(763) 595-0812

11140 Highway 55, Suite C, Plymouth, MN 55441 View Location

Kaye Koelker Baumgardner, M.S., CCC-SLP, COM

Areas of Expertise: My expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of these disorders: Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD), medically based feeding disorders from infancy through teenage years, dysphagia, apraxia, dysarthria, muscle-based oral motor difficulties impacting feeding and articulation disorders. I work with infants who have difficulties breast or bottle feeding due to a variety of reasons which include a restricted lingual frenum (i.e. tongue or lip tie), disorganization, poor tongue movement, weak posterior cheek muscles, and more. I also work with adults who have Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders.

Education / Certification: I graduated from Illinois State University in 1994 with a Master’s Degree in Speech & Language Pathology. I hold my certificate of clinical competency through the American Speech Language Hearing Association and am licensed in the state of Minnesota.

I am a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COMTM) and an active member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (I.A.O.M.). I hold the level 4 Talk Tools Certification since 2004 and am a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group Division 5 on Speech, Speech Science, and Orofacial Disorders.

Membership and Professional Activities: I am a member of these groups and associations: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA), National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), Down Syndrome Association of MN (DSAM), Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA), and American Academy of Private Practice Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (AAPPSPA).
I speak regularly at local parent groups and regional conferences on Down syndrome and have had two publications in the Newsletter of the National Down Syndrome Congress.

Specialized Training: I have received five ACE Awards from ASHA for lifelong learning. I have years of experience evaluating and working with infants who have difficulty breast or bottle feeding due to tongue and lip tie, and with children who have muscle-based and sensory-based feeding disorders.

I have attended many continuing education courses over the past twenty two years. My favorites have been these courses by: 1) Rona Alexander, PhD SLP: Handling the Baby, Rib Cage, and Feeding Courses; 2) Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L: Get Permission Approach to Sensory Mealtime Challenges; 3) Susanne Evans Morris: Mealtime Partner; and 4) Lois Laynee: Restorative Breathing; Food Chaining, and Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders.