This is a two-day, hands-on intensive workshop. Participants will learn compensatory hands-on techniques for tonic bite, slow oral transit, tongue thrust, and gag. The participants will practice over 50 specific intervention strategies for improving facial muscle function for eating and speech.
Additional topics of discussion may include: goal writing, diet texture progression, tube to oral issues, adaptive mealtime utensils, oral hygiene issues, medication administration issues, oral function for individuals with trachs, facilitating improved articulation through oral motor techniques, research issues, videofluroscopy issues for motorically involved individuals, and additional topics of importance as determined by the participants.
Upon completion Participants will be able to: 1) Demonstrate assessment battery for determining orofacial movement patterns using the Beckman protocol. 2) Demonstrate compensatory handling techniques. 3) Demonstrate oral motor interventions and treatment techniques. 4) Recognize how to screen for potential referral candidates. 5) Identify the results of the techniques discussed.