M.O.R.E Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions
November 25 @ 9:00 am - November 26 @ 5:00 pm
The suck/swallow/breathe synchrony (SSB) is the most primary, organizing sensory motor system available at birth. Study of this primitive sensory motor synchrony reveals pervasive influence on all areas of motor development and coordination, including oral motor, self-regulation, postural development, psychosocial development and more. Awareness of SSB influences opens the door to powerful strategies that support improved sensory motor, cognitive and psychosocial development. This course information provides an excellent foundation for identifying central issues effecting sensory motor development. When applied knowledgeably, the strategies outlined in the course increase treatment effectiveness for all areas of sensory motor development and support more complex outcomes, such as social/emotional and cognitive development. Treatment strategies for children with sensory processing/developmental delays will be shared using slides, case examples and participant lab activities. Course Outline Participants will learn: Day 1 (Oral motor lab): Overview: The SSN Synchrony Clinical Reasoning Anatomical Structures & Mechanisms of Suck Neurological Foundations (Cranial Nerves) Complications for Arousal/Alertness The SSB Synchrony and Eating Taste/Texture/Fit Practicum Day 2 (Respiration/Toy and Strategies lab): Functional Mechanisma: Swallow/Respiration Practicum: Oral/Respiratory Activities SSB & Attention Hands on Treatment Strategies: Respiration/Oral Motor Functional Assessment (MORE PS) Case Study/Problem Solving (Treatment Videos) Course 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. Who Can Benefit? Useful for Occupational and Physical Therapists and Speech Pathologists working with children, but may be applied across the age span. Special education Teachers and parents have also found the course helpful.