Treatments for Feeding, Speech & Mouth Functions in Pediatrics

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Presenter: Diane Bahr, MS CCC-SLP CIMI
Early intervention and pediatric treatment are changing. There are not enough resources to serve the numerous children with feeding, speech/communication, and mouth function problems (e.g., those with prematurity, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, other congenital disorders, etc.). Occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, early intervention specialists, dieticians, pediatricians, nurses, and others need detailed information to make appropriate referrals, choose appropriate treatment techniques, divide team responsibilities, and train parents/care providers. Techniques (learned in this course) are functional practices interventionists can safely teach parents/care providers. Participation experiences and DVD demonstrations encourage clinical problem solving throughout the course.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify oral sensory-motor problems that impact feeding, speech, and mouth function in children with prematurity, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disorders.
  • Identify typical and atypical anatomy/physiology and feeding/speech/mouth function.
  • Identify appropriate treatments for feeding/speech/mouth function problems.
  • Practice general oral massage for appropriate populations (e.g., children with oral defensiveness, oral awareness problems, tonic bite, hyperresponsive gag, etc.).
  • Practice feeding techniques that can be safely taught to parents and care providers.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 1.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area) 

Course Timeline:

Part 1 Total Hours: 4 hours, 15 minutes

30 minutes: Key Assessment Concepts
30 minutes: Oral Sensory-Motor Problems/Populations We Treat
30 minutes: Useful Anatomy/Physiology and Sensory-Motor Function
60 minutes: Typical Face/Mouth Development
75 minutes: Promoting Good Face/Mouth Development from Birth
30 minutes: Health Problems: Allergies, Reflux, Sinus, Pulmonary

Part 2 Total Hours: 3 hours, 15 minutes

30 minutes: Hand-Mouth Connection/Early Mouthing Experiences
30 minutes: Pacifier Use/Thumb Sucking/Excessive Mouthing/Tooth Grinding
30 minutes: Teething/Resolving Drooling
45 minutes: Group Experience: Oral Massage/Facilitation
30 minutes: Jaw/Lip/Tongue: Grading/Dissociation/Direction of Movement
30 minutes:  Horns/Bubbles/Other Respiratory Work

Part 3 Total Hours 7.5 hours

60 minutes: Treatment Session Components/Suggestions/Modifications
30 minutes: Infant Breast/Bottle Feeding
30 minutes: Spoon Feeding/Cup and Straw Drinking 
30 minutes: Age-Appropriate Food/Liquid Progression
45 minutes: Group Experience: Feeding Technique Practice
30 minutes: Working through “Picky Eating/Drinking”
90 minutes: Typical Feeding Development (Detailed)
30 minutes: Typical Speech/Communication Development (Detailed)
75 minutes: Intelligible Speech as an ADL (Strategies for SLPs/OTs/Others)
30 minutes: Speech Treatment X-Rays/Videos

Disclosure Statement:

Financial: Diane Bahr is the author of two books (listed above) for which she receives royalty payments and the co-owner of Ages and Stages®, LLC for which she is paid. 
Nonfinancial: Diane Bahr is a volunteer board member for the Oral Motor Institute Study Group and a volunteer advisor for Future Horizons, Inc. 

This course is registered with AOTA
Approved by the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

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