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The Integration of Feeding Skills: Oral Motor Patterns and Reflexes

by Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM
  • Duration: 540 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: goldlactation.com
Abstract:

Babies are born with lips, tongues, jaws, cheeks and reflexes that were designed for natural acquisition of skills in feeding, drinking, facial expression and, in speech. Oral motor patterns are the functioning of these structures, whereas, the reflexes are the infant’s mode of survival. These skills occur naturally when the oral structure is intact. When abnormality to the anatomy occurs, maladaptive movements are created and compensatory strategies are learned. The infant, child, or adult modifies their muscle functioning to eat, drink, and speak that directly affects the appropriate integration of higher skills during these feeding milestones. This session will address the normal and abnormal oral motor patterns, feeding milestones and the natural integration of the reflexes.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Identify normal and abnormal movements of the lips, tongue, jaw and cheeks.
Objective 2: Label the seven major reflexes that directly affect the oral cavity and feeding musculature.
Objective 3: Utilize 1-2 feeding techniques to promote the development of appropriate oral motor patterns when structures are abnormal.

Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks