Feeding difficulties that present at birth or in the first year of life, may be a red flag for a future diagnosis of an orofacial myofunctional disorder. Feeding disorders may be secondary to numerous etiologies including, but not limited to pre-maturity, genetic syndromes, hypo-or hypertonia, structural issues, failure to thrive, cardiac issues and/or respiratory issues. Symptoms may include: difficulty latching for breast feeding, difficulty transferring milk, limited range of movement of the oral musculature, depressed infantile reflexes, compensatory sucking patterns on breast and bottle, difficulty coordinating suck, swallow, breath, GERD, constipation, structural issues, abnormal resting tongue posture, mouth breathing, airway incompetency, sleep disordered breathing/snoring, difficulty handling saliva, early and excessive drooling, difficulty transitioning to textures or utensils and postural concerns.
This one-hour webinar will provide a framework for understanding normal development of oral structures, reflexes, postural considerations and oral sensory-motor functions. Understanding normal function is the key to recognizing abnormal. This theoretical foundation provides goals for therapeutic interventions designed to mitigate potential orofacial myofunctional disorders through infant feeding therapy.
Webinar participants will be able to:
Identify at least five populations at risk for orofacial myofunctional disorders.
- List at least four areas of potential oral dysfunction.
- List at least four strategies to support normalizing oral dysfunction..
05 minutes -- Welcome and Introduction
05 minutes -- Defining orofunctional myofunctional disorders
10 minutes -- Red flags for at risk infant populations
10 minutes -- Early Intervention as prevention
25 minutes -- Assessment and Treatment
10 minutes -- Q&A
- Lori L. Overland M.S., CCC, C/NDT, CLC, FOM- BIO