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*VCF funding approved of $480 per pax for VWO staff who are Sporean/PR

Full-Day Workshop

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

The suck/swallow/breathe synchrony (SSB) is the most primary, organizing sensory motor system available at birth. Study of this primitive sensory motor synchrony reveals pervasive influence on all areas of motor development and coordination, including oral motor, self-regulation, postural development, psychosocial development and more.

Awareness of SSB influences opens the door to powerful strategies that support improved sensory motor, cognitive and psychosocial development. This course information provides an excellent foundation for identifying central issues effecting sensory motor development. When applied knowledgeably, the strategies outlined in the course increase treatment effectiveness for all areas of sensory motor development and support more complex outcomes, such as social/emotional and cognitive development. Treatment strategies for children with sensory processing/developmental delays will be shared using slides, case examples and participant lab activities.

Dates:25 and 26 Nov 2019 (Mon and Tue)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA and Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Ms Richter has over 30 years of experience working with a variety of disability groups in the public schools, hospitals and private practice. She has her Master of Public Health degree in Maternal & Child Health, is NDT certified and has published a number of books and articles. Ms Richter has lectured extensively throughout the US, Asia and Europe on topics related to sensory motor dysfunction in children. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Ms Oetter has a master’s degree in special education. Her clinical experience is with individuals of varying disabilities, ages, newborn to adult, with a primary emphasis on infants and toddlers, preschool and elementary aged children with learning, communication and/or sensory processing disorders. Ms Oetter provides consultation and education for teachers, parents and therapists in the US, Asia and Europe. She has worked extensively in schools, special programs and private practice. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Ms Oetter has co-authored a number of publications related to treatment of sensory processing disorders.

Course Outline

Participants will learn:

Day 1 (Oral motor lab):

  • Overview: The SSN Synchrony
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Anatomical Structures & Mechanisms of Suck
  • Neurological Foundations (Cranial Nerves)
  • Complications for Arousal/Alertness
  • The SSB Synchrony and Eating
  • Taste/Texture/Fit Practicum

Day 2 (Respiration/Toy and Strategies lab):

  • Functional Mechanisma: Swallow/Respiration
  • Practicum: Oral/Respiratory Activities
  • SSB & Attention
  • Hands on Treatment Strategies: Respiration/Oral Motor
  • Functional Assessment (MORE PS)
  • Case Study/Problem Solving (Treatment Videos)
Course Objectives

Participants will be able to :

  • Outline and discuss the relationship of the suck/swallow/breathe synchrony to critical aspects of development.
  • Identify and document subtle, abnormal SSB processes in children who have sensory processing/developmental dysfunction.
  • Implement treatment strategies designed to improve respiration patterns, self-regulation, postural control, visual motor skills, feeding and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate and apply techniques designed to enhance oral/respiratory function.
Who Can Benefit?

Useful for Occupational and Physical Therapists and Speech Pathologists working with children, but may be applied across the age span. Special education Teachers and parents have also found the course helpful.

Course Fees & Closing Dates

*VCF funding approved of $480 per pax for VWO staff who are Sporean/PR

Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
01 Sep 2019 1250
Normal Till Full 1350