC, BCST (ICSB, SWISS), RCST Text to HTML Converter

Effath Yasmin is India's leading Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, an award winning International Board Certified Lactation Consultant & a Documentary Film Maker. She is also an International Speaker, an Author & a Bach Flower Practitioner.

Her special interests lie in Infant Oral, Sucking & Airway Dysfunction, Tongue Tie, Birth Trauma, Craniofacial Development and a range of chronic physical and mental dis-eases & quantum energy phenomenon. She applies these sciences into Life Coaching, Inner Child Healing and Parenting. Her approach stems from fundamental truth of human organism is complete and self-regulatory and treatment & counselling approach is by deep listening & true empathy to mind body and spirit rather than by intervention.

She currently sits on several national & international professional boards.

She has spear-headed & dedicated her life to many projects with a central mission of advocacy, education and awareness for integrative multidisciplinary wellness approach worldwide. Her work has been published in the International Journals & a textbook and she writes extensively on print and digital media on the subjects of Breastfeeding, Tongue Tie, Parenting & Health related subjects.

Her international award winning film 'Untying Breastfeeding' exposes the glaring unseen obstacles to Birth & Breastfeeding & early parenting that can help restore motherhood and has been widely celebrated over 1500 Cities worldwide. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Metaphysical Sciences.

Objective 1: Initiates a out of the box thinking self-inquiry into better understanding of the human body system and its excellent state of homeostasis and its best response trigger in any given circumstance.

Objective 2: Discusses the need for further investigation of study of Infant Pain post frenotomy.

Objective 3: Supporting techniques to pain management that supports self-regulation.


Ankyloglossia (tongue tie) impacts and can impair normal oral function in infants leading to a myriad of complications with breastfeeding. Increased awareness of this impact has led to increased diagnosis and treatment of tongue tie through frenotomy/frenectomy. These procedures are typically completed using one of two tools: scissors or laser and sometimes cautery. While the methods are equally effective when completed by a competent practitioner, the blood coagulation of the surgical incision made by a laser is cited as an major advantage in laser surgeries along with great advantage of visibility at the surgical site by the surgeon. Therefore laser release is widely perceived as superior to scissors in the recent development in LASER FRENECTOMIES.

There has been very little research that has been published on the post-procedural effects of surgical tool used. In her practice, the author has noted significant and consistent patterns in post-procedure pain, correlating to which tool is used for the release. This presentation attempts to highlight that it is critical we study the scale of pain experienced by infants post frenotomy in correlation to tool of surgery since Pain affects babies' nervous systems potentially changing the structure and physiology of the nervous system and be a cause of problems with sleep, feeding, and self-regulation. The Author will review specific data measurements that demonstrate these patterns, and present a theory for potential reasons of prefering one tool over the other for low risk Infant Frenotomies.

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Duration: 60 mins
Ellen Chetwynd, PhD, MPH, BSN, IBCLC
The Compensatory Mechanics of Suck for Babies with Oral Tethering: How to Identify and Treat after Revision
USA Ellen Chetwynd, PhD, MPH, BSN, IBCLC

Ellen Chetwynd PhD MPH RN BSN IBCLC is a breastfeeding researcher, lactation consultant, and advocate. Her goal is to provide excellent care that is innovative and effective. Her clinical care is equally informed by, and leads to, her research and collaborations with fellow scientists. She is an advocate of breastfeeding families of all shapes, as well as the providers who care for them. Through her work as Chair of the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition she has contributed to the statewide work to provide Medicaid reimbursement in North Carolina, successfully funded a project to support clinics seeking to become breastfeeding friendly and increase access to equitable support of breastfeeding, implemented a statewide breastfeeding summit, and created an interactive statewide resource listing for breastfeeding resources at the county level. In her lactation consulting work, she is sought out by parents and clinicians for her work with difficult cases of pain and dysfunctional infant suck. She is a prolific writer, and her research and publications cover topics including breastfeeding and metabolic health, reimbursement for lactation consulting, LGBTQI+ families, and breastfeeding research methodology. She recently created and co-taught a full day workshop on breastfeeding research methods, and gets fired up about the numbers behind what we do to support families. At Next Level Lactation LLC, she and her partners provide advanced lactation educational opportunities.

1. Describe suck mechanics.

2. Identify compensatory suck mechanics used by babies with oral tethering.

3. Demonstrate techniques for identification and treatment of compensatory suck mechanics.

USA Ellen Chetwynd, PhD, MPH, BSN, IBCLC

Babies with oral tethering don't have access to the full range of motion needed to create negative pressure at the back of their mouths so they can draw milk out of the effectively and painlessly. We can all assess the latch, but what is happening with the tongue, the breast and nipple, and the other muscles involved in the mechanics of suck after the baby’s mouth closes over the breast? How do we identify compensatory mechanisms convince babies to change them with the broader mobility they have after frenotomy? This presentation will teach participants how to visualize/experience normal infant suck. Compensatory suck mechanisms are the techniques that infants use during feeding when they don’t have access to adequate movement in their tongue and floor of their mouth. Infants are creative, and the strategies they develop are varied. Participants will learn how to identify and categorize compensatory mechanisms and use clinical skills to differentiate and assess muscle tension related to overuse and suck mechanics at the breast. A unique set of clinical techniques that can be used by the lactation consultant and taught to the mother addressing each category of compensatory suck mechanics will be introduced and illustrated through case studies.

