Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding, Motor Speech and Mouth Development/Integration

DAY 1: Beginning to Solve the Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Development/Function Puzzle

8:30 Key assessment concepts (literature-based protocols)
8:45 Disorders we treat
9:00 Useful anatomy and physiology
9:30 Typical face and mouth development
10:30 Break
10:45 Health problems our clients encounter
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Hand-mouth connection
1:15 Extinguishing detrimental oral habits (e.g., thumb sucking)
1:30 Four-part drooling treatment
1:45 Oral massage, jaw, and respiratory experience
2:15 Break
2:30 Jaw, lip, tongue, and respiratory treatment for eating, drinking, and speaking
3:30 Case studies as time allows
4:00 End of session

DAY 2 : Putting the Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Development/Function Puzzle Together

8:30 Infant breast and bottle feeding
9:00 Spoon feeding
9:15 Cup and straw drinking
9:30 Taking bites and chewing foods
9:45 Age appropriate food and liquid progression
10:00 Eating and drinking experience
10:30 Break
10:45 Feeding delays and differences (e.g., picky eating)
11:30 Typical feeding development (literature-based)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Typical speech and communication development
1:45 Components of intelligible speech
2:15 Break
2:30 Childhood dysarthria and apraxia of speech
3:00 Speech treatment
3:30 Case studies as time allows
4:00 End of session