Developing Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in the Down Syndrome Population - selfstudy Talk-Tools
Developing Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in the Down Syndrome Population - selfstudy Talk-Tools

A Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding in the Down Syndrome Population


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This course was previously entitled, Developing Oral-Motor and Feeding Skills in the Down Syndrome Population. It has been updated.


Course Description

This one day class focuses on the development of oral sensory motor skills to support safe, nutritive and socially acceptable feeding skills in people with a diagnosis of Down syndrome. 

Factors which interfere with feeding, and strategies to mitigate those obstacles will be covered.

A theoretical foundation for assessment and treatment will be provided.  Therapeutic techniques for pre-feeding, and therapeutic feeding will be shared through videos and demonstrations.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will know how to:

  • Analyze health issues which impact feeding and are noted more frequently in people with Down Syndrome
  • Identify characteristics which impact feeding within the Down Syndrome population
  • Describe a working knowledge of the theory behind a sensory motor approach to feeding
  • Assess sensory motor issues which impact nutrition and oral-motor feeding skills 

This course is an interactive, hands-on workshop. When taking this course as a self-study it is encouraged that you follow along with all of the activities.

The list of supplies indicates what is included and the recommended food items you will want to have on hand while watching and following along with the video course.

Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® OPT resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.

Timed Agenda

20 minutes- Introduction and Course Overview

10 minutes- Overview of Assessment

65 minutes- Assessing Factors which Influence Feeding

-Medical Issues

-Posture and Alignment

-Sensory Processing

-Structural Issues

-Functional Issues

30 minutes- Task Analysis of Oral Sensory Motor Skills

30 minutes- Examples of Pre-feeding Exercises

15 minutes- Self Directed Feeding-A Sensory Motor Approach to Modified BLW

15 minutes- Managing Sensory Diet Exploration

160 minutes- Therapeutic Feeding Techniques

15 minutes- Wrap up and Questions

Learning Options
  • Online ONLY for 1 learner -- ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE (downloadable handout, forms and charts)
  • Online + SUPPLIES for 1 learner --  ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE, plus the following supplies: 2 latex-free gloves, 1 Straw C, 1 plastic spoon, 1 Toothette, 1 set of Red Bite Blocks
  • Suggested food supplies (not included): 20 Cheerios, 20 pretzel sticks, 20 Veggie Stix and applesauce
  • Group Rate for 5 learners
  • ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE for 5 learners
  • 5 sets of SUPPLIES listed above
Recommended Textbook

"A Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding"


Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP bio

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