M.O.R.E Integrating the Mouth with Sensory & Postural Functions

M.O.R.E Integrating the Mouth with Sensory & Postural Functions

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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.

At the end of this seminar, the participant will be able to…

  1. Outline the evolution of the MORE Model, a developmental model based on foundations in neuroanatomy, kinesiology, child development, sensory motor function and clinical reasoning
  2. Describe the interaction of cranial nerves, the limbic system, cerebellum, brainstem, etc. and their contribution to development of the SSB
  3. Identify typical and atypical SSB oral motor development in children who have sensory processing/developmental dysfunction through functional observation
  4. Apply treatment techniques designed to support oral motor function
  5. Identify and document typical and atypical SSB respiratory development in children who have sensory processing/ developmental dysfunction through functional observation
  6. Implement treatment strategies to improve respiratory patterns, self-regulation, postural control, visual motor skills, feeding and communication skills

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About the presenters                                         

Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
Eileen Richter has over 40 years of pediatric experience in a variety of settings, including children's hospitals, public schools, preschools and neonatal intensive care units.  She has extensive background in sensory integration theory and treatment, is NDT certified, and has completed the NDT Baby Course. She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia on topics related to sensorimotor integration, oral motor/respiratory development and pediatric occupational therapy.  She helped establish and Co-Directed the Avanti Camp in Wisconsin (a sensory integration summer camp for children with sensory processing disorders) for many years. Ms. Richter has been instrumental in bringing continuing education opportunities to thousands of therapists around the country through Professional Development Programs and is now developing therapeutic equipment and other resources under the brand Richter Active Integration Resources.

Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
Ms. Oetter earned her bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas and her master's degree in Special Education with special emphasis on Behavior and Learning Disorders from Kansas State University at Fort Hays State.  She is also certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis tests.  She is faculty emeritus of Sensory Integration International. Clinically, Ms Oetter is an occupational therapist with over 40 years of pediatric clinical experience in sensory integrative therapy, Therapeutic Listening, Samonas Sound Therapy, Cranial Sacral therapy and neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT).  Her work encompasses many disability groups from newborn to adult, especially infants and children with oral motor, learning, communication and/or behavior disorders.  For her contribution to Occupational therapy she has been honored as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and awarded two Service Awards as well.

Course Modules

Screen Cast Descriptions: Module 1

Module 1A: Introduction to the Suck, Swallow, Breathe (SSB) Model (60 minutes)

Module 1B: Clinical Reasoning & Functional Anatomy (59:15)

Module 1 C: Neurological Substrates of the Suck/Swallow/Breathe Synergy (65 minutes + Bonus Content: 5 minutes)

Module 2: Oral Motor Components

Module 2A: Functional Anatomy of Sucking & Swallowing (47 minutes)

Module 2B: The SSB Synchrony – Feeding and Eating (35 minutes)

Module 2C: Taste, Texture, Fit Practicum (22 minutes, does not include participant practice time)

Module 2D: Oral Motor Assessment Issues (26 minutes)

Module 2E: Oral Motor Treatment Strategies Practicum (20 minutes, does not include participant practice time)

Module 2F: Postural Development (33 minutes)

Module 3: Respiration

Module 3A: The Relationship of Respiration to Function (32 minutes)

Module 3B: Biomechanics and Development of Respiration (55 minutes)

Module 3C: Blow Toys Practicum (25 minutes, does not include time for viewers to analyze their toys)

Module 3D: Assessment of Respiratory Function (40 minutes)

Module 3E: Hands on Respiration Practicum (36 minutes, does not include time for viewers to practice)

Module 3F: Functional Respiratory Treatment (75 minutes)

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All course material is included in the one off fee payable at the time of registration. Materials will be sent to the shipping address provided when the registration is purchased.

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