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Oral Motor Assessment

Oral Motor, Feeding, and Swallowing Red Flags

  • Frequent middle ear infections, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, and allergies
  • Difficulty breast or bottle feeding
  • Reflux/GERD
  • Difficulty transitioning to solid foods
  • Gagging, choking, vomiting during mealtimes
  • History of dysphagia or use of thickener
  • Poor sleep/snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Open mouth posture
  • Frequent drooling
  • Tongue thrust
  • Obvious malocclusions and tooth decay
  • Finger/thumb sucking, shirt/blanket sucking, extended pacifier/bottle use
  • Messy eating/picky eating
  • Prolonged feeding times (bottle/breast feeding or if eating solids)