Oral Function: Assessment and Comprehensive Care for the Pre-Crawling Infant
Presented by Michelle Emanuel and Melissa Cole

Workshop Summary:

This two-day intensive workshop is designed for health professionals involved in the care of the pre-crawling infant. The course is designed to enhance the care provider’s understanding, assessment and management of oral function issues as they impact infant feeding and development. We will have case studies, hands-on learning opportunities, live dyads, discussion time, and more. Melissa and Michelle will help you level-up your assessment and clinical care techniques when it comes to supporting babies coping with compromised oral function and complex feeding challenges.

Who should attend?

Any provider that wishes to become a more skilled clinician when working with pre-crawling infants! Body workers, lactation consultants, pediatricians, physical/occupational therapists, nurses, registered dieticians, speech-language pathologists, and any care team member working with pre-crawling infants should consider attending. IBLCE continuing education credits will be applied for.

Presenters’ bios:

Melissa Cole MS, IBCLC is a board-certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional and clinical herbalist in private practice. Melissa is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health professionals. She enjoys researching and writing, especially on topics such tongue tie and botanical medicine.

Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L is an Occupational therapist specializing in neurodevelopment, manual therapy and autonomic nervous system regulation for the precrawling baby. She teaches several professional classes and has developed a curriculum for making tummy time enjoyable and therapeutic for babies and families. Her expertise in oral motor has developed by assessing and treatment babies in the NICU and outpatient arenas.

Note: 12 CERPS (CEUs) will be applied for through IBLCE. Many professional organizations accept IBLCE CEUs. In the past chiropractors, naturopaths, midwives, etc have been able to use our IBLCE-granted CEUs. Please check with your organization to see if you can count IBLCE CEUs towards your own continuing education credits and let us know if you have any questions.

Upcoming Workshops: 

Dates pending. We have decided not to choose an exact rescheduling date until we know more about the safety of such rescheduling options.  We will keep any current and future registrants in the loop as we make these decisions.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Cost: $500 USD, early bird $450 USD (buffet lunch provided both days, 12 IBLCE CERPS included)


Midwest Dental Supply

2429 109th Street

Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Maximum Attendees: 50 (register early!)


Questions:  oralfunctionworkshops@gmail.com


Cancellation and Refund Policy – A full refund (minus paypal fees) will be provided if cancellation is requested before 30 days of the event. If you need to cancel your registration within 14-30 days of the event, we will refund you 50% of your registration. Refunds will not be provided if cancellation occurs 0-14 prior to the event. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact us ASAP to discuss options.

If the workshop has been cancelled or rescheduled due to COVID-19, no refund can be issued at this time. A future class credit will be offered, and some classes will be offered in online formats in the future.

Families and Babies – We are committed to providing a conducive learning environment for all attendees. Quiet infants in arms and non-separating children are welcome. Please be respectful to other attendees and step out of the room to meet your child’s needs if noise is a concern. Most workshop locations have a separate space for parenting/milk expression needs, please ask us if you need certain accommodations.


  • I love how you integrate calmness and energy into consults.

    Workshop Participant
  • Feels like yin and yang. East and west cultures blend together.

    Workshop Participant
  • This class was amazing! Michelle and Melissa were extremely knowledgeable and I am so glad I took this class. I will be taking more classes from Michelle and Melissa in the future!

    Workshop Participant
  • You are both really amazing. I loved your message and your delivery. The workshop felt motivating and invigorating.

    Workshop Participant
  • This was amazing! Fabulous location, speakers and content. I will be coming to future trainings you both offer for sure!

    Workshop Participant
  • I am very happy with everything I am taking away from this weekend. Some of what was discussed confirms what I have been doing and seeing in my practice.

    Workshop Participant
  • Really appreciate all you’ve both done to create this workshop. I absolutely love the combination.

    Workshop Participant