Best Practices in Pediatrics Feeding, Motor Speech and Mouth Development/Function
Best Practices in Pediatrics Feeding, Motor Speech and Mouth Development/Function

Best Practices in Pediatrics Feeding, Motor Speech and Mouth Development/Function

Date: October 26-27, 2017

Location: Lanham, MD

Presenter: Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI

Course Description

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

1.2 CEUs

Timed Agenda


$330 Early Bird Rate - until 8/26/17
$390 Standard Rate - 8/27/16 to 10/11/17
$420 Late Registration - 10/12/17 to day of

Fee includes: 
0.6 CEUs, course supplies, including Diane's book "Nobody Ever Told Me (Or My Mother) That!", workbook & certificate of completion.

Host organization: Connections Therapy Center

Venue: Connections Therapy Center | 4451 Parliament Place | Suite A | Lanham, Maryland 20706

Presenter Bio: Diane Bahr 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. . . . more