The STONES Approach

This advanced myofunctional therapy 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.


The Syllabus

Schedule may vary based on location. 

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 - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 - 1:00 PM

1:00 - 2:00 PM

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Day 2


Keystones, Cornerstones, and Stepping Stones of Treatment


Referral Indicators and Discussion of 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 - 12:00 PM

12:00 - 1:00 PM

1:00 - 2:00 PM

2:00 - 3:00 PM

3:00 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:00 PM

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

Policies and Disclosures


Cancellation - Registrants may cancel their registration up to 7 days before the course start date to receive a 75% refund minus 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. Chrysalis Orofacial® is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants (i.e. non-refundable travel arrangements).

Special Accommodation Requests - If you require special accommodations, please notify Chrysalis Orofacial® at the time of registration, 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 dowloading of our materials. For any technical difficulties, please contact your ISP or local IT department for support.


Content - This advanced course focuses on clinical decision-making and details with implementing treatment for an orofacial myofunctional disorder.

Financial - Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC is the owner of Chrysalis Orofacial and receives a salary, speaking fees, and royalties for presenting continuing education courses. 


In-Kind - Lunch may be provided by an outside company in exchange for presenting during lunch and distributing marketing materials to the participants. 

Non-financial -  Autumn R. Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC is currently appointed and in good standing as an Assistant Professor within the voluntary faculty series in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences.  She is a former Founding Board Member for the International Consortium for Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP) and has personal experience with tethered oral tissues.  She is a a member of IAOM and AAPPSPA.

Disclaimer - Chrysalis Orofacial® does not endorse the use of any particular product.  Any product shown during the course is for educational purposes.  All participants are cautioned to practice within their legal and ethical scope of practice.


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.

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