Cranial Nerve Dysfunction CND in the Newborn to Precrawling Infant 3 day class

Participants will:

  • Learn how to optimize Cranial Nerve function for the newborn to precrawling infant
  • Describe Cranial Nerve Dysfunction CND and how to use this model when assessing and treating babies with difficulties such as latch/feeding, torticollis, plagiocephaly, Autonomic Nervous System regulation difficulties, etc.
  • Learn Cranial Nerve function and the impact of posture, movement and connection on latch/breastfeeding for babies with oral restrictions and dysfunction
  • Feel confident connecting and communicating with parents regarding baby’s Cranial Nerve function
  • Utilize the Polyvagal Theory in problems solving
  • Learn to normalize sensorimotor oral skills
  • Learn the TummyTime!™ Method (with option for certification)
  • Learn the 4 Principle Functional Movement Protocol
  • Use the CND Assessment and Classification System
  • Learn clinical applications and treatment strategies

This training is helpful for Lactation Consultants/ IBCLCs, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Licensed Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, MDs, Nurses, Dentists, and Birth Professionals

Diane Bahr
March 10-11th, 2018
2 Day Talk Tools Course

Early intervention and pediatric treatment are changing. There are not enough resources to serve the numerous children with feeding, speech/communication, and mouth function problems (e.g., those with prematurity, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, other congenital disorders, etc.). Occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, early intervention specialists, dieticians, pediatricians, nurses, and others need detailed information to make appropriate referrals, choose appropriate treatment techniques, divide team responsibilities, and train parents/care providers. Techniques (learned in this course) are functional practices interventionists can safely teach parents/care providers. Participation experiences and DVD demonstrations encourage clinical problem solving throughout the course.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify oral sensory-motor problems that impact feeding, speech, and mouth function in children with prematurity, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disorders.
  • Identify typical and atypical anatomy/physiology and feeding/speech/mouth function.
  • Identify appropriate treatments for feeding/speech/mouth function problems.
  • Practice general oral massage for appropriate populations (e.g., children with oral defensiveness, oral awareness problems, tonic bite, hyperresponsive gag, etc.).
  • Practice feeding techniques that can be safely taught to parents and care providers.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 1.5 ASHA CEUs, AOTA (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Course Timeline:

Part 1 Total Hours: 4 hours, 15 minutes

30 minutes: Key Assessment Concepts

30 minutes: Oral Sensory-Motor Problems/Populations We Treat

30 minutes: Useful Anatomy/Physiology and Sensory-Motor Function

60 minutes: Typical Face/Mouth Development

75 minutes: Promoting Good Face/Mouth Development from Birth

30 minutes: Health Problems: Allergies, Reflux, Sinus, Pulmonary

Part 2 Total Hours: 3 hours, 15 minutes

30 minutes: Hand-Mouth Connection/Early Mouthing Experiences

30 minutes: Pacifier Use/Thumb Sucking/Excessive Mouthing/Tooth Grinding

30 minutes: Teething/Resolving Drooling

45 minutes:Group Experience: Oral Massage/Facilitation

30 minutes: Jaw/Lip/Tongue: Grading/Dissociation/Direction of Movement

30 minutes:Horns/Bubbles/Other Respiratory Work

Part 3 Total Hours 7.5 hours

60 minutes: Treatment Session Components/Suggestions/Modifications

30 minutes: Infant Breast/Bottle Feeding

30 minutes: Spoon Feeding/Cup and Straw Drinking

30 minutes:Age-Appropriate Food/Liquid Progression

45 minutes: Group Experience: Feeding Technique Practice

30 minutes: Working through “Picky Eating/Drinking”

90 minutes: Typical Feeding Development (Detailed)

30 minutes: Typical Speech/Communication Development (Detailed)

75 minutes: ntelligible Speech as an ADL (Strategies for SLPs/OTs/Others)

30 minutes: Speech Treatment X-Rays/Videos

Additional Information