Assessment Oral motor Scale for Children

Oral motor scale for children under 39 months

Single Movements

Each item was scored on the following scale, and the scores were totalled:

  • 0 – No Attempt
  • 1 – Attempted
  • 2 – Completed Successfully
  1. Open the mouth wide (copy a puppet)
  2. Turn down the corners of the lips (frowning – copy the experimenter)
  3. Close the lips tightly together (copy puppet)
  4. Stretch the lips wide (smiling – copy experimenter)
  5. Blow the cheeks out (copy experimenter)
  6. Stick the tongue out (copy puppet)
  7. Bring the front teeth together (biting a plastic baby spoon)
  8. Make the lips round and blow, child is scored on ability to make the round shape and  control the blowing (blowing soap bubbles using commercial or home-made toy)
  9. Kissing (place flavoured lip salve and press lips together over a piece of flexible clear plastic – both lips should make a mark on the plastic)
  10. Place honey on lips and lick off (use other sticky food if necessary – copy experimenter  and lick sideways, not just moving tongue in and out)


  • Numbers 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 are classified as complex movements (requiring more than one set  of muscles).

Repeated Movements

For all tests: the experimenter starts slowly and then speeds up. The movements were timed using   the slow playback (frame by frame) function of a video editing machine but the maximum time  of 10 seconds for each set was also timed using a stop watch, during the testing session. If  the child stops or slows down before 10 seconds were over they were encouraged to continue but         the period of continuous repetition was counted even if this was less than 10 seconds.

Either a puppet or the experimenter’s demonstration was used for all of the repetition tasks,   which were as follows:

  1. Open and close the mouth repeatedly
  2. Stick the tongue out and in repeatedly
  3. Make an “ah” sound in the throat repeatedly
  4. Alternating Movements: open the mouth, then stick the tongue out, then close the mouth

Each item was scored:

  • 0 = No attempt
  • 1 = Any Attempt
  • 2 = Completes for 10sec

In addition the total number of correct movements in the total time used, or 10 seconds (whichever  is shorter), the total number of completed plus attempted movements in the same time (all movements), and the time used, were all noted. From these was calculated the rate of performing correct  movements, the rate of performing all movements, and the ratio of correct to all movements.

source:  Katie Alcock . The development of oral motor control and language.

supported by

PICKY EATERS CLINIC Klinik Khusus Kesulitan Makan Pada Anak dan GROW UP CLINIC Klinik Khusus Gangguan Pertumbuhan Berat Badan Anak Yudhasmara Foundation email :

WORKING TOGETHER FOR STRONGER, HEALTHIER AND SMARTER CHILDREN BY EDUCATION, CLINICAL INTERVENTION, RESEARCH AND NETWORKING INFORMATION. Advancing of the future pediatric and future parenting to optimalized physical, mental and social health and well being for fetal, newborn, infant, children, adolescents and young adult


  • CHILDREN GROW UP CLINIC I, JL Taman Bendungan Asahan 5 Bendungan Hilir Jakarta Pusat 10210 Phone : 5703646 – 44466102
  • CHILDREN GROW UP CLINIC II,  MENTENG SQUARE Jl Matraman 30 Jakarta Pusat 10430 Phone 44466103 – 97730777


  • Dr Narulita Dewi SpKFR, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Dr Widodo Judarwanto SpA, Pediatrician
  • Fisioterapis

Clinical – Editor in Chief :

Dr WIDODO JUDARWANTO, pediatrician

Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a medical or health condition. You should carefully read all product packaging. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider

Copyright © 2012, Picky Eaters and Grow Up Clinic, Information Education Network. All rights reserved


Tinggalkan Balasan

Isikan data di bawah atau klik salah satu ikon untuk log in:


You are commenting using your account. Logout / Ubah )

Gambar Twitter

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Logout / Ubah )

Foto Facebook

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Logout / Ubah )

Foto Google+

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Logout / Ubah )

Connecting to %s