Coulson Institute Courses

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The Coulson Institute offers two courses designed for the busy professional who wishes to undertake initial and further study in Myofunctional Therapy (MFT). Our Foundation Program is an IAOM certified course* designed to provide the practitioner with a foundation to begin implementing MFT in their own practice. The Advanced Course provides a scope and a forum outside of the IAOM framework for those wishing to expand and enhance their practice by drawing on Sandra Coulson's years of experience. 

Sandra also spends many hours travelling and lecturing around the globe, so check back to the Course Calendar frequently to see if she's at a venue near you! 

(*please check with us with regards to your profession's standing in relation to IAOM certification)

 

The Foundation Program:

A 30 Hour Introductory Course in Orofacial Myology with Sandra R. Coulson MS, ST, Ed, COM

Orofacial Myology is defined as treatment of the orofacial musculature to improve muscle tonicity and activity.  It is the establishment of correct functional activities of the tongue, lips and jaw, so that normal growth and development may progress in a stable, homeostatic environment.

Course Objectives:

  • Anatomy and Physiology training in identifying relevant dysfunctional habits
  • Techniques required to rectify such habits
  • Orthodontic fundamentals
  • Benefits obtained by correcting OM dysfunction
  • Therapies and exercises used in the treatment
  • Motivational techniques for success
  • How to introduce or integrate OM into an existing practice or modality
  • Practice Management, Ethics – Record Keeping
  • Hands-On therapy execution

 

The Advanced Program

A 20 Hour Advanced Course in Orofacial Myology with Sandra R. Coulson MS, ST, Ed, COM

Course Objectives:

  • Intake forms (OM. TMD/J and other evaluations)
  • Recognize ‘problem’ patients (Structural, Neurological, Compliance, Ortho Appliances)
  • Myofunctional therapy with infants (Pre-Post lingual/labial frenectomy,Encourage lingual/palatal contact)
  • What to do when patient cannot demonstrate your lesson plan
  • Alternative exercise plans
  • When to use alternative therapies & referral sources
  • Assessment, Treatment and Alternative Exercise plans (Tongue posture, Crossbite, Short Upper Lip, Bruxing – bracing – clenching and grinding)
  • Assessment, Treatment and Alternative Exercise plans (Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Bell’s Palsy and Trichotillomania)
  • Assessment, Treatment and Alternative Exercise Plans (TMD/TMJ, Bruxing, bracing, clenching and grinding)