Oral motor feeding disorders are quite common in the world of pediatric feeding disorders. It is important that the speech-language pathologist who is working with this population understand the sensory innervation and muscle movements that contribute to such areas of deficits. The exercises that we use with children to improve their overall oral motor functioning must be chosen based on the child’s needs and overall tolerance to the therapeutic process. We also need to be aware of the underlying support that the body provides to the oral motor system. The body works as a whole for oral motor feeding success. This course includes video examples, case studies, lab practice and application activities. Research on various topics regarding pediatric oral motor feeding disorders will be discussed. Offered for 0.8 ASHA CEUs – 8 Contact Hours.
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The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She has worked in two different counties in Wisconsin, providing Birth-to-Three and outpatient therapy services. She moved to Boise, Idaho in 2006 and initially worked for St. Luke’s Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services for two years. Jennifer then opened her own private practice, Valley Pediatric Feeding LLC, in October 2008. Over the course of her career, she has focused the majority of her continuing education on pediatric feeding disorders. Jennifer earned ASHA’s ACE Award in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. She initially became Board Certified in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in 2011. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society and is a SIG 13 member. Jennifer has presented on pediatric feeding disorders at state and regional conferences as well as with several online webinars.
Financial — Jennifer Dahms is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Dahms has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.8 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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“I liked that videos of real children with real issues were included. It helped to visualize what was being discussed.” – E.B. (Feb. 2021)
“This course was clear and easy to understand with informative slides paired with case studies and research. I found this information to be very applicable to everyday practice.” – K.B. (Jan. 2021)
“I loved the detailed therapeutic activities. Also, the videos to support what coursework detailed. I'm a visual learner, so it helped tremendously to see it in action.” – V.B. (Dec. 2020)
“This is an excellent course for any specialist working on feeding skills to have a broader idea and knowledge of how to properly engage in a feeding assessment and therapy. Everything was wonderful!” C.R. – (Oct. 2020)
“This is the first course with actual therapy techniques for each difficulty level. I have many patients that these techniques would benefit.” K.K. (Sep. 2020)
“I believe the inclusion of cranial nerve involvement and the relation of specific exercises/tasks to stages of feeding (biting, chewing, swallowing, etc.) is most beneficial for my practice. I enjoyed the examples and pictures!” – J.R. (Aug. 2020)
"I have recently begun working with clients in early intervention, which requires additional knowledge around feeding/swallowing. While I definitely feel more confident having experts on my team, I wanted to extend my knowledge to have a better understanding of certain techniques used and the science behind them." – A.O. (July 2020)
"I liked the videos and research part. I love how the course is broken down into clinical signs and symptoms, and therapy, and research. It was well organized. Thank you! Also, I love the personal clinical experience embedded in the course material." – R.N. (June 2020)
"In depth discussion of facilitating chewing skills was one of the most comprehensive I've experienced. I liked the breadth and depth of information and immediate application potential to clinical practice." – S.R. (May 2020)
"I previously had never had any instruction with pediatric feeding, so this was useful to expand my knowledge base for pediatric dysphagia. I liked that it broke down each aspect of feeding and how it works together with other parts." – J.F. (Apr. 2020)
"The discussion on tongue lateralization and elevation was helpful. Many of the kiddos we see have difficulties with these movements. It was great to learn some ways to help facilitate better functioning. I liked the convenience of being with my team of SLPs to watch this course. I liked that it had a hands on component to it. I think it helped us to feel what our kiddos feel." – A.P. (Mar. 2020)
"I enjoyed the discussion on both symptoms and therapeutic strategies." – J.I. (Feb. 2020)
"The presenter was very knowledgeable and the lab sections were great for an online course. I had not seen that before." – S.B. (Jan. 2020)
"The therapy techniques for different types of feeding scenarios presented were amazing! Very thorough explanations and loved the case studies / application of material presented throughout the course." – A.M. (Jan. 2020)
"I loved that everything was incorporated in the course. I not only got a refresher from what I learned in Grad school, but the curriculum was more specific and included real activities that are needed to fully comprehend and use in my practice." – J.P. (Jan. 2020)
