Fascia-nating: Uncovering the Truth about Tongue, Lip, and Cheek Ties

Fascia-nating: Uncovering the Truth about Tongue, Lip, and Cheek Ties
Dr. Katherine Sanchez, CCC-SLP

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Research and anecdotes have reflected a dramatic international increase in the number of surgeries to manage tongue, lip, and cheek ties. Feeding and speech outcomes are said to be associated with ties, and so SLPs are an important part of the assessment team who inform management decisions. But what is a tie? What does it have to do with feeding and speech? What do we actually know, and how can we use that information in our practice?

In this presentation, we will review some of the evidence around tongue, lip and cheek ties, their effect on feeding and communication, and the implications of surgical intervention. Participants will develop the skills to critically examine research, practices, and claims related to ties.

ASHA: 0.2

Intermediate, Live

CA SLPAHB: 2.0 Live 

CMH: 2.0 Live

Dr. Katherine Sanchez is an Australian SLP whose clinical and research experience has focused on feeding and communication in children from 0-6 years of age. She has multiple peer-reviewed publications in pediatric and SLP journals, and has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally on topics related to preterm birth, and pediatric feeding. She co-owns a private speech pathology practice, edits and writes for a website that translates research for clinical SLPs, and is a postdoctoral researcher, and regular guest academic.

  1. Define the place of the SLP in the team of professionals involved in assessing and managing possible ties
  2. Discuss the current evidence pertaining to the impact of ties on feeding and communication
  3. Discuss potential risks and benefits related to surgical intervention for ties

This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.

Financial— Will receive a speaking fee from the Lavi Institute/Power Up Conference

Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

5 mins – Disclosures, Introduction

25 mins – Review of evidence based therapeutic strategies

50 mins – Methodology

30 mins – Results and Recommendations

10 mins – Q&A

Course: 0033
Fascia-nating: Uncovering the Truth about Tongue, Lip, and Cheek Ties

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