M.O.R.E. — Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions

Sensory Tools Australia presents M.O.R.E. – Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions with Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA and Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR, FAOTA as speakers. This seminar is recommended by Patricia Wilbarger.

About the Speakers
Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA is a pioneer in the field of sensory integration and an internationally esteemed lecturer and practioner and co-author of The M.O.R.E. Book.

Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR, FAOTA lectures world wide on sensory integration dysfunction and is the co-author of The Sensorimotor Performance Analysis, The M.O.R.E. Book and Out of the Mouths of Babes.

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 theoretical framework for understanding how and why many aspects of development are significantly influenced by oral functions will be presented including the relationship of the suck / swallow / breathe synchrony to:

  • behavior and learning
  • postural development
  • feeding
  • communication
  • arousal
  • self-regulation
  • psychosocial development
  • visual / auditory perception
  • 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.

    This is a two-day workshop including lab sessions. The M.O.R.E. Book is required and will be used at the course and may be ordered with registration at a discounted price. Participants may wish to augment their learning experience by acquiring additional resource materials, such as The M.O.R.E. DVD, Out of the Mouths of Babes, or the respiration activities and songs found on the four pack CD collection created by Genevieve Jereb OTR.

    When & Where
    6th & 7th March 2008
    Rooty Hill RSL Club, Sherbrooke Street (corner of Railway St.), Rooty Hill, Sydney

    10th & 11th March 2008
    Holiday Inn, Roma Street, Brisbane

    13th & 14th March 2008
    Angliss Conference Center, William Angliss Institute of TAFE LaTrobe Street, Melbourne

    17th & 18th March 2008
    Rendezvous Observation City Hotel, The Esplanade, Scarborough Beach, Perth

    Early Bird rates are in effect until 14 February 2008. For more information, you can download the conference brochure here.

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