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On-Demand MORE: Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions
Patti Oetter
Eileen Richter

Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR, FAOTA and Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

Available for purchase October 1 - November 30, 2023

CEUs: 11 Contact Hours (1.1 AOTA CEUs)

Unlimited access for 45 days after purchase

Cost: $375

Course Description

While oral-motor treatment approaches for neurologically impaired children have focused on severe feeding dysfunction, recent clinical work with children who have sensory processing/developmental dysfunction has revealed a strong association between subtle oral-motor and respiratory dysfunction and many sensory integrative and sensory motor problems. 


A framework for understanding how and why many aspects of development are significantly influenced by oral functions will be presented. This discussion will include the relationship of the suck/swallow/breathe synchrony to behavior, learning, postural development, feeding, communication, arousal, self-regulation, psychosocial development, and even common health issues in children. The relevance of this information to treatment principles with children who have sensory processing/developmental dysfunction will then be shared using slides, case examples and participant lab activities. Documentation strategies for identifying abnormal function and demonstrating change through treatment will be provided. This information is particularly useful for occupational and physical therapists and speech pathologists working with children but may be applied across the age span.

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