MORE Course

 MORE Course

Coming Soon to Melbourne & Sydney

Melbourne: October 30 and 31st 2018
Ibis Melbourne

Sydney: November 2nd and 3rd 2018
Penrith RSL

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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.

The MORE Book is recommended and will be used at the course. If you have a copy, please bring it or you may share with someone or you may purchase one with registration. Participants may wish to augment their learning experience by acquiring additional resource materials. “Out of the Mouths of Babes”; MORE The DVD.

Objectives: Participants will be able to

Outline and discuss the relationship of the suck/swallow/breathe synchrony to critical aspects of development.
Identify and document subtle, abnormal SSB processes in children who have sensory processing/developmental dysfunction.
Implement treatment strategies designed to improve respiration patterns, self-regulation, postural control, visual motor skills, feeding and communication skills.
Demonstrate and apply techniques designed to enhance oral/respiratory function.

Agenda (14 contact Hours)
Day 1 (7 contact hours)
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 10:00 Overview: The SSB Synchrony
10:00–10:15 Break
10:15–10:30 Clinical Reasoning
10:30–12:00 Anatomical Structures & Mechanisms of Suck
12:00- 1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 1:45 Neurological Foundations (Cranial Nerves)
1:45 – 3:00 Implications for Arousal/Alertness
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 The SSB Synchrony and Eating
4:15 – 5:00 Taste/Texture/Fit Practicum
Day 2 (7 contact hours)
8:30 – 10:00 Functional Mechanisms: Swallow/Respiration
10:00–10:15 Break
10:15–11:15 Practicum: Oral/Respiratory Activities
11:15–12:15 SSB & Attention
12:15– 1:15 Lunch (on your own)
1:15 – 3:00 Hands on Treatment Strategies: Respiration/Oral Motor
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 3:45 Functional Assessment (MORE PS)
3:45 – 5:00 Case Study/Problem Solving (Treatment Videos)

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