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Treatments for Feeding, Speech & Mouth Functions in Pediatrics

15.0 Hours

Course Description

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.

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By the end 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.

About Presenters

Diane Bahr


Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI is a certified speech-language pathologist and infant massage instructor. She has practiced speech-language pathology since 1980 and has been a feeding therapist since 1983. Her experiences include teaching graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education courses; working with children and adults who exhibit a variety of speech, language, feeding, and swallowing disorders; and publishing/presenting information on oral sensory-motor function, assessment, and treatment. She is the author of the textbook Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages (Allyn & Bacon, 2001). She has also written a book for parents and professionals entitled Nobody Ever Told me (or my mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development (Sensory World, 2010).

Additional Information

Intermediate Level
1.50 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

Part 1 Total Hours: 4 hours, 15 minutes
30 min: Key Assessment Concepts
30 min: Oral Sensory-Motor Problems/Populations We Treat
30 min: Useful Anatomy/Physiology and Sensory-Motor Function
60 min: Typical Face/Mouth Development
75 min: Promoting Good Face/Mouth Development from Birth
30 min: Health Problems: Allergies, Reflux, Sinus, Pulmonary
Part 2 Total Hours: 3 hours, 15 minutes
30 min: Hand-Mouth Connection/Early Mouthing Experiences
30 min: Pacifier Use/Thumb Sucking/Excessive Mouthing/Tooth Grinding
30 min: Teething/Resolving Drooling
45 min: Group Experience: Oral Massage/Facilitation
30 min: Jaw/Lip/Tongue: Grading/Dissociation/Direction of Movement
30 min:  Horns/Bubbles/Other Respiratory Work
Part 3 Total Hours 7.5 hours
60 min: Treatment Session Components/Suggestions/Modifications
30 min: Infant Breast/Bottle Feeding
30 min: Spoon Feeding/Cup and Straw Drinking
30 min: Age-Appropriate Food/Liquid Progression
45 min: Group Experience: Feeding Technique Practice
30 min: Working through “Picky Eating/Drinking”
90 min: Typical Feeding Development (Detailed)
30 min: Typical Speech/Communication Development (Detailed)
75 min: Intelligible Speech as an ADL (Strategies for SLPs/OTs/Others)
30 min: Speech Treatment X-Rays/Videos

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 Diane Bahr
Financial Diane Bahr is the author of two books (listed above) for which she received payment and is 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.

Diane Bahr


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Purchase this course for $369.97