Is it a tongue tie? What else could be going on? Having a deeper understanding of the orofacial complex and functional oral motor patterns can help take your assessment techniques to the next level. Curious about jaws, tongues, palates, oral tone, suck patterns, and more? This presentation will focus on understanding the finer details and the bigger picture when it comes to infant oral assessment. We will cover the basics of infant oral anatomy, assessment techniques and optimal vs suboptimal movement, strength, and sucking patterns. This module is designed for health professionals involved in the care of the pre-crawling infant. 

Session Objectives: 

  • Describe¬†the stages of infant orofacial development in embryogenesis
  • Identify normal and abnormal infant oral anatomical presentations
  • Understand basic infant oral assessment techniques

 

IBLCE Blueprint Areas Covered:

  • I. Development and Nutrition, A. Infant
  • III. Pathology, A. Infant
  • VI. Techniques
  • VII. Clinical Skills, B. Education and Communication

 

"This workshop should be a requirement for IBCLCs."

- IBCLC, Course Participant

 

Time: 60 minutes

Cost: $40

 

Access for 90 days.

Includes 1.0 IBLCE CERP upon completion.

(Email¬†[email protected]¬†for information about discounts for Tier 2, 3 countries)

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"This was very helpful! I was able to determine where I was doing things correctly and where/how I could improve. I can take what I learned into my practice immediately. [My "A-HA" moment was] that orofacial development (specifically the palate) can be impacted by positioning in utero. To this point I had made the (incorrect) assumption that a high palate automatically meant tongue tie when in fact, it could be related to how much room baby had as they were growing. Assess beyond the frenulum!"

 - Course Participant

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"As a new IBCLC, I sometimes feel lost in the world of TOT controversy... I felt your assessment areas to be so clear.. the how's & the why's... thank you so much!"

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"I know a lot already but wanted to learn more about embryologic development and more in-depth individual functional assessment. This course was very clinical and practical, teaching information that can be put to use today to improve assessment skills."

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"I really appreciated hearing the advice to examine ALL babies - I had noted that I was starting to not know what "normal/functional" looked like and really needed to hear to look in all babies mouths to get the full spectrum - which is what I had started to feel, but hadn't put into words!"

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"Great presentation! I loved the video of you doing an assessment it really helped me to understand how to streamline my own oral assessments."

- Course Participant

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"I've worked for several years with infants and feeding. It was good to see that I am doing most of the things mentioned in this course, however the detail to which it was explained was really helpful. I have not thought about embryological development for quite some time. That was really helpful. The handout was great as well. As always, much respect to you Melissa. Thank you."

 - Course Participant

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"I just wanted to reiterate that your sessions are simply wonderful. They honor the student, the parents, the baby. I love how you thank the baby throughout each session, letting the baby know that they are in charge and have control over their world when they are working with you. It is such an important model of care. Seriously, I almost started crying with your sincere thanks to the baby doing tummy time. Thank you so much, Melissa. These sessions will positively impact all of the future students who take this course."

 - Course Participant

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