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 child’s 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

Instructor(s):

Rona Alexander

Session 1 March 4-6, 2016
Glenview, IL (Map)
625.00/person

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Session 2 June 3-5, 2016
Mason, GA (Map)
625.00/person

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Session 3 September 16-18, 2016
Maitland, FL (Map)
625.00/person

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Session 4 October 7-9, 2016
Minneapolis, MN (Map)
625.00/person

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