Assessment and Treatment of Children with Oral Motor, Feeding/Swallowing and Respiratory Function Challenges: Children with Neuromuscular Involvement

Course Description:

This course delivers clinically relevant assessment and treatment strategies for infants and children with neuromuscular impairments and challenges to their oral motor, feeding/swallowing and respiratory function. A special emphasis is on postural alignment and control as well as on sensory factors that can influence a childs feeding and swallowing. Effective treatment strategies to improve cheeks/lips, tongue, jaw and rib cage function will be highlighted. Participants will engage in extensive clinical problem-solving via group case analysis and patient demonstration sessions.

Participants will be able to apply course learning immediately to:

Clinically assess oral motor, feeding/swallowing and respiratory coordination function in infants and young children

Detail the essential components of comprehensive intervention programming for young children with neuromuscular involvement

Implement effective handling and positioning for the modification of oral motor, oral-pharyngeal and respiratory function in intervention programming

Perform treatment strategies to improve the function of the cheeks/lips, tongue, jaw and rib cage in children with neuromuscular involvement

What others are saying:

"Rona's understanding of the relationship between the body's anatomy and the body's function gave me an understanding of the mechanics of feeding I haven't had prior. She is a wealth of information on pediatric development."-SLP

Rona presented incredible information that relates to all disciplines. She taught fantastic strategies for efficient everyday practice. -Brian C. Perkowski, PT.

Rona is an excellent speaker with a wealth of up to date,functional information. One of the best courses I have attended. -Erica K. Wentzel, MOT, OTR/L

"The best course I've been to, all information I can use on Monday when I get back to work! Any pediatric SLP should take this course."- Melissa Eck, SLP

"This course gave me a new perspective on how I look at a lot of my patients. I am excited to try out new strategies!"-Jessica Neves, PT

"Excellent workshop. Huge amount of update - even for a therapist with 40 yrs of pediatric experience! Able to cue in to current philiosophies and treatment regimes for immediate affect on the treatments I do in the medically fragile setting. Thank you"- Cynthia Johnson, OT


Rona Alexander

Session 1 June 7-9, 2019 - Course is Full. Call 800-487-6530 for waiting list.
Irvine , CA (Map)

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Session 2 November 15-17, 2019
Canton, MA (Map)

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