SV03: Issues in Respiration for Children with Neuromotor Disorders: Assessment & Treatment Strategies
Presented By: Merry M. Meek, M.S., CCC-SLP; Christine A. Nelson, OTR, Ph.D., FAOTA

2 Contact Hours - 0.20 CEUs - 2.00 PDUs
$15.00 per person
Course Description
This CEU program consists of three streaming videos. Some of the information in this program (RSP1 and RSP2) is included in the longer seminar SEM10A.

RSP1 Assessing Respiration Function in Children with Neurological Disorders (39 min.)
by Merry M. Meek, M.S., CCC-SLP, Advanced NDT Speech Instructor.

Respiration is an integral component of eating, swallowing, phonation and speech. Often overlooked in treatment are respiratory support, timing, the ability to hold during swallowing, and grading of exhalation during phonation. These major difficulties interfere with oral-motor function. This video presents the basic components and assessment parameters for investigating respiratory issues in children with neuromotor disorders.

RSP2 Treatment for Improved Respiration and Phonation (45 min.)
by Merry M. Meek, M.S., CCC-SLP, Advanced NDT Speech Instructor.

This video addresses the concepts of respiration as they relate to the development of function. Treatment techniques are demonstrated for establishing respiratory control as a support for functional motor activity.

RF1 Using Developmental Movement to Assist Respiratory Function (26 min.)
by Christine A. Nelson, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, NDT Coordinator Instructor.

This video presents examples of treatment strategies for a child with pulmonary dysplasia. The ideas presented are generally applicable to other children with respiratory issues.

There are no Handouts included for this course.
Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the differences between the infant and adult rib cage.
2. List the major muscles involved with respiration.
3. Describe the relationship between postural development and respiration.
4. Describe treatment techniques to improve phonation through improving respiration control.
5. Describe how improving rotation of the trunk can effect respiratory function.
6. Describe the influence of alignment to respiratory adaptation.
7. Describe the relationship between respiration and movement.
8. Describe the importance of rib cage mobility in breathing and movement.
Seminar Level
Level I Introductory/no prerequisites required.
Accepted by NBCOT for PDUs. Approved by the California and Illinopis Speech Therapy Boards, Approved by the New York PT Board, California PT Board and the Illinois PT Board. For other State PT Board approvals click on CEU Course Approvals on the CEU Course Listing Page.
High Speed Internet Connection Required. Wireless connections may not be consistently fast enough to watch long video files. You may need to have your computer connected directly to your high speed modem via an internet cable.
Target Audience
Physical, occupational, speech therapists, and other rehabilitation specialists. For special needs requests please contact us at
Order Options
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