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On November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Fury Lecture Hall of the Prusmack Center, the Occupational Therapy Program will present Robin M. Butler discussing feeding therapy for the pediatric population. This presentation is open to the community and is most appropriate for occupational and speech therapists.

Feeding problems can seriously damage the parent-child relationship as well as lead to nutritional problems. Children with developmental challenges are at risk for food avoidance and mealtime challenges. The sensory challenges of dining are becoming more prevalent in pediatric practice. This seminar will address the problem for therapists in pediatric practice and other interested parties. Ms. Butler will review typical oral –motor development and its impact upon development and then describe oral motor dysfunction. She will share, via lecture, videos and activities, helpful strategies and tools which can turn feeding challenges into opportunities for growth.

Objectives for this seminar include:
1. State the foundations of oral motor development as well as the impact of oral motor functioning upon development.
2. Identify the developmental sequence of oral-motor and self-feeding behaviors in the typical population.
3. Identify considerations with regard to oral motor development.
4. Recognize when the symptoms of oral motor dysfunction/feeding problems are present.
5. Identification of specific problems and how to proceed with the intervention process.
6. Identify helpful tools and strategies for addressing positive oral motor/feeding behavior outcomes.

Robin Butler is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience. She received a BA in Sociology from Boston University’s Sargent College and went on to serve as a recreation therapy assistant,  camp counselor for adolescents with developmental disabilities, teaching assistant for special needs children in the Boston Public School system, and a preschool head teacher. Ms. Butler earned her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Sargent College where she studied with renowned pioneers in the field, such as Anne Fisher, Catherine Scott Trombly, Sharon Cermack, and Anne Henderson. Ms. Butler was employed as an OTR at the EISEC school for severely disabled and medically fragile children, a program affiliated with Boston university medical Center. She also worked in the Cambridge Public School System where she focused on service delivery based on sensory integration evaluation and treatment.

For the past 26 years, Ms. Butler has been employed at the YAI/NYL for Early Learning Harry H. Gordon School (early intervention and preschool) in the Bronx, NY. She is also the clinical fieldwork educator for the school. She has cultivated skills in the area of oral motor and feeding therapy and also serves as the consultant for the school. Having attended numerous trainings and conferences in related fields such as respiratory control, NDT, sensory integration, and the effects on the entire mealtime process, Ms. Butler has been sharing her expertise with OT students and teaching OTs in general about their role in the process of feeding.

Ms. Butler is a guest lecturer at Dominican College, and has presented with a team of her colleagues at the annual YAI Conference held at the Crown Plaza, NY. She also conducts informational sessions for families. In addition, Ms. Butler is a private contractor providing consultation and direct intervention to children with CP, Down Syndrome, Cleft Lip/Palate, Autism/PDD, and sensory integration dysfunction with food aversions as well as children with feeding tubes or syndromes with accompanying feeding issues. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and AOTA. She resides in the Bronx, NY with her two sons.

The cost to attend this professional seminar is $100 which includes a continental breakfast. CEUs will be offered through AOTA.

For more information please contact Pam McFall, Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy, at pam.mcfall@dc.edu or 845-848-6037.

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