Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions

***We have 4 spots left in this course.  

Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 14 & 15, 2019
Audience: Pediatric PT, OT, SLP
Course Level: Intermediate
Check in time: 8-8:30 am
Course time: Saturday and Sunday: 8:30-5 pm
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital 
6401 France avenue S, Edina, MN 55435  International Room

Contact hours: 14.0 Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

Course Fee: $425 (The MORE book will be provided to each attendee without additional fee). 

****We are offering a 10% discounted fee for a single registration.  Group discounts of two or more will receive a 15% discount.  All attendees will receive the M.O.R.E. book ($35 value) with your registration.  This book will be used at the course. 

For Group discounts:  USE CODE rehab10 for 10% discount and rehab15 for 15% discount for group. 

You must register at the same time.Please email or call ahead of time with the names of the people who will be registering as a group, [email protected] or 612-672-5607.

AOTA Classification Codes: Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. 


The MORE book will be used at the course.  Fairview Rehab Services will provide the book for each attendee ($35 value). Participants may wish to augment their learning experience by acquiring additional resource materials. “Out of the Mouths of Babes”; MORE The DVD. 

Instructor (s): Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA has over 30 years’ experience working with a variety of disability groups in the public schools, hospital 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 ad advanced treatment model.  Ms. Richter continues to support development of the camp and other treatment models, while designing and developing therapeutic equipment.  

Disclosures: Ms. Oetter receives royalties for published materials and Honorarium from Fairview Health services for speaking on this topic. As co-owner for RAIR she may receive a share of company profits. She has no financial relationships to disclose.

Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA has 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, age’s 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 practice consultant.  Ms. Oetter has co-authored a number of publications related to treatment of sensory  and processing disorders including; “MORE: Integrating he Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions” and “Out of the Mouths of Babes: The Developmental Significance of the Mouth”

Disclosures: Ms. Oetter receives royalties for published materials and Honorarium from Fairview Health services for speaking on this topic.  She has no financial relationships to disclose.

Course Description:

 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.


Upon completion of this course the 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. 


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
1:00 -– 1:45          Neurological Foundations (Cranial

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: 
10:00-10:15        Break
10:15 - 11:15         Practicum: Oral/Respiratory Activities
11:15 - 12:15         SSB & Attention
12:15 -  1:15          Lunch
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)

*Topic times may vary; contact hours do not

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