Early Intervention for Oral Motor Challenges
Early Oral-Motor Interventions for Pediatric Feeding Problems:
What, When and How
Cecilia J. Manno, Catherine Fox, Peggy S. Eicher and MaryLouise E. Kerwin
Children with developmental delays often have feeding difficulties resulting from oral-motor problems. Based on
both clinical experience and a review of published studies, oral-motor interventions have been shown to be effective
in improving the oral function of preterm infants and children with neuromotor disorders, such as cerebral palsy.
However, oral-motor problems may be under identified in other populations of children with developmental
difficulties. The purpose of this paper is to provide a conceptual framework for understanding oral-motor skill
development and problems that can occur in any infant and young child and to review oral-motor treatment
techniques and their empirical support.
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