Pediatric Feeding: The Big Picture Module 3
In this third module in our series, we continue laying the groundwork for the critical task of evaluating and treating pediatric feeding disorders by focusing on the oral motor skills necessary for safe and effective chewing and swallowing. We discuss the importance of differentiating tone and strength, the research regarding what is necessary to strengthen muscles, and which muscles to focus on. As a group, we will brainstorm on applying this knowledge to specific activities to be used for strengthening the muscles of the jaw, cheeks, lips, and tongue. The emphasis is on the relationship between the sensory and motor systems and how this drives our therapy.
Key Learning Outcomes:
As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to
- Distinguish tone versus strength and discuss the influence of each on feeding skills.
- Summarize the current research on “oral motor therapy”and what constitutes evidence-based practice in this area.
- Compose a list of therapy activities for individual patients based on their current motor skills.
About the Presenter:
Jennifer Meyer is a popular international speaker in the areas of NICU and Pediatric Dysphagia and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. She has over 20 years experience specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developing outpatient hospital-based feeding programs, providing consultation and program development for Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Home Health Companies, and serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University and Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE). Through her private practice she continues to serve as consultant and mentor in her mission to teach therapists to see themselves as facilitators in treating the child, supporting the family, and bringing back the fun, joy and family connection in eating.
Financial: Jennifer Meyer is a co-owner of CEU-Espresso, Inc. and was paid an honorarium for this presentation. She owns a private practice, Feeding and Dysphagia Resources, P. C. in Denton, TX
Non-financial: Jennifer is a personal friend of the developer of the Res-Q Infant Wedge, sometimes mentioned in her presentations.
This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.
This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
We really want you to be able to learn this material, not just breeze through it to take a quiz and say you’ve learned something but forget it by the time you are in front of your next patient or client. So, you will have access to this material for 6 months (180 days) from your registration date. You will be able to download any course resources and stream the video as much as you wish during that time to review the information. We just ask that you not share the handout or other materials with anyone who hasn’t registered for their own access to the course.