Feeding Therapy -> Oral Motor Skills

Oral Motor Skills

Oral motor skills include awareness, strength, co-ordination, movement and endurance of the mouth; jaw, tongue, cheeks and lips. The ability to move oral structures appropriately for various feeding steps.

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Related Disorder(s)

  • Feeding disorders - A feeding disorder, in infancy or early childhood, is a child's refusal to eat certain food groups, textures, solids or liquids for a period of at least one month, which causes the child to not gain enough weight, grow naturally or cause any developmental delays.
  • Neurological Conditions - Types of neurological conditions may include: Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementias, Brain Cancer, Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders, Mental Disorders, Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders, and Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).

Reference links

  • Activities to Improve Oral Motor Skills Author: NHS Ayrshire & Arran - This booklet is to give you ideas and activities to help support your child / young person to improve the awareness and co-ordination of their oral motor skills. Oral motor skills include awareness, strength, co-ordination, movement and endurance of the mouth; jaw, tongue, cheeks and lips. All references to child or children mean either a child or young person.