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Keywords

orofacial myofunctional disorders, speech sound disorders, university training programs, speech-language pathologists

Abstract

Including orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs)-related content in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) curricula is vital to meeting the demands of the profession. The author was prompted to investigate this issue further as a result of her own observations of the resulting benefits from the past 12 years. Student training continues to evolve in order to address this need. This article seeks to substantiate the importance of this content and offer methods for inclusion and possible benefits. The investigation revealed the important role OMDs can play in the preparation of speech-language pathologists. University programs are encouraged to consider including the fundamentals of OMDs in order to best meet the needs of public school students and patients, as well as university students who are the future professionals. Appendices containing related data and an outline of content that could be featured in a course or workshop are provided.

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