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Duration: 60 mins
The Impact of Tongue-Tie on the Musculoskeletal and Nervous Systems

Dr. Sharon A. Vallone is a graduate of Rutgers University (AB Microbiology 1978) and New York Chiropractic College (1986). She completed her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics in 1996 through Palmer College and received her appointment as Fellow in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics in 2003. Dr. Vallone has a private practice limited to high risk pregnancies and challenged children in Connecticut and is currently the Chair of the Board of Kentuckiana Children’s Center in Louisville, KY and past Vice Chair of the International Chiropractic Association’s Council Pediatric Council. She is an international speaker, author, and editor of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. Sharon brings 33+ years of pediatric chiropractic experience with a primary interest in pregnancy, birth trauma, breastfeeding and problems with infant /toddler neurodevelopment.

Objective 1: Describe altered biomechanics when tethered oral tissues are present and how they affect breastfeeding efficiency

Objective 2: List and describe common biomechanical compensations when tethered oral tissues are present

Objective 3: Discuss why addressing and correcting dysfunctional biomechanics can promote better outcomes when intervening with a release of tethered oral tissues.


The impact of tethered oral tissues on the fascial system of the neonate can be the origin of both successful and unsuccessful compensatory biomechanical alterations in an attempt to breastfeed. These biomechanical alterations can manifest as asymmetries in appearance and function as well as in behavioral challenges ranging from sleep disturbance, colic like symptoms and inconsolable crying. It is important to understand these issues when looking at the whole picture so as to improve outcomes when surgical interventions are required. The goal of this lecture will be to support the attendees with understanding the relationship between structure and function and how this ties in with physical limitations like tongue and lip tie, the biomechanical assessment and discussion of manual therapies available to assist the breastfeeding dyad.

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Duration: 60 mins
Marjan Jones, BDSc (Hons) UQ, BSc Melb
Tongue Tie and Orofacial Myofunctional Development
Australia Marjan Jones, BDSc (Hons) UQ, BSc Melb

Dr Marjan Jones, a dental surgeon in Brisbane Australia pioneered a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of oral restrictions in Australia. With over 20 years’ experience with dental lasers and extensive knowledge of the comprehensive treatment of oral restrictions, her practice treats patients of all ages, offering a team-based approach to surgery incorporating in-house myofunctional therapy and orthodontics for treatment for children and adults. For infant patients, she collaborates with IBCLCs and cranial therapists for a comprehensive approach toward functional outcomes. She co-founded the Tongue Tie Institute designed to advance the education of health professionals in the treatment of oral restrictions. She now lectures to practitioners from Australia and around the world who have been introduced to a team approach to the management of oral restrictions. She has personal experience with the effect of tongue ties and their effect on herself and family (including breastfeeding challenges) and is determined to help others avoid or overcome their impact. She is a Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute, a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and was the immediate past Chairperson of the Interim Board of the International Consortium of Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP). He passion for breastfeeding has resulted in studies toward IBCLC certification.

1. Explain the tongue and facial tissues as determinants of the development of jaws, tooth position and facial growth.

2. Beyond the well-known health implications of not breastfeeding, describe the risks of not breastfeeding on other facets of health including orofacial development and function.

3. Describe the orofacial implications of bottle-feeding and non-nutritive sucking on development of the dental arches and tooth placement.

4. List the links between infant compensatory behaviour as a result of tongue tie and potential soft tissue dysfunctions that can manifest across the life-span.

5. Recognize some basic parameters of jaw and dental appearance in patients under the age of 5 and utilise this toward feedback of methods in the assessment of the neonate.

Australia Marjan Jones, BDSc (Hons) UQ, BSc Melb

Michelangelo at work - Tongue Tie and Orofacial Myofunctional Development

Our oral and facial muscles are the master sculptors of our jaws and face. Research and clinical findings show that changing resting oral posture and functional habits of our oral and facial muscles not only influence structure but also affect function. The important functions of the orofacial region include breathing, eating/drinking (including breastfeeding) and speaking.

Breastfeeding is the premier and pivotal determinant of orofacial myofunctional habits. Beyond the many risks of not breastfeeding, malocclusion (poorly positioned jaws and teeth) is a very significant risk. As such it is important that all health practitioners working with neonates rally to educate, accompany and support breastfeeding dyads toward functional and breastfeeding for as long as possible.

The tongue’s ability to move (particularly to elevate) affects breastfeeding biomechanics. As such, a tethered tongue’s range of motion and span of influence is a deviation from the physiologic norm. Teaching a dyad to compensate or simply manage through sub-optimal breastfeeding and its resulting symptoms can have consequences in functional outcomes later in life. Compensations have consequences that emerge well beyond breastfeeding years.

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GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. This program is approved for 5 CERPs (3 L-CERPs, 2 R-CERPs).

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Tags / Categories

(IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Infant, Breastfeeding the Tongue Tied Infant, Differential Diagnosis & Management, Frenotomy & Tongue Tie Treatment

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