In today’s episode, I’m happy to welcome back Robyn Merkel Walsh to talk about tethered oral tissues (TOTs). Back in the day, we learned about ankyloglossia. If we were lucky, 5 minutes was spent talking about the issue and we moved on. After all, TOTS is pretty low-incidence, right? Well, maybe not…
Here are just a sample of the areas we covered:
1. Seven (yes 7 areas of oral frena)
2. How Brazil is way ahead of the curve on TOTs.
3. Who is providing the therapy pre and post-op?
4. Scope of practice issues
5. Where the oral motor debate is taking us
Note: this conversation was recorded in November 2019, just prior to the 2019 ASHA convention.
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About the host...
I am now in my 22nd year as a speech-language pathologist. I began my career working with adults (acute/subacute, skilled nursing facility, trach/vent hospitals). Around 2000, I transitioned towards pediatrics and never looked back. I currently work in a school setting full-time (serving children with moderate-severe disabilities) while continuing a private practice part-time.
That’s the short version at least…
That's me with the family (background) at Chicago Botanic Garden (The Lightscape show).
Me and my trusty microphone!
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