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Functions of the Mouth and Its Role in Development

2022-03-25 @ 09:00 - 2022-03-26 @ 16:00

The mouth plays a central role in multiple aspects of human development; even after childhood we as adults unconsciously use our mouth to focus, self-regulate or even guide our finely tuned motor actions.

During this 2-day course we will focus on the mouth’s many functions to understand the oral behaviour we see in many of the children we work with.

This course is designed for speech and language therapists. No previous knowledge or training is required.

Dates: 25 and 26 Mar 2022 (Fri and Sat)
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Karin Brinkmann,

After having worked in her private practice since the late 90s for 25 years, Karin Brinkmann has since focused on mentoring SLP’s, OT’s and PT’s, teachers and (professional) caregivers in 2016. Her main specialty is children with speech (motor) and language disorders, sensory processing disorders, and/or neurological disorders.

Karin: “I want (speech therapists) to be able to understand what the role of Sensory Processing is in developing speech, language, and feeding skills…it can make treatment easier and more effective as I stress the importance of working in a functional way. By recognising the children’s (unique) way of processing information, it is possible to see it as a strength and not as a problem.”

Karin has also been a PROMPT instructor since 2008, and travels the world to teach both PROMPT and Sensory Processing in English, Dutch and German.

Course Outline

Day 1:

09:00 – 10:45 Welcome and introduction, workshop objectives;
Introduction to the mouth and its general role in development
10:45 – 11:00 Short break
11:00 – 12:00 The mouth’s role in relation to feeding
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 14:30 The mouth’s role in relation to regulation and attention
14:30 – 14:45 Short break
14:45 – 16:00 The mouth’s role in relation to discovering the world, building concepts and communication

Day 2:

09:00 – 10:45 Constraints: individual, task and environment
10:45 – 11:00 Short break
11:00 – 12:00 Treatment principles for the mouth
12:00 – 13:00 Lunchbreak
13:00 – 14:30 Analysing tools and materials for their use in treatment of oral functions
14:30 – 14:45 Short break
14:45 – 16:00 Case study
Discussion and evaluation;

Please note: this schedule might be slightly changed at the discretion of the presenter (KB Interactief)

Course Objectives

After the course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between sensory systems and motor in regard to oral functioning for speech, feeding, regulation, attention, posture and general motor development.
  • Describe the development of mouthing and its role in the development of feeding, speech and language.
  • Recognise sensory processing disorders as a possible component in children with oral deficits and/or oral habits.
  • Describe compensation and adaptation techniques for or through oral functions.
  • Make critical decisions regarding the choice for tools in the treatment of oral functions.
Who Can Benefit?

Speech Language Therapists

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax
30 Sep 2021 800
Normal Till Full 850


2022-03-25 @ 09:00
2022-03-26 @ 16:00
Event Category:


Bridging Talents (Singapore)
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