Meeting a new patient that you suspect might have an orofacial myofunctional (“myo”) disorder and not knowing what to do next.
“What if I make the wrong judgement call on their chart?”
“What if I accidentally harm them trying something new?”
“What if I get in trouble for working beyond my specialty?”
If you’re like most competent medical providers you KNOW how critical identifying an orofacial myofunctional disorder is BUT you just don’t know how to help the patient in front of you.
A moment like that can range anywhere from intimidating to downright defeating and it’s easy to understand why.
Neither were most myofunctional therapists. It might sound crazy, but it’s absolutely true. So much of the undergraduate and graduate school curriculum out there completely omit teaching about orofacial myofunctional disorders.
This leads to highly-educated clinicians spending THOUSANDS of dollars and YEARS of clinical experience just to gain an understanding of how to assess our orofacial myofunctional cases.
But what if all that information could be condensed into ONE gloriously easy-to-understand document?
I’m a TOT-Savvy Speech-Language Pathologist, Pediatric Feeding Specialist and Certified Orofacial Myologist dedicated to helping other clinical professionals gain the confidence and clarity they need to address orofacial myofunctional issues in their practice and become the clinician their patients need!
I’ve spent more time than any one professional should researching and refining the best approach for orofacial myofunctional patients to save myself, my staff, and YOU precious time, energy, and money while making a difference in our communities!
“Love this checklist! Developmentally breaks down the key areas of feeding/swallowing. Easy tool to use with families to demonstrate development of skills. Also a great tool to use as clinician's as a cheat sheet during intervention!”
-- Karen Hosea, MA, CCC-SLP
“I have used Hallie's pediatric feeding screener in the past few months and have loved how easy it is to administer. So, when I heard she had created a Myo screener I knew I had to try it. Like her pediatric feeding screener, this tool is quick, comprehensive, and easy to understand. It is a great way to give the parents a short summary about what you are seeing and why believe the child would benefit from Myo therapy. Thank you, Hallie for these great tools!”
-- Emily Weston, MS, CCC-SLP
“I think it is a great resource. I am just getting into OMD's and I like the check boxes to help remember all of the different areas we should be looking for broken down into parts, although they overlap at times, it is nice to make sure all the areas are covered.”
-- Dr. Stacie Fox, SLPD CCC/SLP, CAS
This packet was designed with input from Certified Orofacial Myologists to help our own kind.
If you’re not in the following professional categories, this checklist isn’t for you: SLP, OT, RDH, DDS.
We’ve mapped out the 40 most common and most important observations that Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists encounter for patients across the lifespan.
This packet is perfect for helping patients, their families and other professionals understand your observations and inform further assessment and treatment recommendations.
We recommend printing it out and keeping a few copies on your clipboard so that you’re ready to go anytime you’re asked to screen a new patient or evaluate the progress of an existing patient.
Patients can benefit enormously from having consistent assessment criteria mapped out over time so use this screening packet early and often!
This screener is a quick, efficient, and easy way to gain more information about a client and determine if any outside referrals may be needed. The components of the screener are well organized and prepared me to provide sufficient education to the client’s family, as it was clearly outlined and simple to review. The FAST myo screener is easy to follow and it surely sticks to its name of being “fast” and efficient! I felt the screener assisted me in developing a comprehensive screen for any myofunctional concerns a client or family may have. I love this resource and am excited to add it to my toolbox in the future!
-- Ashley Watson, MS, CF-SLP
This screener is AMAZING! It's extremely comprehensive and helps to ensure you cross all your t's and dot all your i's in myo assessment. It's organized well and is very well thought out! Great for clinicians of all levels in the pediatric realm.
-- Kathleen Dung, MS, CF-SLP
All information, content and material of the F.A.S.T. Myo Screener is intended for use by only qualified medical providers and is to be used as a screening tool to determine if further assessment is warranted. It is not intended to be used as a comprehensive orofacial myofunctional evaluation or comprehensive diagnostic tool.