Presenter: Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI
– M.V., prior course participant
This course presents strategies to help establish solid foundations for the development of normal speech and feeding behavior for young children ages birth to 2 years. There are many children on our caseloads who were born with typically developing mouths, but then something went wrong – particularly in the first year. These children develop low tongue resting positions, high narrow palates, small nasal airways, and feeding and speech problems.
These difficulties could be avoided if parents and caregivers beginning at birth used appropriate feeding, speech, and mouth development techniques and activities. In this course, participants will learn how to keep babies and young children (birth to 2 years) on track to prevent or reduce life-long feeding, speech, and mouth development problems.
Offered for 0.7 ASHA CEUs – 7 contact hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 7:04:28
– K.M., prior course participant
Course presenter is author of the book, "Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development" and the text, "Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages". The presenter will refer to these books during the presentation, though participants do not need to purchase these books to complete this course. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"The hands-on practice! I liked that I could take notes on the handout provided and the content was discussed clearly." M.S. (May 2023)
"Very thorough. I liked the oral motor stimulation techniques." V.S. (May 2023)
"I found all the feeding assessment and treatment techniques very valuable. I appreciated all the references to use for further learning. This course was very well organized and very comprehensive." W.D. (May 2023)
"Great content! Jaw grading and learning how the body influences the mouth was beneficial." K.V. (May 2023)
"Working on vowels and ways to elicit vowel sounds was beneficial. I liked the presenter's style of teaching." B.D. (Apr. 2023)
"Infant oral development and feeding was beneficial. Good visuals, videos, and product recommendations." M.O. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the instruction within the videos; modeling using tools; feeding infants." A.G. (Mar. 2023)
"Excellent course. I liked all of the content." C.R. (Feb. 2023)
"Engaging how-to videos. I liked the jaw grading, straw drinking, feeding development." A.B. (Feb. 2023)
"Course was detailed. The topics about feeding and jaw grading were beneficial." L.L. (Feb. 2023)
"Interesting, functional, and applicable to practice as well as daily living. Mouth development, mgt of drooling, biting, etc. was beneficial." J.A. (Feb. 2023)
"Each section was of interest, and the video teaching was great. Comments and discussion on 'past' interventions were interesting. The topic of jaw height, movement, etc. was an area I had not received any training." S.R. (Feb. 2023)
"Detailed explanation with great examples." Y.G. (Feb. 2023)
"Good review of techniques and strategies. I liked the charts and sequence." M.B. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the specific treatment ideas. I've taken individual courses on feeding, myofunctional therapy, articulation, etc...It was nice to bring it all together from a speech and language point of view." S.B. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the introduction of solid foods, and the online format of course." J.A. (Jan. 2023)
"Learning proper feeding development. I liked the teaching strategies offered." S.R. (Dec. 2022)
"All content was good." S.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Very thorough and a lot of great information. Discussion of bottle, straw, cup drinking and different stages of food and chewing was beneficial." D.H. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the steps of introduction to each general stage of oral motor development with foods." E.S. (Dec. 2022)
"Very informative course and self-paced. Jaw exercises for pre-feeding and drooling management were helpful." S.H. (Dec. 2022)
"Direct explanation of how to implement therapy techniques. Very specific on the why and the how." M.V. (Nov. 2022)
"Learning appropriate use of mouth toys and activities. I liked the wide breadth of information. The instructor was clearly knowledgeable." L.R. (Nov. 2022)
"I found the jaw work and anatomical development norms to be very beneficial. I liked how the presenter gave you a detailed overview of typical development. I also loved the treatment approaches with each section addressed." J.M. (Nov. 2022)
"I found the entire course very informative! The presenter was very knowledgeable!" J.A. (Nov. 2022)
"How to introduce solids, straw drinking and open-cup drinking was very beneficial. I loved the content of this course." H.A. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the ability to watch on my own time and learn the interplay between mouth and hand development." H.W. (Nov. 2022)
"I found every topic to be beneficial. I liked learning how to provide jaw exercises and how to use bite blocks and teach vowels. I liked watching how the presenter modeled the facial massage and how to present cups and straws." V.N. (Nov. 2022)
"The feeding topics were the most beneficial for me." A.S. (Oct. 2022)
"All of the course was very useful. I liked so much how to teach baby to drink liquids and eat first solid food." R.P. (Oct. 2022)
"Loved it all! Practical, good review." R.W. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the feeding portion of the course." R.M. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the feeding section of the course and the flexibility of taking it." N.G. (Sept. 2022)
"I really enjoyed the videos of how to work with different tools such as chewy tubes and bite blocks for jaw grading. It was helpful to see how these would be implemented into therapy. I also liked how comprehensive it was and that it included not only oral motor information but how that related to sound development." F.G. (Aug. 2022)
