Integrating the MOUTH With Sensory and Postural Functions
Presented by Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
and Eileen W. Richter, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
Sydney - 2nd & 3rd November 2018
Penrith RSL8 Tindale St
Penrith NSW 2750
Strictly limited to 60pp per course
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, 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 will be used at the course and may be ordered. Participants may wish to augment their learning experience by acquiring additional resource materials. “Out of the Mouths of Babes”; MORE The DVD.
Participants will be able to
1. Outline and discuss the relationship of the suck/swallow/breathe synchrony to critical aspects of development.
2. Identify and document subtle, abnormal SSB processes in children who have sensory processing/developmental dysfunction.
3. Implement treatment strategies designed to improve respiration patterns, self-regulation, postural control, visual motor skills, feeding and communication skills.
4. Demonstrate and apply techniques designed to enhance oral/respiratory function.
About the Presenters:
Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA
Ms. Richter has over 30 years experience working with a variety of disability groups in the public schools, hospitals and private practice. She has her Master of Public Health degree in Maternal & Child Health, is NDT certified and has published a number of books
Ms. Richter has lectured extensively throughout the US, Asia and Europe on topics related to sensory motor dysfunction in children. She is a Fellow of the AOTA and has directed Avanti Camp, an intensive sensory integration camp using an advanced treatment model. Ms. Richter continues to support development of the camp and other treatment models, while designing and developing therapeutic equipment.
Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
Ms. Oetter earned her B.S. degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas and her master's degree in special education from Kansas State Teachers College. She has clinical experience with individuals of varying disabilities, ages newborn to adult. Her primary emphasis has been infants and toddlers, preschool and elementary aged children with learning, communication and/or sensory processing disorders. Ms. Oetter provides consultation and education for teachers, parents, and therapists in the US, Asia and Europe; she has worked extensively in schools, special programs, and private practice. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is currently a private consultant. Ms. Oetter has co authored a number of publications related to treatment of sensory