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Therapeutic Readiness for Tongue Tie Releases

December 20, 2023 at 1:02:15 PM

Oral Dysfunction Can Lead to That? Discussions with an Orofacial Functional Specialist

“Every unique symptom is a call to explore beyond the known territories of our field.” -Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC

☝️Who can argue with that?

In this podcast episode, Theresa welcomes Autumn Henning as her guest, who specializes in infant and pediatric feeding and orofacial functional disorders. They discuss the importance of practice-based evidence, collaboration, functioning vs functional therapy, and trying different treatment strategies. They emphasize the need to consider the bigger picture and connect different systems in the body. Finally, Theresa and Autumn touch on a component of therapy we’re all too familiar with: provider burnout and the significance of self-care.

August 23, 2023 at 1:20:21 PM

"I am my own secret sauce"

In today’s episode, we bring in a remarkable individual who inspires us to embrace personal growth and live life to the fullest.

Autumn R. Henning is a firm believer in the power of self-discovery and transformation. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Orofacial Myologist®, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Autumn has dedicated her career to supporting individuals on their journey to optimal health.

Beyond her professional expertise, Autumn's perspective on life is truly remarkable. Embracing her own uniqueness, she confidently asserts, "I am my own secret sauce." Passionate about personal evolution, Autumn constantly seeks growth through reading, podcasts, and self-reflection. Her unwavering commitment to becoming a better version of herself resonates deeply. In her own words, "It's about me rising beyond my past self."

Get ready to be inspired as we explore Autumn's incredible story, her unwavering passion for personal growth, and her profound wisdom on living life authentically. Join us as we uncover the secrets to embracing our uniqueness, transcending limitations, and creating a life that resonates with purpose.

June 7, 2023 at 7:23:11 PM

How do we recognize oral-motor dysfunction across the lifespan?

There are few people who are certified to treat oral dysfunction (tongue tie, etc) throughout the lifespan, and Lisa is excited to share this conversation with one of them, Autumn Henning MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC. Topics we discussed: - The symptoms of tongue tie in different age groups - The importance of multidisciplinary approach at all life stages - How tongue tie treatment in one family member can assist the whole family to recognize and heal Research study mentioned associating tongue tie and speech difficulty:

Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC is the owner of Chrysalis Orofacial in Greenville, SC. It is the first and only clinic of its kind in the region, specializing in orofacial function and development throughout the lifespan. Through Chrysalis Orofacial, she has developed and taught thousands of professionals in her continuing education courses. Here's her website: Ways to connect with Lisa: Tongue Tie Experts freebies and pro and parent's programs Please, like, rate, review and share this podcast. Let's educate the world about tongue tie. Thanks so much! A gentle disclaimer. Please do not consider anything discussed on this podcast, by myself or any guest of the podcast, to be medical advice. The information is provided for educational purposes only and does not take the place of your own medical or lactation provider.

December 2, 2022 at 7:00:56 PM

Top 3 Reasons for Speech Impediments and Speech Myth Busters

Autumn Henning, SLP Speech Language Pathologist busting Speech Myths, Kimi calls this one "Speech Myth Busters". She gives us so many insightful nuggets such as the "Top 3 Reasons for Speech Sound Disorders". We talk about the pharyngeal and esophogeal swallow and all the crazy things that need to happen in the throat after the food leaves the mouth to swallow (14 minutes). 26 muscles, 6 cranial nerves for each swallow. Hygienists and SLP can work with oral phase of swallow with chewing and tongue placement, but for swallowing disorders in the throat or esophogus is more SLP scope. This is why it's important to collaborate!

We talk about why R is such a common speech disorder and WHY from a speech perspective. Tongue tie or not, R is the most common speech issue. (34 minutes)

We talk about reasons why kids that are in speech therapy at school are often missed for myofunctional disorders or ties. Because, just like in dentistry, myofunctional therapy is not taught as part of curriculum in school for SLP. As well as funding and district rules in school systems.

