Tony Siekel
PhD
Relating Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia



disclosures
Financial: Dr. Tony Siekel is receiving an honorarium from Simon Says for his presentation

Nonfinancial: Dr. Tony Siekel is a professor at Idaho State University 
about the presentation

While you may have known there is a link between orofacial myofunctional disorders and oropharyngeal dysphagia, you might not know the exact studies. 

Follow Dr. Tony Siekel in this presentation through his extensive, personal research about the link between these issues and how they can be remediated. Be introduced to four studies that cover research in: Comparison of Individuals Diagnosed with Tongue Thrust Against Norms, Effects of Ankyloglossia on Swallowing Function, and Effects of tongue strengthening exercise on tongue tip and dorsum force generation.

LEarner outcomes
  • The participant will be able to identify common features of oropharyngeal dysphagia and tongue thrust
  • ​The participant will be able to describe identified predictors of oropharyngeal dysphagia found in a sample of individuals with untreated tongue thrust
  • ​The participant will be able to describe identified predictors of oropharyngeal dysphagia found in a sample individuals with untreated ankyloglossia.

meet the presenterS
Tony Seikel is Professor Emeritus at Idaho State University whose current research interests focus on establishing the relationship between orofacial myofunctional disorders and oropharyngeal dysphagia. He continues to teach in the neurophysiology and anatomy curriculum in his home department, Communication Sciences and Disorders at Idaho State University. Tony is an active meditator and teaches a number of mindfulness courses for the university and community. He has made numerous presentations on the effects and changes that occur as a result of mindfulness practice, and his interest in neurophysiology extends naturally to using neural science to understand the function of meditation. He is currently involved in research with other ISU faculty into the effects of mindfulness on individuals with chronic tinnitus. He is co-founder of the Portneuf Sangha and Meditation Center in Pocatello.

Time ordered agenda
5 minutes: Introduction and Rationale: 
5 minutes: Study 1: Normative Data
10 minutes: Study 2: Comparison of Individuals Diagnosed with Tongue Thrust Against Norms
5 minutes: Study 3: Effects of Ankyloglossia on Swallowing Function
5 minutes: Study 4: Effect of tongue strengthening exercise on tongue tip and dorsum force generation
Accreditation
This course is offered for .05 ASHA CEUs. (Introductory Level, Professional Area)
disclosures
Financial: Dr. Tony Siekel is receiving an honorarium from Simon Says for his presentation. 

Nonfinancial: Dr. Tony Siekel is a professor at Idaho State University