Professional Resources

Swallowing & Speech
The following list contains companies and individuals that I may or not know.
I have no direct ownership to any of the companies, although I do present for proud of it!  
The names are provided strictly as a potential resource for you, the visitor.  

Every speech-language pathologist loves learning about therapy.  If you have not visited this website, I recommend you do.  Speech Therapy Professional Development offers 126 Online VIDEO COURSES by 70 expert presenters.   Need CEUs?  You can get them here.  The founder and CEO of this amazing  company is an SLP, Darla Torkelson, and she knows what we are all looking for--good, practical information.  Yes, I have courses on her site, but there are many other reeealy good courses.  Say a big hello to Darla while you're there!

The IAOM is the original training and certifying body in Orofacial Myology.  They offer clinicians that specialize in Speech-Language Pathology, Dental Hygiene, and Dentistry a 28+ hour course in orofacial myology. Their goal is to increase awareness of orofacial myofunctional disorders and their impact; they hold a convention each year.  Mary Billings is the current president (, and the 2018 president elect is Kristie Gatto, M.A., CCC-SLP (  Become a Certified Orofacial Myologist!  Or, looking for a COM in your area?  The IAOM website can help you.

Diane Bahr, M.S., CCC-SLP

Diane is a therapist's therapist.  She says, "I've spent the first half of my career fixing speech and feeding problems.  I plan to spend the second half preventing them."  She has over 30 years of experience working with children, their families, their therapists, and their doctors.  Diane does seminars and writes award winning books.  Her book Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything From Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development was awarded the 2010 Top Choice of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine.  We are very fortunate Diane has chosen to share her extensive knowledge.  Check out her website!

The Oral Motor Institute

The OMI is a group of speech-language pathologists (I am a board member) who support the use of physiologically-based, oral sensory-motor techniques to enhance speech and feeding therapeutic success. Its mission is to contribute to the field of speech-language-hearing science by expanding evidence-based knowledge within the areas of articulation, motor speech, and feeding development.  Pam Marshalla, the founder of OMI and much respected therapist, author, and seminar presenter passed in 2015. Since that time, Robyn Merkel-Walsh has assumed the Board Chair and leadership role.  Come join the OMI group!

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