Presenter: Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
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. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
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"Therapeutic strategies were helpful. I liked the use of real-life videos of patients." S.P. (Nov. 2023)
"The use of tethering and clinical swallow techniques to support children with difficulties in these areas was beneficial. I liked the ability to go at my own pace." J.C. (Nov. 2023)
"I liked the intervention strategies and the interactive lab practice and video examples." A.A. (Nov. 2023)
"Biting/chewing deficits were beneficial to discuss. I liked the breakdown of different categories." J.J. (Nov. 2023)
"Strategies for therapy. I liked the use of video modeling." E.R. (Nov. 2023)
"The course was organized in a manner that made sense, and I feel like everything was covered, from background to assessment to treatment. The information on tongue tie was particularly helpful for my daily practice." K.S. (Oct. 2023)
"Very informative course. It made me think about some of my current patients and why I am seeing some of the behaviors I am seeing. Discussing postural stability was beneficial because it really emphasized that safe feeding is not isolated to the oral motor system and that the core needs to be addressed as well." C.C. (Oct. 2023)
"I am starting to work with more feeding clients, and this course will improve my therapy techniques. I liked that I could pause and replay sections." A.A. (Oct. 2023)
"I liked the therapeutic exercises. And the applications to daily practice." J.B. (Oct. 2023)
"Providing sensory input to elicit motor response! Presenter did a great job of pacing course, and the order of info was great." J.J. (Oct. 2023)
"Relevant to my caseload." R.R. (Sep. 2023)
"Chewing therapy was beneficial. I liked the videos and lab exercises." R.A. (Sep. 2023)
"The therapeutic strategies were helpful. The presentation was clear and concise. The presenter had great visual slides and examples. I also appreciated the case study scenarios - they were very functional." A.A. (Aug. 2023)
"Helpful information about therapy techniques and how to assess." T.M. (Aug. 2023)
"Jaw section and chewing were beneficial topics. I liked all the different therapy techniques mentioned." M.V. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked the treatment applications and the examples." K.M. (Aug. 2023)
"The exercises were very helpful. Applicability to my practice." A.W. (Aug. 2023)
"The specific information on biting and chewing was beneficial, and I liked the video examples." J.F. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked how presenter broke down all components of the oral phase and described treatment techniques for each area of weakness. I liked the flexibility of completing course on my own time." K.B. (Jul. 2023)
"Chewing and progression of food textures were beneficial topics. I liked all of the information." A.J. (Jul. 2023)
"Buccal tightness and weakness was very interesting. I enjoyed the video inserts. I also enjoyed the research articles." A.S. (Jul. 2023)
"Tongue lateralization was a beneficial topic. I have a student who has very low tone and decreased tongue movement, and I've been struggling to help her increase lateralization/ROM. I appreciated all of the therapeutic techniques discussed - many courses spend a lot of time on background information but don't provide enough info for putting strategies into practice." J.R. (Jul. 2023)
"The therapy recommendations for oral motor exercises were beneficial. I liked that I could take course at my own pace. It was a lot of information to digest. I liked that I could go back and listen to some sections twice to fully comprehend the material." J.M. (Jul. 2023)
"Very clear explanations and instructions with real case video examples. Types of exercises that benefit different problems and how to complete them." G.L. (Jun. 2023)
"Strategies for all areas of deficits. The video examples were helpful to visualize the material being presented." M.R. (Jun. 2023)
"Review of neuromuscular underpinnings was beneficial. I liked the lab activities and video examples." T.L. (May 2023)
"This is the course I needed to understand what to look for and how to improve different deficits for all structures involved with feeding and positioning! I liked the video demonstrations." H.B. (May 2023)
"All of this content was beneficial. I liked the demonstration with real-life clients." H.H. (May 2023)
"Therapeutic approaches to OME and feeding were beneficial. I liked the videos and demonstrations." V.A. (Apr. 2023)
"All topics discussed were beneficial beginning with anatomy and connecting all of the body. I liked the techniques and anatomy." K.G. (Mar. 2023)
"The presenter was very knowledgeable. This course thoroughly reviewed the connection between postural stability and oral motor/feeding deficits with applications that could be used right away with my clients." L.M. (Jan. 2023)
"I enjoyed the practical applications of each activity to demonstrate examples of feeding difficulties among children and how they might benefit from therapeutic techniques." C.C. (Jan. 2023)
"I enjoyed the structure in terms of areas of deficit, followed by signs and symptoms, then the ways in which it can be treated." C.C. (Jan. 2023)
"Function of muscles and how it is applicable to children's development was beneficial. I liked the layout of the course." C.A. (Jan. 2023)
"Good demonstrations and research." K.W. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked all of it. Therapy techniques were beneficial." A.W. (Jan. 2023)
"Practical application and things to look for in order to determine what intervention to apply." M.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Postural stability specifically trunk stability and mobility was beneficial. The examples and video demonstrations were helpful." M.A. (Dec. 2022)
"Each section's practice questions/clinical application questions were helpful to see how the information learned could be used to assess and treat "real-life" patients. I liked the suggested therapeutic activities/strategies included in each section." E.K. (Dec. 2022)
"Therapeutic exercises were beneficial. I liked the course organization." A.R. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the oral motor treatment strategies, and in-depth discussion about each oral motor structure." A.J. (Dec. 2022)
"Wealth of information. I liked the assessment and therapy strategies looking at different skills in feeding." A.M. (Dec. 2022)
"Oral motor deficits broken down and discussed by anatomical structures." L.H. (Nov. 2022)
"Videos and the way info was broken down was helpful. The presenter's knowledge was great!" K.L. (Nov. 2022)
"The step by step information of all the parts of the mouth involved in eating was good." D.S. (Oct. 2022)
