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Pediatric Feeding: The Big Picture – Module 3

Pediatric Feeding The Big Picture Module 3


Pediatric Feeding: The Big Picture Module 3


In this third module in our series of “Pediatric Feeding: The Big Picture”, we continue laying the groundwork for the critical task of evaluating and treating pediatric feeding disorders by focusing on the oral motor skills necessary for safe and effective chewing and swallowing. We discuss the importance of differentiating tone and strength, the research regarding what is necessary to strengthen muscles, and which muscles to focus on. As a group, we will brainstorm on applying this knowledge to specific activities to be used for strengthening the muscles of the jaw, cheeks, lips, and tongue. The emphasis is on the relationship between the sensory and motor systems and how this drives our therapy.


Key Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  1. Distinguish tone versus strength and discuss the influence of each on feeding skills.
  2. Summarize the current research on “oral motor therapy”and what constitutes evidence-based practice in this area.
  3. Compose a list of therapy activities for individual patients based on their current motor skills.


2 hours.



0:00 – 0:15 Tone versus Strength
0:15 – 0:30 Evidence-based Practice in Oral Motor Strengthening
0:30 – 0:50 Activities and Tools for Strengthening the Muscles of the Jaw
0:50 – 1:10 Activities and Tools for Strengthening the Muscles of the Cheeks
1:10 – 1:30 Activities and Tools for Strengthening the Muscles of the Lips
1:30 – 1:50 Activities and Tools for Strengthening the Muscles of the Tongue
1:50 – 2:00 Q&A



Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Meyer is a co-owner of CEU-Espresso, Inc. and was paid an honorarium for this presentation. She owns a private practice, Feeding and Dysphagia Resources, P. C. in Denton, TX
Non-financial: Jennifer is a personal friend of the developer of the Res-Q Infant Wedge, sometimes mentioned in her presentations.

Sponsor Disclosure:

This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure:

This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.


We really want you to be able to learn this material, not just breeze through it to take a quiz and say you’ve learned something but forget it by the time you are in front of your next patient or client. So, you will have access to this material for 6 months (180 days) from your registration date. You will be able to download any course resources and stream the video as much as you wish during that time to review the information. We just ask that you not share the handout or other materials with anyone who hasn’t registered for their own access to the course.


To get the most out of this course, please download and print or otherwise have these files accessible while you attend the course.

Course Handout:
“Three per page Powerpoint slides”

Research Doc:
“Oral Motor Exercise Research”

“Pediatric Feeding The Big Picture Module 3 Oral Motor Bibliography”


Each topic below contains a video with one or two corresponding quiz questions. Participants must view each video and correctly answer all quiz questions to successfully complete the course. Once completed, click through to fill out our feedback form and then to download your certificate.