This engaging course delivers a wealth of information on assessment and treatments that focus on the trunk, respiration, swallowing skills, and oral motor functioning, as well as mealtime strategies to improve feeding in infants and children with neuromuscular impairments.
- CEU DETAILS
This course delivers clinically relevant assessment and treatment strategies for infants and children (birth through 21 years of age) 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 body alignment, 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
Rona Alexander, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT - A longtime member of the Education Resources faculty and an accomplished author, Rona Alexander is a speech-language pathologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of oral motor, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory-phonatory function in infants and children with neuromuscular involvement. Dr. Alexander is a qualified speech instructor in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, delivering expert clinical knowledge and a personable instructive style through her basic pediatric and advanced NDT courses. She is a co-author of the book, Normal Development of Functional Motor Skills: The First Year of Life, and co-developer of The ABCs of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing. She also has served as a member of the ASHA Steering Committee for Special Interest Division 13: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Alexander maintains a private practice, provides consultation services and conducts workshops on oral motor, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory coordination development, assessment and treatment.
"The clinical and diagnostic insights that Rona presents make the course a must for a SLP. She will hold your interest and attention!” -Roberta Burgia
“Rona presented incredible information that relates to all disciplines. She taught fantastic strategies for efficient everyday practice.” -Brian C. Perkowski
"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
"Rona Alexander possesses a wealth of information necessary to any speech language pathologist who strives to get results in their therapy practice. Rona breaks down the processes, helps build ideas around problem areas and supports clinicians in their strategies to enchance function in their practice. PTs, OTs and SLPs all benefit from her expertise and ease in instruction." -Paula Codre
Spectrum Health-Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
100 Michigan St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This course is offered for up to 1.75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area).
This course meets the criteria (1.75 CEUs).
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043 for 17.5 contact hours (1.75 CEUs) - Intermediate Level. Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.
NBCOT professional development provider-17.5 PDUs.
17.5 hours of this course qualify toward the 20 hour requirement for NDTA Re-certification.