TSC_Course1The American Dental Association recommends behaviour shaping with positive reinforcement to change digit sucking behaviours. This one and half day training program will show you how to implement proven successful programs in your own practice to help children change their lifelong habits in a positive way!

Urban Hotel, Brisbane

4th Dec8.30am – 4pm
5th Dec
9.00am – 1pm

Cost: $1100


Topics covered:

  • Craniofacial development and the impact of non-nutritive sucking
  • Sensory processing and non-nutritive sucking behaviour
  • The etiology of non-nutritive sucking.
  • Phases of Development of Thumbsucking
  • Types of Thumb and finger sucking habits
  • The short and long term effects – from posture, respiratory, oral, dental, speech.
  • The Power of Addiction
  • How to classify severity of a habit
  • Hair twirling and pulling, blankies and soft toy associations
  • Common approaches and why they don’t work.
  • The successful approach that can be implemented in your dental practice.
  • History and assessment – choosing your cases and referring
  • Implementation of a program
  • Behaviour and what to expect
  • Troubleshooting
  • Case Studies


With special guest speakers:
Rachel Duffy – Occupational Therapist
Damien Atzeni – Speech Pathologist

Suitable for:
Dental Therapists, Oral Health Therapists, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and any other allied health professionals working with children.

Carla Lejarraga
Dental Hygienist, and Orofacial Myologist
Director of The Thumbsucking Clinic 

Co-author of “Influence of non-Orthodontic intervention on digit sucking and consequent anterior open bite: a preliminary study” (International Dental Journal, August 2015) 

This is the first study to ever suggest a relationship between NOI – non-orthodontic intervention and the closure of anterior open bite suggesting for the first time an association between NOI and cessation of the digit sucking habit.


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