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Part 1: TX of Feeding/Speech/Mouth Function: Pediatrics, Presented by Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI

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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.

Part 1 of the course TX of Feeding/Speech/Mouth Function: Pediatrics provides participants with the background they need to assess and treat feeding, motor speech, and mouth development problems. This includes crucial areas of assessment, important specifics about treatment populations and their health issues, useful/functional anatomy and physiology, typical face and mouth development, as well as ways to promote good face and mouth development beginning at birth. 



Upon full-course completion, participants will: 

1.   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.

2.   Identify typical and atypical anatomy/physiology and feeding/speech/mouth function.

3.   Identify appropriate treatments for feeding/speech/mouth function problems.

4.   Practice general oral massage for appropriate populations (e.g., children with oral defensiveness, oral awareness problems, tonic bite, hyperresponsive gag, etc.).

5.   Practice feeding techniques that can be safely taught to parents and care providers.

Upon completion of Part 1, participants will:

1.     Identify areas needed for a complete and thorough oral sensory-motor assessment.

2.     Identify characteristics of treatment populations (e.g., children with prematurity, Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, and other developmental disabilities).

3.     Identify useful/functional anatomy and physiology to be assessed and treated.

4.     Identify typical oral development from birth through adolescence.

5.     Identify mouth development and health problems that impact feeding, motor speech, and mouth function.


Additional Information

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

CE Credit: .425 ASHA & AOTA CEUs

Course Level:


Course Timeline

8:00 Key Assessment Concepts - (30 minutes)

8:30 Oral Sensory-Motor Problems/Populations We Treat - (30 minutes)

9:00 Useful Anatomy/Physiology and Sensory-Motor Function - (30 minutes)

9:30 Typical Face/Mouth Development - (60 minutes)

10:30 Break

10:45 Promoting Good Face/Mouth Development from Birth - (75 minutes)

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Health Problems: Allergies, Reflux, Sinus, Pulmonary - (30 minutes)

1:30 End of Part 1

Part 1 Total Hours: 4 hours, 15 minutes

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.