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IN-PERSON (San Antonio) – Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention: An Overview and Hands-On Practice (T2K/GAT ONLY)

Friday, February 16, 2024     |   9:00am – 4:30pm CST

This training is open to T2K / GAT employees only and seating is limited!

Audience: ST/OT Feeding Therapists

CEU Hours: 6 CEUs approved by TSHA, TOTA

Cost: free for THERAPY 2000 / Green Apple Therapy employees only

Location: Encompass Health Rehab Hospital of SA – 9119 Cinnamon Hill – San Antonio, TX 78240


Facilitator: Rosemarie LaMonica MS, CCC-SLP (Clinical Feeding Specialist in San Antonio)


The Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention Protocol is an approach that can be used with patients aged birth to geriatric who demonstrate oral motor deficits that negatively impact their ability to adequately and safely meet and maintain all of their nutrition and hydration needs via oral feeding.  Whereas other oral motor approaches rely on the patient’s cognitive cooperation and ability to follow verbal directions in working toward improving their oral motor skills, the Beckman Oral Motor approach works with individuals with impaired oral motor skills who are unable to follow commands for oral motor movements.  The interventions developed by Ms. Beckman provide assisted movements to activate muscle contraction and provide movement against resistance to build strength.  The focus of Ms. Beckman’s interventions is to increase functional response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of movement for the lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue.

Appropriate interventions are determined by the administration of the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol which uses assisted movements and stretch reflexes to quantify response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of movement for the lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue.  The assessment is based on clinically defined functional parameters of minimal competence and does not require the cognitive participation of the individual.

(Beckman, Debra. Beckman Oral Motor. Accessed 5 February 2023.)

This class series will focus on providing participants with information and hands on practice of the assessment and intervention approaches created and taught by Ms. Debra Beckman in a small group setting.


Following this session:

  1. Participants will list 3 reasons why positioning in 90-90-90 is beneficial for safe feeding and optimal gastric output.
  2. Participants will list 3 diagnoses with which orofacial stretches and oral motor exercises should be performed for quality intervention.
  3. Participants will return demonstrate the ability via hands on in class participation, to successfully perform assessment and intervention techniques related to oral motor deficits of the following structures: buccal musculature, labial musculature, lingual musculature and mandibular musculature.
  4. Participants will problem solve and demonstrate the ability to match appropriate orofacial stretches to patient needs during activity with hypothetical patient.


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