Integrated Treatment of Feeding, Speech and Mouth Function in Pediatrics
Early intervention and pediatric treatments 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.). Speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, early intervention specialists, lactation consultants, orofacial myofunctional therapists, 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 and care providers. Group experiences and video demonstrations encourage clinical problem solving throughout the course. The course also covers the prevention of feeding, speech, and mouth development problems beginning at birth.
- Identify oral sensory-motor problems that impact feeding, speech, and mouth function in children with 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.
- Apply general oral massage for appropriate populations (e.g., children with oral defensiveness, oral awareness problems, tonic bite, hyperresponsive gag, etc.).
- Apply feeding techniques that can be safely taught to parents and care providers
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