We talk about the controversial topic of provider fatigue, gate keeping treatment due to tongue space. We each talk about our personal airway size and how we would not be candidates for releases.

To work with Autumn in South Carolina. She can work with babies-adults. Insta chrysalisorofacial1

To take her courses TOTS Training, Plot the TOT, STONES Approach. For SLP, RDH, OT, PT, DDS.

October 19, 2022 at 1:37:16 PM

Episode 8: Orofacial Development Through the Lifespan

My guest today is Autumn Henning, Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Orofacial Myologist, and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Autumn graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders and is an Assistant Professor within the voluntary faculty series in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Kentucky College of Health Science. She was a Founding Board Member of the International Consortium for Oral Ankylofrenual Professionals (ICAP). Autumn specializes in orofacial function and development throughout the lifespan. She has spoken at a variety of prestigious conferences and organizations, written articles, appeared as a guest on several podcasts, and trained thousands of professionals. You can find out more about Autumn on her website at

Show Notes:

Autumn’s website:

Blog – Abolishing the “Preferred Provider” Title:

Blog – Words Are Worth a Thousand Pictures:

TOTS Training Course:

TOTS Trained Professionals Directory:

Signs of Tongue Tie:

Amitai 2020 Folic Acid and Tongue Tie Research:

July 20, 2022 at 3:33:21 PM

Episode 15: Tongue Ties-- The Whole Picture

I know most of my content is about feeding issues that may affect breastfeeding babies but today I have something for adults and babies.

Episode 15 is all about de-mystifying all things tongue-tie related and why a team approach is necessary for effectively addressing tongue & lip ties. We even go into details about HOW to select the members of your baby's care team.

Our guest, Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC, is one of the nation's top thought leaders and practitioners of tongue-tie and oral function from birth to the elderly and everything in between.

She is the first:

Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM)
Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) AND
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
…which equals one magical 🦄 of a provider.

Autumn has completed specialty continuing education including Beckman Oral Motor, and TummyTime! Method, Understanding the Orofacial Complex, and Foundations in Myofascial Release for Neck, Voice, and Swallowing. Autumn has been invited to speak for many prestigious conferences and organizations including the International Association for Orofacial Myology (IAOM) and the International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP). She has presented as part of GOLD Learning's First Tongue Tie Symposium.

Lastly, Autumn is the creator of the cutting-edge educational course called
TOTS Training ® and has a booming private practice in Greenville, SC, called Chrysalis Orofacial®.

Mentioned in this episode:

July 20, 2022 at 2:10:45 PM

Care of TOTs with Autumn Henning (Episode 21)

In this episode Katie discusses care of TOTs with Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC of Chrysalis Orofacial. As an IBCLC and COM, Autumn works with clients the entire lifespan. Tongue tie starts in utero, changing the way baby swallows amniotic fluid and continues throughout life, effecting breastfeeding, speech, sleep and more. The effects of tongue tie never end, we just learn how to compensate, some better than others. Autumn works with a team of providers in Greenville South Carolina and has courses for providers.

June 1, 2022 at 7:08:33 PM

Chrysalis Orofacial (Episode 19)

In today's episode, we hear from Autumn Henning, founder of Chrysalis Orofacial. Autumn is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Orofacial Myologist and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Autumn shares with us all the services Chrysalis Orofacial provides, how the function of the face and mouth effect so many aspects of daily life and a few client success stories.

February 17, 2022 at 2:56:26 PM

Tongue Tie Truths and Orofacial Function (Episode 22)

In this podcast episode, guest Autumn Henning speaks about her experiences on the topic of Orofacial Myology Therapy (OMT) with host Kate Broderick. Kate asks Autumn technical and practical questions about OMT. Join us, whether you are a parent, family member or another healthcare professional, to gain more information and insight about this area with two experts in the field.

February 2, 2022 at 5:25:19 PM

Hometown Heroes: Airway Edition

Welcome to brand new episode of Hometown Heroes: Airway Edition! Today, we’re joined by Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC of Chrysalis Orofacial to discuss everything we need to know about orofacial function!

