There are many versions of ALF education, but there is only one authentic version of ALF Therapy as developed by its innovator: Dr. Darick Nordstrom.
This is a uniquely designed course geared for both the entry level practitioner and those wanting to learn Dr. Nordstrom's approach to ALF Therapy as a foundation for future courses taught through the ALF InterFACE Academy, Inc.
The ALF: Foundations course is designed after nearly 40 years of development and guided by clinical collaboration between interdisciplinary treatment teams.
By offering instruction on both the principles and the techniques, this valuable information can be used as a stepping stone in your journey to providing ALF Therapy on your office.
Pre-course videos and handouts will be available 2 weeks prior to the course to allow you to be prepared for the high-level instruction provided during ALF Foundations.
Part 2 of the course (ALF: HOME) will be offered in a clinical setting on September 10-12, 2021
The ALF: Foundations OnDemand course will be a prerequisite to the hands-on course offered immediately prior to the hands-on portion of ALF Genesis, GROW and Guide.
Personalized registration is available by emailing Jamie@thesynergy.academy.
This course provides the entry point for practitioners who want to start the only ALF educational track that has utilizes the curriculum and appliance designs of the creator of the ALF Therapy system of appliances - Dr. Darick Nordstrom.
This course is not about simply bending wires or measuring maxillary expansion. The goal of ALF Therapy is to support functional improvements to augment craniofacial development. By understanding oral myology, neurophysiology, principles of osteopathy and reflex assessments, the practitioner can immediately implement the tools, techniques and tips learned at this course in their office.
The Why Behind The Wire curriculum is designed with a principle based approach to diagnosis, treatment planning, problem solving and interdisciplinary care.
-To introduce the history of ALF Therapies and Concepts
-To understand the principles and examples of physiology and nature
-To introduce basic ALF Appliance designs
-To better understand obstacles and opportunities in treatment
The ALF InterFACE Academy is dedicated to ensuring that our members have access to a lifetime of learning ALF Therapy as instructed by the creator of the ALF family of appliances. The AIA faculty supports Dr. Darick Nordstrom in his mission to ensure the authenticity of his message and the advancement of the principle based approach to integrative healthcare.
Over 35 years of development of comprehensive ALF Therapy based on the principles of oral myofunction, osteopathy in the cranial field, neurologic signalling, craniofacial development and orthodontic tooth movement.
Even though many have assumed that there is only one ALF design, there are in fact many designs based on the individual needs of the patient. Course participants will be introduced to the following designs as well as indications for use and basic adjustment sequencing.
More detailed instruction on each appliance design will be provided in the advanced courses based on patient age.
Basic instruction on the clinical assessment and treatment tools to be taught in detail in the hands on portion of the course.
Instruction on the relevance of understanding the neurophysiology of sleep in the context of craniofacial development
Helpful advice regarding the "when", the "where", and the "WHY" behind the wire as it relates to treatment decisions.
Basic instruction on the principles and concepts of orofacial myology and cranial osteopathy