"I would recommend this course." G.P. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the materials, the interactive exercises, and the visuals (pictures of babies faces, oral structures, etc)." T.M. (July 2022)
"The recommendations for tools to use in therapy were good. Liked the discussion of feeding milestones." M.N. (July 2022)
"The demonstrations were helpful." L.G. (July 2022)
"I liked the chewing and feeding activities and the way course was divided into sections." S.D. (June 2022)
"Lots of good examples and helpful images." V.M. (June 2022)
"Great therapy suggestions and demonstrations." H.M. (June 2022)
"Course was very helpful and can be applied to everyday practice." A.C. (May 2022)
"I liked the speech sound development, therapy techniques, review of anatomy, as well as all the practical applications." A.D. (May 2022)
"I liked the examples of recommended resources/tools and the how-to sections with Diane." S.H. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the section on feeding, and the concrete examples given by the presenter." E.F. (Apr. 2022)
"All the information she provided will be extremely beneficial! I liked her presentation manner, her visuals, and her hands on activities." E.C (Apr. 2022)
"The developmental norms and expectations were beneficial. I liked the demonstrations." M.F. (Mar. 2022)
"The content was easily understood - birth to 12 month feeding - good demonstrations." H.B. (Mar. 2022)
"Early mouth development, recommended activities for different ages and stages, review of reflexes. All very beneficial!" M.G. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked how she broke out the strategies and research by specific areas at a time, and all the video examples of how to complete the items discussed in the course." K.K. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the feeding developmental checklist. Very thorough information." A.D. (Feb. 2022)
"Comparisons of oral motor and development of speech and language was helpful. And I liked use of the typically developing case study." A.B. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the tools used for feeding and speech development and connection made between motor patterns for feeding and speech development." L.K. (Jan. 2022)
"I found the sections on oral massage and jaw work helpful to add into my feeding treatment sessions. I liked the videos and all the hands on practice." B.C. (Jan. 2022)
"I found the information about palate structure and how to help it to not narrow very interesting. I liked the hands on examples and eating experiences." H.B. (Jan. 2022)
"I found the jaw grading topic particularly interesting. I enjoyed learning about the bite blocks and closure tubes and how to use them to improve accurate vowel production. I thought the demonstrations were a great way to review the information discussed and to see hands-on how to implement in therapy." M.B. (Jan. 2022)
"The examples given were very helpful. I liked the resources shown to use in my therapy and demonstrations." A.P. (Dec. 2021)
"Learning more about the palate and importance of oral stimulation as babies was beneficial for my daily practice." L.P. (Dec. 2021)
"I love the specific strategies that Diane discussed. Very nice pace and very clearly described strategies." D.J. (Nov. 2021)
"The review of feeding and swallowing development, breastfeeding and palatal information was beneficial for my daily practice. I liked the demonstrations." M.G. (Oct. 2021)
"I liked everything, materials are evidence-based, presenter was good, well-organized presentation. One of the best on Northern Speech so far." E.L. (Oct. 2021)
"Feeding development and examples of foods and drinks to present at developmental stages. I liked the comprehensive oral/motor development and issues which may occur." T.D. (Oct. 2021)
"Everything was extremely beneficial I have been looking for a course to help other SLPs in our company approach infant to 2 years feeding and this was excellent. The details and the visual demonstrations - and the tools to do all of it with! SO helpful!! I also loved the association with Down Syndrome as I have my first set of twins with Down's and feel very confident in keeping them on track for their feeding development!" S.R. (Sept. 2021)
"It was so in depth and takes you all the way from birth to eating and speaking. Excellent course!" M.L. (Sept. 2021)
"I enjoyed learning about the topic of vowels the hand-mouth connection, particularly about mouth breathing, drooling, and tongue development. I also liked the in-depth discussion about speech development. After I gave birth to my second daughter, I wanted to learn more about breastfeeding and infant swallowing/feeding, so I bought Diane Bahr's book "Nobody Ever Told Me (or my Mother) That!" Such a fabulous book! So much wonderful information and helpful in so many ways. So when I found this online course, I was thrilled! Thank you, Diane Bahr, and thank you, Northern Speech Services." (Sept. 2021)
"Loved the idea of using different techniques to facilitate sound development. Also very interested to look more into the tongue thrust swallowing mentioned and programs to assist in this. The course was very thorough and well done. Great explanations and clinical applications." K.C. (Aug. 2021)
"The LabsMassage and jaw exercise techniques norms/expectations and remediation strategies are helpful for my daily practice. The course was clear, well organized, and clearly presented." R.S. (Aug. 2021)
"I am a retired SLP with a 27-month-old grand-daughter with feeding delays. She was born a couple of weeks early with Down Syndrome and is currently on a g-tube struggling with oral intake. All of the information is relevant to her development. I loved the entire course. Typical mouth development, problems that can occur when development is atypical, and ways to facilitate next step development, it is so interconnected. Speech sound production as it relates to jaw grading and stability." (Aug. 2021)
