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The 24th Annual Dr. Arthur E. Iwersen Pediatric Symposium: Understanding Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders: Looking Beyond the Structure

Thursday, April 11

9 AM - Noon

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA


This two-part course will allow participants to develop deeper understanding of the functional systems contained within the orofacial complex and how early developmental interruptions can negatively impact cranial and dentofacial development.

This session will enable participants to:
- Define an orofacial myofunctional disorders
- Facilitate an undertanding of the role speech language pathologists play in identifying in treating orofacial myofunctional disorders in all age groups
- Understand the primary and secondary functions of the oral mechanism
-Recognize the dynamic relationship between structure and functional systems of the orofacial complex
-Learn the multi-factorial etiologies of oral myofunctional disorders in the developing child


Mary Billings, M.S., C.C.C., COM

Mary Billings, MS,CCC,COM® is a speech-language pathologist and a Certified Orofacial Myologist. She is the owner of Billings Speech Pathology Services, LLC, a private practice serving the greater Kansas City metropolitan area since 1994.

She an accredited continuing education instructor in the field of orofacial myofunctional disorders and currently serves as a Board Director for the Oral Motor Institute. She is a past President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology. In 2017, Mary was nationally recognized as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the area of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Working collaboratively with other leaders in the field she has received numerous awards for her efforts to expand clinical understanding of OMDs and advocacy for early identification and treatment. Conflict of Interest: None reported

Mary Billings, M.S., C.C.C., COM
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