Functional Pediatric Oral Motor Assessment

This course focused on discussing what to include in an oral motor assessment, tips to support completing an oral motor exam in pediatrics, what to consider for functional assessment, and provided case studies to further understanding.

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Dr Katherine Sanchez is a speech pathologist who co-owns a private practice, Protea Therapy, in Melbourne, Australia, where she works with children aged 0-6. She obtained her PhD looking at oral motor development in children born before 30 weeks of gestational age; and has also published research on communication and feeding in children with cleft palate, children with cerebral palsy, and dysregulated infants. Dr Sanchez has a particular interest in supporting very young children with complex medical histories.

Dr. Katherine Sanchez, PhD, CPSP


Brianna Miluk, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC is a speech language pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor who focuses on pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She especially loves serving infants and medically complex children. Bri strives to provide treatment that builds on responsive feeding approaches, is multidisciplinary, and considers a child's zone of proximal development and principles of neuroplasticity. She primarily works in the home health setting and enjoys mentoring future and current SLPs interested in PFDs.

Brianna Miluk, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Learner Outcomes:

  • Describe 3 key factors to look for in oral motor assessment.

  • List 2 strategies to support implementing oral motor assessment in pediatrics.

  • Discuss the importance of function while completing oral motor exam.

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures:

Financial: Katherine is part-owner of Protea Therapy and employed by The Informed SLP.

Non-financial: Katherine has no relationships to disclose.

Financial: Brianna is the founder and CEO of Pediatric Feeding Therapy, LLC and receives compensation for presenting continuing education courses. Bri receives a salary from Earthshine Speech and Language.

Non-Financial: Brianna is the cofounder and president of the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Foundation. She is also a volunteer ambassador for Feeding Matters. Brianna manages the Instagram page @pediatricfeedingSLP & is co-host of the podcast The Feeding Pod.



  • Introduction 0-5 minutes

  • What should be included in an oral motor assessment 5-15 minutes

  • Tips to support completing oral motor exam in pediatrics 15-20 minutes

  • What should we consider for functional assessment 20-40 minutes

  • Case Examples 40-60 minutes


How to get ASHA CEUs:

-Watch Pre-recorded course in its entirety

-Complete 5 question post-quiz scoring 80% or higher

(you can retake the quiz)

-Make sure name, e-mail, address, and ASHA

number are correct in Thinkific account


*ASHA CEU option begins 9/18/2021

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