Using the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function™©

Overview

Professionals need reliable tools to support babies regardless of the feeding method. Dr. Hazelbaker created The Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function™© (ATLFF™©) as a result of her work developing, formalizing and codifying the diagnostic criteria for tongue-tie in infants. The ATLFF™© remains the only valid and reliable tongue-tie screening and assessment tool for infants under six months of age regardless of feeding method. This module incorporates step-by-step instructions and video segments that demonstrate the proper use of each component of the ATLFF™© and provides learners a comparison of classification, assessment, and screening tools.

CEUs: 1.5 L-CERP

Course Price: $50.00 (USD)

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Learning Objectives

The learner will be able to:

  • Distinguish between classification schema, simple assessment instruments, and screening tools.
  • Articulate the seven function criteria included in the ATLFF™©.
  • Articulate the five appearance criteria in the ATLFF™©.
  • Explain the frenotomy/frenectomy decision rule built into the ATLFF™© scoring.

Topics Covered

  • Definition of tongue-tie.
  • Comparison of classification, assessment, and screening tools.
  • Video showing the ATLFF™© in practice.
  • Rules for precise assessment of tongue-tie.
  • Seven function criteria: descriptors, appropriate assessment method, and proper scoring.
  • Five appearance criteria: descriptors, appropriate assessment method, and proper scoring.
  • Scoring analysis and surgery decision rule.

Course/Module Description

Dr. Hazelbaker developed some and formalized and codified all the diagnostic criteria for tongue-tie in infants. Her research on assessment and screening for tongue-tie has set a worldwide standard and forms the basis for many of the other proposed and yet-to-be researched screening processes. The ATLFF™© remains the only valid and reliable tongue-tie screening and assessment tool for infants under six months of age regardless of feeding method. In this module, Dr. Hazelbaker uses multiple video segments to illustrate the proper use of the ATLFF™©. Participants come away with a thorough understanding of the ATLFF™© and its proper application in clinical settings as a screening tool for infant tongue-tie.

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Instructor

Dr. Alison Hazelbaker

Dr. Alison Hazelbaker

Testimonials

"I'm grateful for Dr. Hazelbaker's energy, the science she includes to illustrate the reasoning behind each technique, and especially in clarifying tongue-tie issues."

- Katie, Texas

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