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Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP/COM®

  • Speaker Type: Tongue-Tie Symposium 2020
  • Country: U.S.A.

Robyn Merkel-Walsh, M.A., CCC-SLP/COM® is a Licensed Speech Pathologist with over 25 years of experience. She is employed full time by the Ridgefield Board of Education and runs a private practice in Ridgefield, NJ. She is also an author, lecturer, and consultant for TalkTools® . Robyn specializes in Oral-Placement, feeding, and orofacial myofunctional disorders in the pediatric population. Her publications include, SMILE (Systematic Intervention for Lingual Elevation), Art Talk, Handy Handouts, OPT-S Kit, and she co-authored Sensory Stix, A Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding, Functional Assessment and Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues and Oral Placement Therapy Goals for Speech Clarity. She has also written several articles for the TalkTools® website, The ASHA Leader, and Advance Magazine for Speech Pathologists. She has been published five consecutive years at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Robyn received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Montclair State University, where she was later invited to be an adjunct/clinical supervisor. She has also taught classes and/or as a clinical supervisor for: Bergen Community College, Seton Hall University and Malloy College. She is a member of American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology, New Jersey Education Association, International Association of Orofacial Myology, Oral Motor Institute, Ankyloglossia Bodyworkers , International Consortium of Ankylofrenula Professionals and The Bergen County Apraxia Association. She served a term on the New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association Board of Directors and was the private practice co-chair. She is also the Board Chair of the Oral Motor Institute and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Orofacial Myology.

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Understanding the Variations of Active Wound Management and Neuromuscular Re-Education
There is a better understanding within the fields of medicine and dentistry, lactation, speech-pathology, occupational and physical therapies that functional assessment and treatment is critical for optimal lingual, buccal and labial frena releases. Semantics and terminology however are often confused regarding a treatment protocol. Post-op TOTs care has two phases: 1) Active Wound Management to maintain the integrity of the wound and avoid scarring and re-attachment and 2) Neuromuscular Re-Education to address the underlying muscle and motor- based deficits that are secondary to the oral restriction(s). Both stages of treatment must be considered. This course will outline the two stages, review national scopes of practice for various professionals involved in TOTs care and discuss guidelines for referrals to team members. Specific techniques will be reviewed and categorized as to which stage of treatment is being addressed, which sometimes may overlap.
Lectures by Profession, Product Focus
Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: (IBCLC) Infant, Pre & Post Care