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Episode 245:  Taking Back Control of Your Health and Finding Root Causes with Jessica Hassell, MS CCC-SLP

In this week’s episode, Hallie is excited to chat with Jessica Hassell—mom of 8, SLP, and Myofunctional therapist specializing in homeopathy. Jessica’s journey started in early intervention and feeding, where her interest in oral motor intricacies grew. 

After taking Hallie’s course, The Myo Method®, she launched her private clinic, addressing orofacial myofunctional disorders and offering homeopathic consultations.

Listen in as Jess shares her personal journey with tongue tie and feeding issues, highlighting challenges in finding suitable providers for her children’s tongue ties. She emphasizes the importance of a root cause approach. 

The episode also underscores the need for increased education and awareness among providers and parents, discussing the benefits of early intervention in improving oral function in infants. Jess shares her experience with their baby’s full release and explores the impact of tethered tissue under the tongue on the entire body.

If this episode has resonated with you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag Hallie @halliebulkin and Jessica @living.rooted

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Tongue tie and feeding issues
  • Hereditary trait of tongue ties
  • Symptoms of feeding issues
  • Importance of tongue tie releases and myofunctional therapy
  • Challenges in finding providers for tongue tie treatment
  • Need for more education and awareness among providers and parents
  • Benefits of early intervention and improving oral function in infants
  • Importance of addressing the root cause of feeding issues
  • Positive changes after tongue tie release and myofunctional therapy
  • Impact of tongue tie on the rest of the body
  • Need for implementing a checklist for tethered oral tissues in pediatrician’s offices
  • Universal newborn feeding screenings to assess for tethered tissues
  • Advocating for children and trusting instincts



Pediatric feeding screenings are critical! All pediatric SLPs & OTs should know how to screen, even if you don’t work in ped feeding! 

If a child has a speech sound disorder and/or sensory feeding challenges there’s likely an oral motor deficit at play. We need to screen all of our pediatric patients to know if further evaluation is needed. Afterall, if additional services are needed, it’s our job to provide them and help our littlest patients function optimally! 

If you’re an SLP or OT (students welcome, too!), join Hallie and thousands of your SLP & OT colleagues for a FREE 5-day training and screen your first pediatric feeding patient. Over 20,348+ SLPs & OTs have already completed this free training. Now it’s YOUR TURN! 


Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Free trainingJanuary 22-26, 2024: Hallie will bring the patients!
  • 5 Hours on a certificate of completion to count toward your renewal hours.
  • Opportunity to earn 1 of 5 Full Scholarships  [2 needs based] to the 12-week Feed The Peds® course
  • A free pediatric feeding screening packet.


Inside the free screening packet, you’ll find:

  • A pediatric development chart from birth to 36 months of age 
  • A checklist with the 50 most common symptoms 
  • A chart to easily organize findings & determine if further assessment is needed
  • A referral form to easily refer patients to other specialists, when needed


Doors to Feed The Peds® [the 12-week course] will be open 

January 29 – February 2, 2024! 

Bonus: enroll in the 12 week course and you’ll get the 5 hours from the free training for official ASHA and AOTA CEUs!



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Join Hallie for the FREE 5-Day Training (January 22-26, 2024):

Doors To Feed The Peds® open January 29th to February 2nd, 2024!  

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