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.
Manno, C. J., Fox, C., Eicher, P. S., & Kerwin, M. L. E. (2005). Early oral-motor interventions for pediatric feeding problems: What, when and how. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention, 3, 145-159.
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