WEBINAR | What You See in the Body is What You Get in the Mouth! [July 31, 2024][12:00PM – 2:00PM Eastern US/UTC-4]

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Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC, FOM


As speech language pathologists our training, in anatomy and physiology, is limited and  focuses on the oral musculature, and muscles of respiration. This was true 43 years ago and continues to be the norm in most graduate programs today, in spite of landmark works that traced gross motor, fine motor and oral motor development through the first year of life. (Alexander, A., Boehme, R., & Cupps, B.. (1993). Normal development of functional motor skills: The first year. Therapy Skill Builders. Tucson, AZ.)

Research and clinical practice highlight the correlation between what is happening in the body and how it impacts oral sensory motor skill development for feeding and speech. In order to evaluate children with feeding challenges, it is essential to understand how posture and alignment influence feeding and swallowing. We need to understand the ongoing process and the  variability of gross, fine and oral sensory motor development in the “typically developing” infant and toddler, prior to evaluating our clients with motor challenges.

This two hour webinar will use video journeys of several infants and toddlers through the first 36 months of life to highlight “typical” gross, fine and oral motor development. This knowledge base should serve as a foundation for evaluating children with feeding challenges.

The participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify gross motor milestones from birth to a year of age.
  2. Participants will be able to identify oral motor milestones from birth to a year of age.
  3. Participants will be able to explain how the interaction of gross, fine and oral motor development supports function for feeding.
  • 10 minutes: Introduction
  • 20 minutes: Basic Tenets
  • 60 minutes: Hallmarks of Gross, Fine and Oral Motor Skills
    • 0-1 month
    • 2 months
    • 3-4 months 
    • 5-6 months 
    • 7-8 months
    • 9-10 months
    • 11-12 months
  • 10 minutes: Hallmarks of Oral Sensory Skill Development- 12-36 months
  • 10 minutes: Overview of a Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding/Task Analysis of Motor Skills for Chewing
  • 10 minutes: Q&A

NOTE: there may changes to handouts/resources prior to the start of the workshop -- be sure you have reviewed any versions you may have downloaded to make sure you have the latest version


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