First Bite #40 – March 26, 2019

Functional Feeding from Birth

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode Michelle is joined by the one and only Diane Bahr, MS CCC-SLP, CIMI, the guru behind typical oral development for infants and toddlers and the author of one textbook, Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages, and two parent-professional books Feed Your Baby and Toddler Right: Early Eating and Drinking Skills Encourage the Best Development and Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development. In this episode, Michelle and Diane tackle typical development for a healthy growing mouth, as well as compare contrasting factors in an evaluation between bottle and breast-feeding. They round out this dynamic hour with a crash course on which team members to consult with if systems are starting to go awry.


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • 3 different parameters in an oral mech exam that they should assess when working with a newborn vs when assessing a 6-month-old.
  • 2 differences when assessing an infant on a bottle vs at breast.
  • 3 professionals we can potentially refer to for collaboration/continuity of care when treating an infant/toddler.


Diane Bahr, MS CCC-SLP, CIM

Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI is a certified speech-language pathologist and infant massage instructor. She has practiced speech-language pathology since 1980 and has been a feeding therapist since 1983. Her experiences include teaching graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education courses; working with children and adults who exhibit a variety of speech, language, feeding, and swallowing disorders; and publishing/presenting information on oral sensory-motor function, assessment, and treatment. She is the author of the textbook Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages (Allyn & Bacon, 2001). She has also written a book for parents and professionals entitled Nobody Ever Told me (or my mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development (Sensory World, 2010).