Episode Highlights:

Red flags for parents to look out for in children Importance of working with board certified lactation practitioners Breast and bottle feeding 101 The role of the tongue in solid food feeding Signs and symptoms for adults Guiding metrics for parents to know what provider to seek


“Clicking noise is the tongue losing the feel.”

“Pediatricians are responsible for the whole body and well being of babies.”

“Breastfeeding should never be uncomfortable.”

“If breastfeeding hurts, there’s something going on.”

“Ask questions, seek answers.”

“How our mouth and face functions dictates its structures.”

December 8, 2021 at 3:29:12 PM

Offering Courses and Clinical Services as a Specialist

Are you thinking about starting a specialty-based private practice? Do you already have one?

In this episode, I am talking to an SLP celebrity, ​​Autumn Reed Henning, about how having a specialized business and private practice has really helped her increase her impact and find success fast as a private practice owner.

Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a Certified Orofacial Myologist® through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), and she is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Autumn specializes in orofacial function and development throughout the lifespan. She works with infants to adults in her private practice, Chrysalis Orofacial in Greenville, SC.

She also has trained thousands of professionals from varying fields internationally in her E3 Model of Care and flagship course TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training.

October 4, 2021 at 4:28:56 PM

The Goods on Being Your Own Secret Sauce

In this episode, we have Autumn Read Henning M.S. CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC. We chat about the benefits of observation to your craft, and having the desire to find the solution for rooted problems. We also get to chat about her private practice and business journey as well as her newly-established online course!

We get into all the things! You'll also hear us talk about:

-The true value of skill over experienceImportance of critical thinking and confidence to share the idea

-The passion for helping peopleWillingness to create change and be the change

August 19, 2021 at 1:54:47 PM

Interview with Autumn Henning COM, SLP

Boy do we have a special episode for you!

Today we chat with Autumn Henning SLP COM IBCLC on everything Myofunctional. She is a leader in her field and blowing up the educational resources game. She has reserved some exciting announcements for this episode and we can't wait to have our fellow practitioners hear it! This interview discusses bridging the gap between providers, utilizing other professionals, educational resources and all things treatment verses therapy.

November 2, 2021 at 1:55:36 PM

Collaborative Approach to Treating Anklyoglossia

Peer-reviewed journal article:

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach when caring for patients with ankyloglossia has the potential to improve function and quality of life throughout the lifespan.

November 2, 2021 at 1:34:28 PM

The 411 on Lip Taping

In this episode, Hallie and Autumn R. Henning SLP COM IBCLC give the 411 on lip taping. They discuss the importance of determining the root cause of a patient's mouth breathing and how lip taping is quite literally putting a band aid on the problem (vs. addressing the root cause). They go on to highlight the importance of myofunctional therapy to help guide the musculature for a proper closed mouth posture.

July 22, 2021 at 12:28:44 PM

Where to start and End with TOTs?

Autumn and Hallie discuss tongue-tie symptoms and assessments, diagnosis, treatment timelines, criteria for referrals, creating a treatment team of other specialists, and the importance of after-care and post-release therapy.

June 16, 2021 at 7:34:04 PM

The Trifecta of SLP Certifications

We talk about the private practice of an SLP who has followed her passion and is certified in Certified Orofacial Myologist® through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

November 2, 2021 at 1:51:39 PM

Episode 26 ft. Autumn Henning, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC

In today’s episode, Brittny and Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC discuss all things TOTs related— how to explain TOTs to patients and parents, how to respond when they say “but nobody ever told me this before!”, the importance of pre and post op therapy, how to handle a patient who does not follow your recommendations/referrals, what providers are a must for TOTs cases, and what factors to consider for optimal timing of release.

November 2, 2021 at 2:01:00 PM

Podcast with Martha Macaluso

November 2, 2021 at 2:07:48 PM


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