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Importance of Oral Feeding and Motor Speech Skills of Those with Down Syndrome

2.0 Hours

Course Description

Those with Down syndrome have difficulties controlling oral movements for eating and speech throughout their lifespan due to anatomical and physiological differences. This course will describe oral development, indications of delays and disabilities, and preventative and therapeutic interventions that lead to better health, self-awareness, sensory regulation, speech clarity, and social inclusion.

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

Explain how the anatomy and physiology of those with Down syndrome contribute to reduced sensory awareness, agility, control, and endurance of oral structures, feeding skills, and speech development.
Describe the relationship between movement and function for feeding and speech: watch don’t listen.
Make comprehensive assessment and treatment decisions that include sensory, oral feeding, and motor speech profiles for best outcomes.

About Presenters

Jennifer Gray


Jennifer Gray is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with 20 years of experience treating those with speech, language, and feeding delays and disorders. She has spent the last 12+ of those years specializing in communication and feeding for those with the intellectual disabilities and motor speech disorders. She owns and operates companies offering consulting and direct services, including Early Intervention and private practice for infants, children, teens, and adults through traditional and telepractice/teletherapy settings. Her experience working in universities, public schools, private practice, and early intervention settings has led her to seek more effective therapeutic approaches for young children with moderate to severe intellectual and motor speech needs. She currently trains therapists, caretakers, and educators to use methods that work teaching courses and speaking at local, state, and national conventions. Jennifer Gray continues to seek and develop innovative and evidence-based practices to ensure functional outcomes for educational, social, and independent living success.

Additional Information

Introductory Level
0.20 ASHA CEUs

ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

Course Timeline

5 min: Introduction
15 min: Anatomy and physiology that impact motor skills for oral management, eating, and speaking.
15 min: Concomitant delays and disorders that negatively impact skill development and health
20 min: Feeding and motor speech assessment options
60 min: Preventative and therapeutic interventions: case examples and demonstrations
5 min: Questions and 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 Jennifer Gray
Financial Jennifer Gray is self-Employed at Connected Speech, LLC and Grays Peak Speech Services, LLC. She is also a trainer for LSVT Loud. Jennifer received compensation for this presentation from SpeechTherapyPD.com.
Nonfinancial No relevant non-financial relationships exist.

Jennifer Gray


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