"It really helped to learn more about the structures and development of babies' mouths comparing typical to atypical, as well as, any milestone references. I have so many parents that ask what is "normal" for a baby and it really helps to have these charts and references that clearly mark out by months what baby should be able to do. I liked the video portions where Diane Bahr had us participate along with her using foods and tools." K.U. (Jul. 2021)
"The jaw work, eating, and drinking work with babies and toddlers was beneficial for my daily practice. I liked that the course was straight-forward and very informative--I love that she included visual demonstrations. S.T. (Jun. 2021)
"I loved everything! This course was very thorough, and all information was applicable for SLPs. I enjoyed how Dr. Bahr appealed to different learning styles, especially by including the demonstrations. If more courses are offered by Dr. Bahr, I will be signing up, and I will be telling my colleagues about this course!" K.M. (Jun. 2021)
"This was such a great course! So clearly presented and referenced. It was so helpful to have access to the post-test to really help me focus in details during the presentation. I really liked being able to complete this course online at my own pace so I could take time to really let the information sink in before moving on. For me it was a great review of development from other feeding courses I have taken in the past. I loved the clear examples and hands-on sections." A.P. (Jun. 2021)
"The presenter was very comprehensive. I appreciate that she demonstrated several oral motor exercises and tools to increase oral awareness and jaw strength. I liked the number of resources and examples of materials the presenter uses during her therapy sessions. I also loved the video demonstrations." A.C. (May 2021)
"I liked that it was specifically geared towards the under 3 population." J.L. (May 2021)
“I found the examples with children diagnosed with down syndrome to be very helpful. There are many cases of children with down syndrome in my practice, so now I feel better trained. I also enjoy her book that goes along with the course.” I.R. (Feb. 2021)
"The feeding portion of the course was most beneficial for me. I liked when she demonstrated techniques." K.A. (Feb. 2021)
"The entire course was filled with things I will be addressing in my practice…from feeding to speech. It was very comprehensive!" G.S. (Feb. 2021)
"All of the material was pertinent to my job and was able to take away many of the strategies to share with parents. I liked the video samples presented. I enjoyed all the strategies shared for treating children with swallowing difficulties that will improve their efficiency of swallow and speech skills." T.B. (Jan. 2021)
"I appreciated the discussion on feeding techniques and chart for what, when, and how to feed liquids and food to babies under 1 year." S.S. (Jan. 2021)
“I liked the convenience that I could complete at my own pace. It was AWESOME and full of a ton of great details. Very easy to understand and offered great ideas for therapy.” K.Z. (Jan. 2021)
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course
approval #25671. This eCourse is
offered at 0.7 CEUs, educational level
Intermediate, 1. Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation: Client Factors/Activity demands: ADL, Body structiures and functions; Performance Skills:Â Motor and praxis skills, communication skills
2. OT Process: Evaluation: analysis of occupational performance; Intervention: Develop and implement intervention plan; Outcomes: Occupational performance, Prevention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not
imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval #25671. This eCourse is offered at 0.7 CEUs, educational level Intermediate, 1. Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation: Client Factors/Activity demands: ADL, Body structiures and functions; Performance Skills:Â Motor and praxis skills, communication skills 2. OT Process: Evaluation: analysis of occupational performance; Intervention: Develop and implement intervention plan; Outcomes: Occupational performance, Prevention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI, 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. Her experiences include teaching Graduate, Undergraduate, and Continuing Education courses; working with children and adults who exhibit a variety of speech, language, feeding, and swallowing disorders; and publishing/presenting information on oral sensory-motor function, assessment, and treatment. She is the author of the textbook "Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages" (Allyn & Bacon, 2001). She has also written a book for parents and professionals entitled Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development (Sensory World, 2010) Diane maintains a private practice, writes articles appearing in a variety of publications, is interviewed frequently on radio and in magazines, and is an international presenter.
Financial — Diane Bahr is the presenter of an online CE course sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Diane Bahr is author of two books "Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages" (Allyn & Bacon, 2001) and "Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development" (Sensory World, 2010); receives royalties. She is also the co-owner of Ages and Stages®, LLC for which she is paid.
Nonfinancial — Diane Bahr is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the International Association of Infant Massage instructors, and the International Association of Orofacial Myology; she receives no compensation in these roles.
This program is offered for 0.7 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: 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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Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
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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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We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs:
NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
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