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Deal with it! Successfully Manage Stress-Induced Childhood Oral Habits

1.0 Hours

Course Description

This course explores the characteristics of oral habits (thumb/finger sucking, nail biting, extended pacifier use) of primarily the school-aged child. It addresses the rise in oral habits due to the change in routines and lifestyle during COVID-19 and what can be done. Several causes and consequences of thumb/finger sucking are discussed, as well as many extinguishing strategies, including several ideas for parents to implement at home.

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By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

List several causes of thumb/finger sucking.
Explain several consequences of thumb/finger sucking.
Discuss several extinguishing strategies including why and how to us a “busy box” and a “calm down box”.
About Presenters

Char Boshart


Char Boshart is a speech-language pathologist, author, seminar presenter, and president and co-founder of Speech Dynamics, Inc. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Western Michigan University under the extraordinary tutelage of Dr. Charles Van Riper, the “father” of articulation therapy during the final years of his illustrious career. Char began her career in the public schools in the early 70’s with a caseload of over 110 children. Since then, she has worked many years in the public schools, developed and ran her own private practice, and, for seven years was an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department at Loma Linda University in southern California. Her interest in creating effective therapy techniques has evolved into the development of several practical articulation publications, videos (articulation and language), and articles.

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEU (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline
5 min: Introduction; stress and the presence of oral habits
4 min: Oral habits and their causes
4 min: Consequences of oral habits
7 min: Treatment timing and “motivational” books for the child
10 min: Additional motivators; mentors; treatment alternatives
10 min: What to do when thumb sucking occurs during specific events
5 min: Parent involvement and communications
3 min: The reinforcement system
12 min: Questions & Answers
Course Disclosure
The content of this course is based on the research and experience of the presenter. You are responsible to do your own research to determine if the information and skills taught are appropriate for your clients/students/patients.
Disclosure Statement for Char Boshart
Financial Char Boshart is a speaker for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receive royalty payments. She also owns and operates Speech Dynamics.
Nonfinancial No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Char Boshart


Included In:
Audio Basic Professional

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