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Research Article  |   November 1981
Behaviorial Assessment Scale of Oral Functions in Feeding
Author Affiliations
  • Margaret Stratton, OTR, is Occupational Therapy Coordinator, J.N. Adam Developmental Center, Perrysburg, New York
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   November 1981
Behaviorial Assessment Scale of Oral Functions in Feeding
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1981, Vol. 35, 719-721. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.11.719
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1981, Vol. 35, 719-721. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.11.719
Abstract

When implementing therapeutic feeding programs for the multiply-handicapped developmentally disabled, it is imperative to establish a specific baseline of observable oral movement upon which management and change can be measured. The assessment reported provides an objective and graded method of documenting the major aspects of oral function in relation to feeding difficulties. It is designed to be used in conjunction with an assessment of overall muscle tone and body patterns and an evaluation of specific oral structures and deviations that might interfere with eating.