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Featuring: Lori Goodrich, OTR/L, C/NDT

Moderator: Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L

Originally recorded on November 19, 2020

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts.

Description: Clients with oral motor and feeding difficulties are challenging to treat in any situation but even more so during a pandemic. However, the current environment has provided us with opportunities to explore new ways to deliver occupational therapy interventions, namely telehealth. Although not ideal, the research shows that telehealth is a viable way to address clients with these challenges. Using case examples from various age groups, we will explore what components are essential to an oral motor and feeding telehealth session, including examples of delivering services using the FOCUS model. Additionally some of the benefits and challenges for this type of service delivery will be discussed. Lastly, we will examine how telehealth may inform future treatment plans and models. Participants will be able to take a short quiz following the talk to obtain .1AOTA CEU credits.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

1. Identify components for a treatment session to address oral motor and feeding challenges via telehealth
2. Summarize the benefits and challenges of using telehealth to address oral motor and feeding challenges
3. Describe how the telehealth platform may inform future treatment models.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Speech and Language Therapists, Mental Health Providers

AOTA Areas: Occupational Therapy Services Delivery: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is approved for 1.0 contact hour or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Lori Goodrich, OTR/L, C/NDT, is the Assistant Clinical Director at OTA The Koomar Center in Newton, MA. She has extensive and specialized training related to sensory integration and oral motor theory, evaluation and treatment. For the past 12 years she has worked with clients from toddlers to young adults to both evaluate and treat the underlying sensory and motor foundations that result in restrictive eating. Ms. Goodrich focuses on educating clients and their families to support their understanding of the cause of eating based challenges, as well as providing home base tools and strategies to support mealtime performance across environments. Ms. Goodrich is dedicated to ongoing collaboration with other professionals, including psychologists and nutritionists, in order to provide integrative care as well as to provide education regarding the impact that sensory and motor challenges have on a client’s food selectiveness.

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