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The STONES Approach

This advanced myofunctional course focuses on clinical decision-making and details with implementing treatment for an orofacial myofunctional disorder. Often times, clinicians know the goals for treatment, but need creative and successful strategies to achieve positive results. Additionally, it is not enough to demonstrate a skill in therapy; it should be executed without compensations and generalized to habitual function. There are many barriers to success that require outside referrals to other professionals and interventions. The course explores when and why these outside referrals are needed with treatment plan collaboration and sequencing.

This course is beneficial for participants who have taken an introductory myofunctional therapy course including:

  • Dental hygienists

  • Myofunctional Therapists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Speech Language Pathologists

Participants who complete the training in its entirety will be granted permission to use and display “The STONES Approach” logo, as a designation to the public of their completion of the training. Rules of appropriate use will be communicated after successful completion of the course.


What Our Trained Professionals
Have to Say

"It was a great advanced level course that really helped to fill many gaps for me as well as solidify my understanding of other areas. The way you approach the online course with Zach answering questions about resources via chat and collecting questions so that we know we will be able to have them answered periodically throughout the course is awesome. It was an overall great opportunity and well worth it! Thanks so much for everything!"
Alison Hughes (Speech-Language Pathologist)


Schedule may vary based on location. For online formats, times are presented in the Eastern Time Zone. 

Day 1


Introduction and Background



Clinical and Research Support


Principles of the STONES Approach


Compensations and Nuances




Evaluations for Treatment Planning

8:30 - 9:00 AM

9:00 - 10:00 AM

10:00 - 10:15 AM

10:15 - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 - 1:00 PM

1:00 - 2:00 PM

2:00 - 2:15 PM

2:15PM - 4:30PM

Day 2


Keystones, Cornerstones and Stepping Stones of Treatment



Referral Indicators and Sequencing/Timing



Oral Habit Elimination

Case Studies


Resources for Documentation, Therapy and Carryover

Conclusion, Discussion and Questions

8:30 - 9:00 AM

9:00 - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 - 1:00 PM

1:00 - 2:00 PM

2:00 - 3:00 PM

3:00 - 3:15 PM


3:15 - 3:45 PM


3:45 - 4:30 PM

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Learning Outcomes/Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify guiding principles of The STONES Approach

  • Describe the Keystones of Myofunctional Therapy (i.e., overall myofunctional goals)

  • Associate the Cornerstones of Myofunctional Therapy (i.e., component skills) with the Keystones of Myofunctional Therapy

  • Apply the Stepping Stones of Myofunctional Therapy (i.e., specific exercises) to achieve the Cornerstones of Myofunctional Therapy

  • Employ adaptive strategies on an individualized level using cues, props, modifications, and task analysis

  • Integrate strategies to reduce common compensations

  • Track the progress of myofunctional therapy goals

  • Implement methods for patient self-monitoring, carryover, and habitualization

  • Formulate criteria to guide clinical decision making and treatment timetables for external referrals

Credentials and Accreditation


Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA Approved CEUs (Advanced Level, Professional Area). It is recognized by The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Please make sure to have your ASHA member number available if applicable. Satisfactory completion requires full attendance on both days.  For in-person courses, there will be a sign-in and sign-out sheet. For online courses, the CE Assistant Director/Administrator will check usernames at the beginning of each day and periodically throughout each day and link them to the attendance roster.  Each attendee who completes the course in full will receive a certificate of completion/attendance.  


Orofacial Myologists​

This course is an approved CE course for the IAOM.

Occupational Therapists

Please contact your licensure board and certifying organization.

Dental Professionals

Please review the following links and contact your licensure board and certifying organization:  CE Submission Guidelines

NOTE: This course is not approved for partial credit. Participants must attend the course in its entirety to receive continuing education units. All disciplines in attendance will receive a certificate upon completion of the course in its entirety for 12 hours of continuing education.

The STONES Approach Policies

Cancellation - Registrants may cancel their registration up to 7 days before the course start date to receive a 75% refund minus a non-refundable Eventbrite processing fee or their registration may be  transferred to another participant or rescheduled to another course/date with at no additional charge, with written request and subject to availability. No-shows or cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the course are non-refundable, but can be rescheduled for a future course date or transferred to another participant with written request and subject to availability at no additional charge.  Chrysalis Orofacial® reserves the right to cancel any course at any time. If Chrysalis Orofacial® cancels a course, participants will have the option of rescheduling to a future course date or receiving a refund for the course registration fee.  Chrysalis Orofacial® is not responsible for any non-registration expenses incurred by participants (e.g., non-refundable travel arrangements).

Complaint Policy - When taking courses, Chrysalis Orofacial® students are encouraged, at all times, to communicate their concerns to course creators and/or the administrative team by emailing If a situation arises in which a student had a complaint or grievance regarding instruction or other topics related to his or her course, the student is to adhere to the following procedure:

1. Within 72 Hours: Discuss the matter with his or her online course instructor(s), if applicable. If not resolved,

2. Within the following 72 hours: Discuss the matter with the CE Director. The CE Director has the responsibility of reaching a decision that is in balance with the best interest of both the student and the organization. If a written response is needed, the student will be notified in writing within 5 business days of the CE Director’s decision. A student or any member of the public may file a grievance about this organization with the Better Business Bureau by calling (864) 242-5052 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet web site (

Special Accommodation Requests - If you require special accommodations, please notify Chrysalis Orofacial® within 45 days of the course so that necessary accommodations may be arranged.

Technical Issues - Please note that Autumn Henning and Chrysalis Orofacial® are not responsible for acts of God or technical difficulties on the end of the participant including organizational firewalls that may block the downloading of our materials. For any technical difficulties, please contact your ISP or local IT department for support.

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