Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Evidence-Based Intervention for Toddlers with Sensorimotor Feeding Disorders

Redle, E. E. (2012).
EBP Briefs, 7(4), 1-13.
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Article Quality Ratings

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Indicators of Review Quality

  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • No Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
  • Yes Quality assessments are reproducible.
  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

Quality Rating Notes

Search Strategy: The date range of the systematic search was not included.

Article Details


This is a systematic review of the peer-reviewed literature investigating oral sensorimotor interventions in toddlers with feeding delays.

Questions/Aims Addressed

"For toddlers (12 to 30 months old) with feeding disorders characterized by oral-motor deficits and limited texture acceptance, would an intervention that specifically included at least one sensory component (e.g., tactile, proprioception) in addition to an oral-motor component be more effective than only oral-motor intervention for improving feeding skills, as measured by oral motor skill development and advanced texture acceptance?" (pp. 1-2).


Toddlers with feeding disorders


Oral-motor or oral sensorimotor interventions

Number of Studies Included


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Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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A direct comparison of the two interventions (i.e., oral motor alone versus a combination of sensory and oral motor treatment) was difficult given that the treatments examined in the included empirical studies had both a sensory and motor component. Currently, better evidence is available for treatments combining oral motor and sensory interventions in this specific population. 

Keywords: Oral Motor Treatments, Sensory Stimulation, Early Intervention

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