Treatment Strategies for the Improvement of Oral, Pharyngeal, Feeding/Swallowing & Respiratory Function: The Child with Neuromuscular Involvement - VIRTUAL/LIVE WEBINAR LIVE WEBINAR - TWO Sessions

March 4-5, 2022

8:10-4:00 PM Friday CST

9:10-5:00 PM Saturday CST



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Course Description

This engaging course delivers a wealth of information on assessment and treatments that focus on the trunk, respiration, swallowing skills, and oral motor functioning, as well as mealtime strategies to improve feeding in infants and children with neuromuscular impairments.

This course delivers clinically-relevant assessment and treatment strategies for infants and children with neuromuscular impairments and challenges to their oral/pharyngeal, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory function. Special emphasis is on postural alignment and control, as well as on sensory factors that can influence a child's feeding and swallowing. Effective treatment strategies to improve cheeks/lips, tongue, jaw, pharyngeal, and rib cage function will be highlighted. Participants will engage in extensive clinical problem-solving via group case analysis and patient demonstration sessions.

Professionals who have a foundation of knowledge in the components of typical and atypical, oral, pharyngeal, feeding/swallowing, respiratory, and general movement development. Participants should have practical experience in providing assessment and treatment services for infants and children with neuromuscular involvement who exhibit problems in oral motor, oral sensory, pharyngeal, feeding, swallowing, phonatory, and respiratory coordination function

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to apply course learning immediately to:


  • Clinically assess oral/pharyngeal, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory coordination function in infants and young children
  • Detail the essential components of comprehensive intervention programming for young children with neuromuscular involvement
  • Implement effective body alignment/positioning for the modification of oral, pharyngeal, and respiratory function in intervention programming
  • Perform treatment strategies to improve the function of the cheeks/lips, tongue, and jaw in children with neuromuscular involvement

About the Instructor

Rona Alexander, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT, is a speech-language pathologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of oral, pharyngeal, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory coordination function from infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with primary neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems impairments. She maintains a private practice, provides consultation services, provides short-term treatment intensives, and conducts workshops/courses/seminars/webinars on oral movement, oral sensory, feeding/swallowing, and rib cage/respiratory coordination, development, assessment, and treatment. As a qualified active speech instructor in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Dr. Alexander teaches in basic pediatric certificate courses and advanced NDT courses. She has contributed chapters on oral, pharyngeal, feeding/swallowing, and ribcage/respiratory coordination function to numerous publications; is co-author of the book entitled,Normal Development of Functional Motor Skills: The First Year of Life; is author of the CEU product, Focus on the Rib Cage for Improvement of Respiration, Phonation, Movement, and Postural Control; and is co-developer of the CEU product, The ABCs of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing.


08:10-08:30  Webinar Registration/Zoom Course Opens

08:30-08:45  Introduction/Discussion of Workshop Plan

08:45-10:30  Primary Areas Influencing a Child's Feeding and Swallowing Function

  • Oral Issues
  • Pharyngeal Issues
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Respiratory/Airway Issues
  • Behavioral Management Issues

10:30-10:45  BREAK


10:45-12:30  Primary Areas Influencing a Child's Feeding and Swallowing Function, (cont.)

12:30-01:00  LUNCH

01:00-02:30  Comprehensive Oral, Pharyngeal, Feeding/Swallowing, and Respiratory Coordination Assessment and Intervention Program Development

02:30-02:45  BREAK
02:45-04:00  Treatment Strategies:  The Influences of Body Movement and Postural Alignment on Oral, Pharyngeal, and Rib Cage/Respiratory Function

  • Therapeutic Handling in Direct Treatment
  • Body Alignment and Positioning for Improved Oral Function



8:40-9:00 Webinar Registration/Zoom Course Opens

9:00-10:00 At the heart of it: Cardiology

· Neurodevelopmental concerns and outcomes

· Cyanotic vs. acyanotic defects, cardiac rehab, surgical repairs and VADs, heart transplant

10:00-10:30 Cardiac cases

10:30-11:15 Take a Breath – Pulmonary

· CLD, PBD, CV respiratory failure – trachs and vents, lung transplants

11:15-11:45 LAB: Pulmonary cases

11:45-12:00 BREAK

12:00-12:30 Tummy Troubles: Gastrointestinal

· Abdominal Surgeries, Short gut syndrome, Malabsorption Syndromes, Obesity, Eating Disorders, Diabetes

12:30-1:00 LAB: GI cases

1:00-1:30 LUNCH (on your own)

1:30-2:45 Fun and Function through Play - Oncology

· Blood Cancers, Sarcoma, Brain Tumors, Spinal Tumors, Solid Organ Tumors, Bone Marrow Transplant

2:45-3:15 Oncology Cases

3:15-4:15 B+ (Positive) Hematology Hemophilia, Sickle Cell Disease

4:15-4:30 LAB: Hematology Cases





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