Airway, Apnea, Orthodontics, and OPT



Course Description

This course is taught by TalkTools Instructor, Heather Vukelich and Dr. Brian Hockel, DDS and discusses typical vs. atypical jaw and mouth muscle development and how these impact the basics of life: speech, feeding -- and breathing -- with an emphasis on the Down syndrome population.
Heather and Brian provide strategies and techniques for improved speech, feeding, breathing and sleeping -- from both the SLP perspective and the orthodontist perspective.

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Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Summarize the etiology of facial and airway growth, and the implications for sleep apnea.
  2. Apply OPT methods as part of overall treatment for speech and facial development.
  3. Demonstrate orthodontic approaches which affect speech, facial appearance and airway health.
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Heather Vukelich, MS, CCC-SLP bio Brian Hockel, DDS bio


This program is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level: Professional Area | 0.3 AOTA CEUs. | 3 Instructional Hours (see TalkTools ASHA CEU Policy and Process for more information)

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

AGD Subject Codes: Orthodontics 60%, Pediatric Dentistry 10%, Special Patient Care 30%
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) through the joint program provider approval of the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics (AAGO) and TalkTools. The AAGO is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit. 
The current term of TalkTools approval extends from 6/15/19 to 12/31/19.
AAGO Provider ID #218350
Learning Options
  • Online ONLY for 1 learner -- ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE (downloadable workbook)
  • Online + SUPPLIES for 1 learner --  ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE, plus the following supplies 
  • Group Rate for 5 learners
    • ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE for 5 learners
    • 5 sets of SUPPLIES listed above


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