Why Choose the Coulson Institute?
The Coulson Institute provides training in Myofunctional Therapy (also known as Oral Myology) across the world.
Typically students of the Coulson Institute come from the following groups of health care professionals:
- Oral Health Therapists
- Speech Pathologists
- Breathing practitioners
- and other Allied Health Professionals
Students come to learn from Sandra Coulson because of her caring, warm and direct nature and teaching style. Sandra "leaves nothing on the court" when she teaches and is passionate, committed and driven to share the work that has helped her shape the mouths (and sometimes lives) of the people she works with in practice and in her work as an educator.
See an overview of her work by watching the presentation.
Perhaps though, it is best left to the voices of others to express why you should consider the Coulson Institute for training in Oral Myology.
"Hi Sandy! I just wanted to thank you for an incredible course last week! We are back and working full steam ahead into helping our patients with what you have taught us. We still want you to move to our townhouse so that we can tap dance with you every night!"
“Sandra, You and your presentation are so inspirational and your energy is magnetic! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!”
“I am so excited about all the material that was shared by Sandra Coulson – Her knowledge on the subject of orofacial myology is MIND BLOWING and her energy is extremely contagious. She has me so ready to jump in with my TONGUE UP to conquer so many cases that up until now have gone without help. The class was intense and I can’t wait to take the advanced class”
“Thank you …. It was inspiring and opened our eyes to new possibilities.
WHAT A GIFT!”
“It has been such a wonderful experience! I love the way Sandra gives of herself to us, and of her heart towards making a difference in the lives of others.
I am deeply grateful and I can’t wait to start!”
“Loved Sandra’s course!!!! So functional with incredible outcomes for my patients! Would HIGHLY recommend!!!!”
For those who took Sandra Coulson’s course recently you will agree with this comment from one of her grateful students……..I have been practicing Orofacial Myology for over 20 years and have had good success for the most part. I say this, taking into consideration those occasional patients who chose not to devote the time and energy necessary to correct their specific problems! Also, I have run into difficulties toward the end of my therapy program when I thought the patient had everything worked well, yet the swallow was still not correcting like I thought it should be. What had gone wrong? I now know I was not offering as individualized a program as I should have been, and I was working out of sequence. The therapy techniques I was originally taught were based on a set of exercises given at each appointment, i.e., Lesson 1, Lesson 2, etc. I followed this protocol, skipping the parts that the patient could already do with ease. I thought, even way back then, that the lessons seemed to be somewhat “cookie cutter”. I altered the lessons but still stuck to the basic premise that therapy should be:
A. Correct the tongue tip placement first,
B. Move to the middle placement of the tongue
C. End with the posterior tongue placement; then move on to water and food swallows.
I am not disrespecting the teachers I had; on the contrary, they set the standard and advanced knowledge about orofacial myology! Many therapy approaches are still segmented in a way that makes integration and habituation difficult or impossible. I was becoming more convinced every day that by using a number of exercise combinations is a sequential progression, the final outcome of maximizing the patient’s abilities and stabilization of their problem areas could occur. It is just over the past few years, working with Sandra, that I have come to rethinking the therapy process:
Forget about lessons and just create what each patient needs from scratch, based on the thorough oral examination, consultation, and observations along the way. Now, depending on what goal I set for them, I may need to have a prescribed number of repetitions in order for them to achieve their target. This tactic works well if I’m trying to improve an area of weakness that I have found during my evaluation. Sometimes I use activities and exercises to gain correct postures or enable the ability to make rapid movements like those needed for the chew/suck/swallow process. With these, the patient doesn’t need a set number of exercises practiced 3 times a day. Instead, they need to demonstrate at the next lesson the ability to perform with ease, rapidity and consistency. What I have described is Sandra’s course in a nutshell. I may be “preaching to the choir” to many of you who already embrace this practice but to those who don’t, I hope a new way of thinking about therapy will emerge for you after considering this innovative and very effective method.
Believe me, you will be tapped into a new vision, a new way of looking at therapy and, I guarantee, a new excitement for this incredible field!
“Sandra is wonderful! She is enthusiastic and a wealth of knowledge. She has given me information and confidence I feel I need to be successful!”
"We enjoyed a fascinating presentation by Sandy Coulson providing insight into the work she has dedicated herself to for forty-seven years. Titled "This is Myofunctional Therapy, does it work?" , showed vividly illustrated before and after photos of children and adults with dramatic improvement of facial deformities and tooth structure.
No wonder Sandy continues her commitment to this incredible profession."
"You wowed everyone with your presentation. You're right, pictures tell the story much better about the results you are able to achieve than trying to describe them. The symptoms you treat are ones we laypersons don't normally see or think about, until we see someone with those symptoms because the appearance is not normal. Your results are amazing, and clearly life changing to make the persons appearance more acceptable so they don't have to face those negative reactions. You are blessed to be doing such rewarding work.
I think you also address issues that afflict many of us as we age. I'm thinking of snoring, sleep apnea, double chin, teeth, wrinkles and baldness. Well, maybe not all of those, but some. Maybe a follow-up talk would be in order to let us know what we might do for self help, and what might be appropriate for a private appointment with you.
Everyone was impressed with what you are able to do to help people. Thank you for sharing.
You are a treasure."