Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention

May 19-20, 2017

Oral motor impairment presents a variety of challenges for both the individual affected, and for the care team providing intervention. Often the individual experiencing oral motor difficulties is not able to follow commands. The person may not be eating or taking fluids orally, which reduces the opportunities for observation of oral movement patterns. The majority of baseline protocols currently available require at least minimal direction-following skills. The protocol developed by Beckman uses mechanical muscle responses, which are not mediated cognitively, to baseline the response to pressure and movement, range of movement, variety of movement, strength of movement and control of movement for the lips, cheeks, jaw, and tongue.

Upon completion Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate assessment battery for determining orofacial movement patterns using the Beckman protocol.
  • Demonstrate compensatory handling techniques.
  • Demonstrate oral motor interventions and treatment techniques. 4) Recognize how to screen for potential referral candidates.
  • Identify the results of the techniques discussed

Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  

$450.00 (Early reigstration, 30 days in advance)

Earned credits -  

This program is offered for 1.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area) and 1.6 AOTA CEUs (Intermediate level; Performance Skills).


Debra Beckman has worked in the field of communicative disorders since 1975, specializing in motor speech disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, universities, trauma centers, home-bound, foster homes, group homes, Intermediate Care Facilities for individuals with intellectual impairment (ICF-IID), nursing homes and large residential facilities. She has served as a court appointed witness and as a resource content expert for seven federal court cases, regarding services for the developmentally disabled.

Ms. Beckman has presented at numerous local, state, national and international conferences, and has published articles in professional books, journals, monographs; and in Exceptional Parent magazine. She has been awarded a United States patent for a therapeutic oral probe. Ms. Beckman has been recognized by her peers and her community for outstanding clinical achievement.


Day One

8:00am-10:00am Course Overview, Mealtime Myths,

Neuroanatomy, Impact of Sensory System,

Impact of Gravity on Function, Oral


10:00am-10:15am Break (refreshments provided)

10:15am-12:00am Case Studies-Mealtime Job Aides—Position, Texture, Temperature, Consistency, Utensils

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-3:00pm Compensatory Techniques—Tonic Bite,Coughing, Gagging/Vomiting (hands on practice)

3:00pm-3:15pm Break (refreshments provided)

3:15pm-4:15pm Loss of Food/Fluid, Delayed Oral Transit

4:15pm-5:30pm Assessment & Intervention Videos—Infant and Adult

Day Two

8:00am-10:00am Assessment & Intervention Techniques for Oral Structures-Lips, Gums, Tongue (hands on practice)

10:00am-10:15am Break (refreshments provided)

10:15am-12:00pm Assessment & Intervention Techniques—Cheeks, Jaw (hands on practice)

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-3:00pm Assessment & Intervention Techniques—Tongue, Hard Palette, Soft Palette (hands on practice)

3:00pm-3:15pm Break (refreshments provided)

3:15pm-4:00pm Continued Assessment & Intervention Techniques and Documentation (hands on practice)

4:00pm-5:30pm Home program, Maintenance, Tube to Oral Transition, Discussion, Post Test


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

Nightly rate: $105.00 (price varies based on room availability)


Contact: Jade LeBeauf



Angela Dumas