What is a Jaw Rehabilitation Program?

What is a Jaw Rehabilitation Program?

21 July 2018 Admin General Media

The Jaw Rehabilitation Program is a patented step-by-step series of goals and objectives designed to develop biting and chewing skills. The Jaw Rehabilitation Program offers a sequenced progression of treatment exercises to initiate and strengthen mandibular function, which is vital for development of chewing skill. The Jaw Rehabilitation Program highlights the use of Chewy Tubes oral motor tools.

What are the main purposes of Jaw Rehabilitation Program?

There are three main objectives of Jaw Rehabilitation Program.

  • To initiate appropriate pre-biting mandibular movement in response to oral tactile stimulation.
  • To develop these movement into functional, rhythmical patterns of jaw movement.
  • To refine and strengthen these functional movement patterns through a series of treatment activities.

How many levels of treatment are there?

The Jaw Rehabilitation Program includes seven levels of treatment. Each level of treatment has Two long-term goals and these goals are further segmented into several short-term objectives that lay foundation for the successful outcome of the long-term goal.

  • Levels I & II These levels focus on the development of precondition sensory and motor skills required for mastication behaviour.
  • Levels III & IV Level three and four focus on the development of preliminary motor patterns of repetitive vertical jaw movement progressively building on these skills toward higher level abilities.
  • Levels V, VI & VII Level five, six and seven focus on the development of more mature patterns of extended rhythmical and repetitive excursion & closure biting motion.

What kind of patients can be benefitted from the Jaw Rehabilitation Program?

Patients who are suffering from the following conditions:

  • Autism
  • Cleft Palate
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Dyspraxia
  • Neuromuscular Disorders

And also adults who have encountered –

Strokes Dysarthria

The Jaw Rehabilitation Program is used effectively with patients:

Who have delayed development of oral motor function for biting and chewing skills

  • To co-ordinate vertical movement of the jaw with placement of the bolus laterally
  • To develop symmetrical and repetitive mandibular function for mastication of firmer textures
  • To help transition from enteral feeding to oral feeding

What is the Jaw Assessment Form?

The Jaw Assessment Form provides a comprehensive guide on how to document a patient’s pre- and post-treatment level of function. Following are the components of the Jaw Assessment form:

  • Structural integrity
  • Range of motion
  • Dentition/alignment
  • Functional movement
  • Quality of motion
  • Food texture

What are step-by-step series of oral motor treatment goals and objectives?


  • To develop sufficient chewing/biting ability and safe swallowing of a bolus.
  • To prevent danger of choking, blockage of the airway.
  • To develop oral motor function for improved oral hygiene such as management of saliva.


  • To initiate pre-biting mandibular movement in response to tactile stimulation.
  • To develop repetitive jaw excursion and closure skill.
  • To improve and enhance rhythmical vertical biting motion.

When Used:

  • Shifting patients from gastrostomy feeding tube to oral feeding.
  • Shifting patients from pureed diet to soft mechanical bolus.
  • Teaching patients the up/down pattern of jaw movement (pre-biting skill).
  • Increasing number of up/down cycles of jaw motion.
  • To reinforce insufficient muscle function for chewing/biting.

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