"I loved the thoroughness of explanations for each aspect of oral structure and function and therapeutic interventions for each deficit area." L.G. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the videos and intervention examples provided. And the information about Buccal and lingual deficits and therapeutic strategies to improve them." K.O. (Sept. 2022)
"Speaker provided multiple examples and the videos were quite good. I got a new perspective on approaches I have been using." D.V. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the layout and how it moved from one area of concern to the next and ended with chewing. It helped show that there is a lot to consider during feeding other than chewing and swallowing." C.J. (Sept. 2022)
"Gave deficits then specific ways to help remediate. I liked the strategies for tongue lateralization and chewing." A.W. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the ability to stop and start." E.P. (Aug. 2022)
"I enjoyed the review of the cranial nerves and the therapy techniques presented." M.K. (Jul. 2022)
"Learning exact exercise techniques for lips, cheeks, tongue, jaw to process food textures was beneficial. Also, identifying weaknesses. I liked that the course is online and you can go at your own pace." M.M. (Jun. 2022)
"I liked how intensive the course was regarding recognizing red flag signs. Liked the specific exercises that address each area of concern. The importance of each movement per structure and the clinical signs and symptoms of problems in each area." M.L. (Jun. 2022)
"Practical material. Liked the therapeutic strategies." L.H. (Jun. 2022)
"I liked that the course covered therapy techniques in great detail." S.C. (Jun. 2022)
"The course was very thorough." D.W. (Jun. 2022)
"Wealth of information! And I liked that you could go at your own pace, pausing and giving yourself breaks as needed." L.P. (May 2022)
"All of the course was great, as I am a new SLP going into a clinic with feeding clients. Liked the lab exercises and videos to get a feel and a visual of the information." J.S. (May 2022)
"I found the whole course to be beneficial because I am new to feeding therapy. The demonstration videos were especially helpful." L.B. (May 2022)
"I loved the progression of oral motor skills and exercises from front to back. It was very comprehensive and thorough." H.D. (May 2022)
"I liked the strategies and therapy techniques for chewing as chewing deficits are what I most commonly see." C.B. (May 2022)
"She was very thorough and organized in her content." K.W. (May 2022)
"This entire course was beneficial, as I am beginning my training in order to work with children with feeding and swallowing deficits." M.W. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the ease of video streaming and testing formats. Also loved the discount to buy all portions of course!" A.S. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the specific tx techniques & strategies (e.g. lollipop pull for lip closure). Course provided very practical info." O.S. (Apr. 2022)
"Practical therapeutic strategies. I liked that the videos and examples were of actual patients/clients." E.S. (Mar. 2022)
"The exercises were very helpful. I liked the demonstration of exercises and laboratory to demonstrate the deficits and strategies." F.D. (Mar. 2022)
"Videos of actual swallowing therapy were beneficial." S.P. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the strategies for therapy. The instructor did an excellent job explaining material as well as providing lab work." C.A. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the discussion of how things interconnect and ways to work on one area while supporting another – how everything was discussed in relation to one another." A.M. (Jan. 2022)
"I am trying to build my base knowledge for pediatric swallowing disorders and this was a great introduction to therapy techniques, with concrete and thorough information about clinical signs, symptoms and impressions. It was extremely informative and I look forward to taking the subsequent parts of the course series!" E.H. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the use of research and implications for therapy. Additionally, the videos of patients before, during, and after therapy techniques." M.W. (Dec. 2021)
"Very detailed and thorough. I definitely need to take parts 2 and 3 to feel that I have the best base possible for the topic. Use of videos were very helpful to learn the topics, and more would be even better." N.N. (Dec. 2021)
"It was very thoughtfully constructed with the application sections and lab practices. Well organized for immediate clinical use." A.M. (Dec. 2021)
"I am trying to build my base knowledge for pediatric swallowing disorders and this was a great introduction to therapy techniques, with concrete and thorough information about clinical signs, symptoms and impressions. It was extremely informative and I look forward to taking the subsequent parts of the course!" E.H. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the variety of techniques described for each area of difficulty. It contained a lot of practical information and resources that I will be able to use daily." D.B. (Oct. 2021)
"All of this information will benefit me in daily practice! I liked the labs and videos, I am a visual learner!" S.S. (Sept. 2021)
"Chewing patterns and placement/positioning tips were beneficial for my daily practice." E.H. (Sept. 2021)
"The detailed information and techniques/strategies for oral motor feeding disorders were very good." N.H. (Aug. 2021)
"I fully appreciated all of the oral-motor signs and symptoms and the therapeutic techniques. I loved that she used lab practices!" J.V. (Aug. 2021)
"I really enjoyed the discussion of the exercises to do and applications for them. I also liked how the course tied all of the concepts together, and reinforced them throughout the presentation. Because of the length of the course, I appreciated that I could pause the course at any time, and return later when I was available. I liked that NSS kept track of my progress." K.W. (Jul. 2021)
“I enjoyed the predictable pattern of presentation of each topic, supplemented with practical practice and video examples.” D.B. (Mar. 2021)
“I liked that videos of real children with real issues were included. It helped to visualize what was being discussed.” E.B. (Feb. 2021)
"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. (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 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. (Jan. 2021)
"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. (Jan. 2021)
"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. 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. (Jan. 2021)
“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. (Jan. 2021)
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 presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Dahms has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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