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Everything You Need to Know about a Baby's Mouth for Good Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Development

Cost: $49.00

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Instructor: Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI
Specializing in Feeding, Motor Speech, and Mouth Function

Recommended Reading (not required): Chapter 1 of the book Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles to Breathing to Healthy Speech Development by Diane Bahr (Sensory World, 2010). This book is not included with the course purchase. It must be purchased separately if desired. Information from this book will also be presented in future E-courses.

CONTACT HOURS AND CEU'S (Course Running Time)

  2.5 Contact Hours toward Licensure
This course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area).
Offered for 0.25 AOTA CEUs
Approved by the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program.


  Speech-Language Pathologists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Physical Therapists and Assistants, Lactation Consultants, Nurses, Pediatricians and Assistants, Dental Professionals, Early Interventionists and Assistants, Educators and Assistants, Parents, Family Members, and Appropriate Others  


  This course teaches about the structures and functions of a newborn baby's and young infant's mouth that can affect the life-long processes of feeding and speech. Most babies are born with good mouth development, but many problems can arise beginning in the first weeks of life. These problems usually "sneak up" on parents, caregivers, and professionals who don't recognize the subtle indications of them. This course helps participants avoid that trap by learning how to keep a baby's mouth development "on track" from birth.  


  Upon course completion, participants will identify:
- The similarities and differences found in a newborn's face, mouth, and throat compared to an adult's face, mouth, and throat
- A baby's face, mouth, and throat characteristics at birth and how they change in the first year
- What can go wrong with a baby's mouth development and how to avoid, reduce, or resolve these problems (such as missing sucking pads; tongue and lip tie; nasal, sinus, and ear problems; upper and lower jaw development problems; and so on)
- The importance of each of the seven infant mouth reflexes, when they come under a baby's control, and when they seem to disappear


12.5 Minutes: Introduction and Overview
66 Minutes: Early Face, Mouth, and Throat Development (Beginning at Birth)
41.5 Minutes: Uses and Integration of the Seven Infant Mouth Reflexes and Responses
30 Minutes: Assessment Demonstration and Discussion
1 Minute: Conclusion
Total: 151 Minutes = 2.5 Hours


For Parents, Professionals, and Students, Too! Diane Bahr's E-Course helped me accurately prepare and clinically interpret my first infant Modified Barium Swallow Study as a Graduate Student Clinician. The course was an excellent supplement to my academic coursework. As a student, I loved learning at my own pace on my own time! The combination of organized text, imbedded video examples, and audio input was both engaging and informative. The knowledge I gained through the course not only expanded my understanding, it gave me an academic edge! I recommended this course to all my teachers and classmates!
Krystina Burke, Speech Language Pathology Graduate Student, Loyola University, Maryland
The E-Course "Everything You Need to Know About a Baby's Mouth for Good Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Development" will blow you away! Speech-Language Pathologists who work with pediatrics, SLP parents, and SLP parents-to-be will find the course especially riveting. My only regret is that I didn't get to take the course before my son was born! I never knew how much could be done to support healthy mouth development in the first year of life.
Roisin Ching, MS, CCC-SLP
As a pediatric SLP and new mom, this course could not be more timely! I wish every new mom could understand these concepts, so all babies could have the greatest chance for healthy mouth development! The combination of video examples, text for reading, and Diane's auditory commentary was a great combination to support my learning.
Julia Franklin, MS, CCC-SLP
I found the information presented in the course to be applicable to my therapy with the birth to three population. The course content was well presented with videos to enhance the learning process. This course is a must for any clinician working with very young children.
Susanne Liljegren, MA, CCC-SLP
I would highly recommend this course to all clinicians who are working with newborn/infant feeding! Diane does a beautiful job in making the information clear, concise, and captivating!
Stephanie Pepps Welch, MS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC


  Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI is a certified speech-language pathologist and infant massage instructor. She has practiced speech-language pathology since 1980 and has been a feeding therapist since 1983. Her experiences include teaching graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education courses; working with children and adults who exhibit a variety of speech, language, feeding, and swallowing disorders; and publishing/presenting information on oral sensory-motor function, assessment, and treatment. She is the author of the textbook ORAL MOTOR ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT: AGES AND STAGES (Allyn & Bacon, 2001). She has also written a book for parents and professionals entitled NOBODY EVER TOLD ME (OR MY MOTHER) THAT! EVERYTHING FROM BOTTLES AND BREATHING TO HEALTHY SPEECH DEVELOPMENT (Sensory World, 2010).    

Financial: Diane Bahr is the author of two books [Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages; Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development] for which she receives royalty payments. She is also the co-owner of Ages and Stages®, LLC for which she is paid.
Nonfinancial: Diane Bahr is a volunteer board member for the Oral Motor Institute Study Group and a volunteer advisory board member for Future Horizons, Inc.


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  This course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)

Ages and Stages®, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education for the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA). This course is offered for 0.25 AOTA CEUs (Introductory Level) for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

  This course is offered for 2.5 Contact Hours toward Licensure: 1 teaching hour equals 1 contact hour/PDU.
Approved by the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program.


  Participants will have access to each E-course for a period of 6 months. Professionals must attain 80% accuracy on the test at the end of each course in order to receive a certificate. ASHA paperwork will be submitted quarterly for those requesting ASHA CEUs. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities. Please contact us if you need special consideration.  


  Once you are registered and have logged into the E-Course, you will not receive a refund for any reason. If you have registered but require a refund prior to the logging into the E-Course, a refund will be considered on a case-by-case basis. While unlikely, Ages and Stages®, LLC reserves the right to cancel this E-Course for unforeseen circumstances. Cancellation of the E-Course will result in a full tuition refund.