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Feeding/Swallowing & Oral Motor Therapy
  • “OMEs (Oral Motor Exercises) are non-speech activities that involve sensory stimulation to or actions of the lips, jaw, tongue, soft palate, larynx, and respiratory muscles which are intended to influence the physiologic underpinnings of the oropharyngeal mechanism and thus improve its functions.  OMEs may include active muscle exercise, muscle stretching, passive exercise, and sensory stimulation.”  The ASHA committee (Arvedson, et al, 2007) responsible for formulating this definition conducted an evidence-based systematic review of the effectiveness of OMEs.
  • LEAP for Kids is fortunate to have Kelly Clark, M.S. CCC-SLP on staff.  Kelly has been certified in the Beckman Oral Motor Training.  She has expertise and training in working with children diagnosed with apraxia, Cerebral Palsy, and Down’s Syndrome.  Kelly is also versed in being able to support family and child in a team approach for children with hypo- and hyper-sensitivities in relation to the oral mechanism and food aversions/defensiveness.
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