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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

2 Days’ Full Training CPD Course


Dubai Health Authority’s CPD Accreditation (10 credit points).

Registrations are now closed.

If you are interested in attending the next editions of this training in UK or in the UAE,

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The Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy CPD course that was initially rolled out across Spain and Portugal, now reaffirms its status as it reaches English-speaking countries for the first time. Courtesy of the prestigious Fono Center & CTRD Health and Education Group, this intensive 2 days’ full training course on Oralfacial Motricity is now available in the UAE and England. Taught by the Brazilian phonoaudiologist Aline Braga, who is currently one of the most recognized experts in this field in the Iberian Peninsula, this course leads you to immediately start working in orofacial myofunctional disorders with autonomy, security and an effective therapeutic results. Not only her extensive knowledge and experience as clinician and researcher in this specialty, but also her strong entrepreneur vein that has been changing the Speech and Language Pathology’s paradigm in these countries will unassailably lead you to make your mark in the marketplace in this field too. In other words, an excellent opportunity not only to reassess obsolete concepts, but to get up-to-date in advances in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy with one of its international eminence.

Programme Summary

  • Revision of facial, oropharyngeal, and cervical-laryngeal anatomy
  • Clinical correlations of muscular innervation of
    • facial expressions
    • mastication
    • oral cavity
    • pharyngolaryngeal region
  • Physiology, inter-relation, stomatological dynamics
  • Occlusion: classification, alterations, and corrective treatments
  • Specifics of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
  • Cerebral functioning and organisation and Orofacial Motricity
  • Evaluation and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)
  • Cryotherapy, thermotherapy and vibration; how, when and why?
  • Static, dynamic and counter-resistance exercises; how, when and why?
  • Indication, potentialities and limitations of OMT as a complementary treatment for:
    • Orthodontics
    • Orthognathic surgery
    • Neuro-oclusal rehabilitation (Dr. Pedro Planas)
    • Otorhinolaryngology
    • Case studies and clinical discussion

Target audience

Language, Speech, Swallowing and Feeding Pathologists and students in final year of degree course.



To equip the participants for clinical intervention in the main functional and musculoskeletal alterations of the head and neck, by means of pedagogic activities. This allows participants to acquire new theoretical-practical knowledge to boost their clinical vision and reasoning; both of which are indispensable for optimal performance in this field.


  • Review all of the neuroanatomy and physiology of the craniofacial set.
  • Introduce participants to the world of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.
  • Enable participants to act in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context.
  • Present and discuss different therapeutic strategies. For example, the main orofacial myofunctional manoeuvres, techniques and exercises.
  • Prepare participants for immediate, practical application of all acquired knowledge, both in a preventative context and as therapeutic intervention, to the various relevant medical conditions.

Aline Braga


Aline Braga is graduated in Phonoaudiology at the Faculty of Medicine at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), professionally recognised by the Portuguese and Spanish Ministries of Health. Specialist in Geriatrics and Gerontology (University of Aveiro – UA), an official master’s degree in Neuroscience at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). Additionally, lecturer for the Postgraduate Programme in Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) for ENT specialists at the University of Minho (UM). Aline was a pioneer in the diffusion of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Portugal, where she is now considered a point of reference for clinical practice and research in this field. She is also involved a range of other activities in said country, acting as an advisor and specialist in the area of Orofacial Mobility, coordinator for the Northern Delegation of the APTF (Portuguese Association of Speech Therapists) and speech therapist at the ENT and Dental Medicine Institute of the CUF in Porto. In Spain, Aline is a speech therapist at the CRL Speech Therapy Rehabilitation Centre, lecturer for the Master’s in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at the Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC), and a researcher at the University Hospital Ramón and Cajal and at the Institute for Sleep Research (IIS), all of which are based in Madrid. She is affiliated to the Brazilian Sleep Association and a member of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders (ESSD) and the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), amongst others. She participates in various national and international conferences relating to Sleep Medicine and Speech Therapy, as well as courses in Brazil and Europe concerning the correlations between Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Medicine and Odontology, such as sleep-related respiratory illnesses, neurorehabiliation, neuroendocrinology and temporomandibular dysfunctions.

Dates and Venues

MAR/ 03rd-04th

Gloria Hotel Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai

United Arab Emirates

25 Places Available

FEB/ 25-26th

IBIS Styles London Excel

727 Victoria Dock Road Costum House

London E16 3BY

25 Places Available


1500 AED until FEB/ 6th

1800 AED from FEB/ 5th on.


320 £ until JAN/ 25th

395 £ from JAN/ 26th on.


  • 16 hours of training
  • SIGO – DGERT (Certificate)
  • Supporting course material
  • Coffee – breaks


CTRD’s Professional Development Courses incorporate an expository and dynamic methodology. They are specially-designed to enhance speech-therapists’ theoretical-practical abilities at the highest technical and scientific level, in their respective specialist areas. The student’s final mark is based on the sum of the score of a written test taken in the course’s second session, (to which a weighting of 80% will be ascribed), combined with a score given for the student’s overall course participation (to which a weighting of 20% will be ascribed).


Despite its strong origin from Education, SLT has been passing through a very important paradigma change, approaching more and more to Medicine in the last decades. Thanks to the influence of some Brazilian-renowned living abroad researchers specialized in clinical areas, SLT has started to go through gradual scientific and academic changes which has progressively helped to consolidate the profession as an important career in the healthcare field. On the other hand, the lack of medical basis in most universities in which SLT is taught created the need for more in-depth study opportunities, ones that cover other types of pathologies and age ranges not only related to children’s language issues. Nowadays, Orofacial Motricity is the main one.

The traditional medical basis formation these Brazilian Orofacial Motricity specialists are more and more spreading abroad their country were definitely the beginning of the sanitary profile by which SLT is starting to be recognized in places like Portugal and Spain nowadays. With this context in mind and a renowned roll in this paradigma changings, CTRD is now expanding the reach of its courses to English-speaking countries. Especially designed both to professionals with or without experience in orofacial myofunctional disorders, CTRD first training program manages to perfectly make the links between theory and practice, besides connecting SLT intervention to other medical specialties.

The course is taught by the visionary director of Fono Center/ CTRD, Aline Braga, one of the most important icons of Brazilian Phonoaudiology and Orofacial Motricity due to of her importance in the strategic development of the profession in the Iberian Peninsula. In an unique and didactic way, the researcher encourages professionals to develop a new vision and expand their clinical reasoning via Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. By the end of the course, all of the knowledge acquired relating to the main myofunctional and musculoskeletal alterations of the head and neck can be put into practice with total autonomy and confidence, as all attendees are fully prepared to apply what they’ve learnt straight away.





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