August 7, 2020 - 9:00 am

WEBINAR – Itty Bitty Mouths: Oral Mechanism Examination in Infants and Young Children

*This event if for THERAPY 2000/Green Apple Therapy employees only*

Audience: SLP / OT

CEU Hours: 2.5 Hours – TOTA & TSHA approved;

Time: 9:00AM – 11:45AM

Location: Online / Webinar – details coming soon


  • THERAPY 2000 / GA Therapists: FREE

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Speakers: Amanda Graves, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLCS and Sarai Granados, MS, CCC-SLP


To effectively and differentially diagnose speech, feeding, and/or swallowing disorders in children, therapists should possess knowledge and skills in effective administration of an oral mechanism examination. This presentation will highlight techniques for assessing the structural and functional adequacy of infants and young children. Speech-language pathologists and Occupational therapists commonly assess the oral-motor skills of infants and children as part of each patient’s comprehensive evaluation. Gaining a clear understanding of a child’s oral-motor system can assist in determining the potential anatomical and/or physiological challenges that may be contributing to the child’s speech production, swallowing and/or feeding. The results of an oral mechanism examination can facilitate the formulation of a valid diagnosis and a plan of care. As such, it is critical that therapists possess knowledge and skills in execution of oral facial examination as the findings can be relevant to wide span of deficits in their field. The oral pharyngeal anatomy of newborns is noticeably different from that of adults. These anatomical differences support safe feeding for infants in the early stages of development. Anatomical growth and maturation begin at the approximate age of 4-6 months and continue throughout the first year. Although radical changes occur in the first year, a child’s anatomical growth continues into the adolescent years. Determining normal vs. deviant oral motor skills in an infant and child might be due to the variance in normal development/maturation combined with the distinct oral motor characteristics of each individual client. This presentation will offer strategies for execution of a pediatric oral motor examination. Presenters will cover techniques for a range of ages including infancy to early childhood. Visuals, including pictures and video, will be used to more clearly depict and model the concepts that will be presented.


As a result of this presentation, the participant will

  • list at least 3 methods for evaluating strength and range of motion for various oral structures in children.
  • describe at least 3 structural anomalies that may be observed during an oral mechanism examination and their diagnostic implications.
  • list at least 3 differences between an infant and a young child in relation to oral motor structure and function.

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