Typical Versus Atypical Oral Motor Function in the Pediatric Population: Beyond the Checklist Speech-language pathologists work with oral phase dysfunction for swallowing, as well as concurrent speech difficulties resulting from oral-motor difficulties in the pediatric population. This sets the speech-language pathologist apart from the occupational therapist, who may also work with swallowing disorders. Morris (1985)  as well as Moore and colleagues (Green ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2003
Typical Versus Atypical Oral Motor Function in the Pediatric Population: Beyond the Checklist
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  • Diane H. Bahr
    Private Practice, Baltimore, MD
  • Diane Bahr is a speech-language pathologist in private practice in Baltimore, MD.dibahr@comcast.net
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2003
Typical Versus Atypical Oral Motor Function in the Pediatric Population: Beyond the Checklist
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2003, Vol. 12, 4-12. doi:10.1044/sasd12.1.4
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2003, Vol. 12, 4-12. doi:10.1044/sasd12.1.4
Speech-language pathologists work with oral phase dysfunction for swallowing, as well as concurrent speech difficulties resulting from oral-motor difficulties in the pediatric population. This sets the speech-language pathologist apart from the occupational therapist, who may also work with swallowing disorders. Morris (1985)  as well as Moore and colleagues (Green et al., 1997; Moore, Smith, & Ringel, 1988; Moore & Ruark, 1996; Ruark & Moore, 1997) have looked at possible relationships between the processes of eating, drinking, and speaking in children, since the same musculature is used. Many feeding, eating, drinking, and speaking difficulties seen in children result from disorders of oral muscle function and motor planning.
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