"All of it was beneficial! The presenter is definitely an expert in her field and has such a vast knowledge basis. She was very detail oriented and explained everything well. I have already recommended this course to colleagues. I also appreciated the lab activities and videos." – G.S. (Jan. 2020)
"It provided great rationale, video examples, and therapeutic exercises." – C.B. (Dec. 2019)
"I enjoyed the review of cranial nerves, very detailed and specific oral motor information. I liked the videos, the ease of use, and lots of examples that I can apply to my daily practice." – S.C. (Dec. 2019)
"The discussion on tongue elevation and lateralization deficits was most beneficial. I liked the case studies and discussions. I also liked the tips and strategies for each deficit area." – B.A. (Nov. 2019)
"Everything was extremely helpful, but especially the applications for therapy and therapy activities. It was very well put together and taught on a level that I could easily follow along." – M.C. (Nov. 2019)
"I didn't feel very confident in my ability to address feeding and swallowing concerns in the school setting and this course provided an excellent base for beginning to develop those skills. The presenter was interesting and thorough." – J.H. (Nov. 2019)
"I most enjoyed the therapy intervention techniques. I liked the patient videos. They demonstrate the challenges of working with real pediatric clients, not the perfect ones sitting perfectly still. The clinician really works hard to keep their motivation and demonstrates the intervention approaches well." – B.E. (Oct. 2019)
"The techniques for improving mastication were helpful. The course was convenient, and it provided practical techniques to address feeding issues." – J.B. (Sept. 2019)
"I liked the video examples and the discussion of treatment techniques for each deficit area." – N.K. (Aug. 2019)
"I think the progression of the topics and how they layered on each other were beneficial in order to see the whole patient. I enjoyed the videos within each section." – L.R. (Aug. 2019)
"All of it was beneficial. This was a wonderful course. I liked the signs and symptoms and then how to specifically treat those areas of need." – D.S. (July 2019)
"The tongue movement discussions and strategies for increasing tongue movement, tone, and strength were very helpful." – C.T. (July 2019)
"The therapeutic strategies for EACH muscle group were excellent. I liked the application activities and lab activities!" – M.D. (July 2019)
"Very informative and applicable - especially the portion on oral movement exercises that are functional for everyday practice with kids." – E.M. (June 2019)
"Excellent presenter! Very thorough and includes specific treatment techniques paired with the "why" of the treatment plan." – J.L. (June 2019)
"I liked how thorough it is!! By starting with the Cranial Nerves and moving through all the muscle involved in eating and drinking, it helps create a really strong base from which to analyze observed deficits." – B.C.E. (May 2019)
"Going over the importance of overall body strength and positioning was really helpful. This was an excellent update and review as I've been practicing for over 40 years." – M.D. (May 2019)
"The assessment was a good review of what to look for. The exercises were good for thinking about the process of eating and what we are working on. Nice organization. Good information." – K.S. (Apr. 2019)
"I especially appreciated the tools specifically to learn a munching pattern and external facial stimulation to build oral musculature strength. I liked the videos with demonstrations." – N.G. (Apr. 2019)
"Very detailed information. The discussion on poor lip closure was most beneficial." – S.R. (Mar. 2019)
"Hearing why exercises are beneficial helps tremendously!" – M.S. (Mar. 2019)
"I liked the review of cranial nerve innervations and the emphasis of how the system works as a whole, not just independent structures." – M.V.H. (Feb. 2019)
"I really enjoyed learning about therapeutic strategies I can use with my clients. I feel that a lot of continuing education courses don't spend enough time on therapeutic strategies." – K.B. (Feb. 2019)
"The entire course is beneficial to understanding how the oral mechanism works together to perform various tasks. I liked the organization of information." – S.D. (Jan. 2019)
"I really appreciated the instruction on specific behaviors to look for when assessing oral motor and feeding structures and how those behaviors are related to areas of deficit/weakness. The course was very well organized and informative. Loved the video demonstrations and practical application pieces as this allows clinicians a brief look into how feeding and oral motor deficits feel." – H.P. (Dec. 2018)
"I really enjoyed everything on the oral motor exercises for children. In grad school, I only really learned about adult oral motor exercises, so this was beneficial. This will help my feeding caseload." – G.B. (Dec. 2018)
"I work in Early Intervention with children diagnosed with ASD. Many of them have oral motor and feeding issues. I found this course to be extremely informative and know that it will benefit me in my daily practice. The course was organized and structured well. Video examples were helpful and had nice incorporation of research." – A.S. (Dec. 2018)
"The format of the course was broken down into different components of oral phase then detailed with signs and symptoms, videos and treatment tasks was very well organized and easy to follow. This was spectacular content which will prove to be a useful reference and resource to me in the future. I will highly recommend it to colleagues to take this course." – D.M. (May 2018)