Marjorie Meyer Palmer, M.A., CCC-SLP. Speech Pathologist. Pediatric Feeding Specialist
Marjorie Meyer Palmer, M.A., is a Speech Pathologist, Pediatric Feeding Specialist and consultant to a number of San Francisco area intensive care nurseries. Certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Ms. Palmer has published and lectured throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East on neonatal feeding disorders, sensory versus motor aspects of oral feeding and weaning from tube to oral feeds. She is the author of the NOMAS® (Neonatal Oral-Motor Assessment Scale) and she conducts quarterly courses at her training sites for certification in the administration and scoring of the NOMAS®. She also teaches the certification course at client training sites, by invitation. Ms. Palmer was Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine from 1988 to 2005 and at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, from 1979 to 1984. She is author of the "Palmer Protocol for Sensory-Based Weaning" and is certified in the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) for dysfunctional swallow (dysphagia) with pediatric patients.

Publications / References
  • Feeding in the NICU
    Effective SLP Interventions for Children With Cerebral Palsy. Plural Publishing, 2014, Ch. 5, Pgs. 131-163.
  • Developmental continuum of Neonatal Sucking Performance Based on the NOMAS
    Developmental Observer, 2015, Volume 8, No. 1, Pages 11-15.
  • A Pilot Study of Oral Motor Dysfunction in "At-Risk" Infants
    Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Vol 5(4) Winter 1985/1986
  • A Closer Look at Neonatal Sucking
    Neonatal Network March 1998, Vol. 17, No. 2
  • Identification and Management of the Transitional Suck Pattern in Premature Infants
    Journal of Prenatal and Neonatal Nursing, 1993, Vol. 7, No. 1, P. 66–75
  • The Neonatal Oral-Motor Assessment Scale: A Reliability Study
    Journal of Perintology, 1983 Vol. 13, No. 1, p. 28–35
  • Assessment and Treatment of Sensory-Versus Motor-Based feeding Problems in Very Young Children
    Infants and Young Children, October 1993
  • Ready, Get Set, Grow
    Parenting, February 1995
  • The Effects of Sensory-Based Treatment of Drooling in Children: A Preliminary Study
    Physical Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 1998 Vol. 18(3/4)
  • Weaning from Gastrostomy Tube Feeding: Commentary on Oral Aversion
    Pediatric Nursing, Sept.–Oct. 1998 Vol. 23, No. 5
  • Recognizing and Resolving Infant Suck Difficulties
    Journal of Human Lactation, 2002 Vol. 18(2)
  • Developmental Outcome for Neonates with Dysfunctional and Disorganized Sucking Patterns: Preliminary Findings
    Infant-Toddler Intervention, the Transdisciplinary Journal, 1999 Vol. 9, No. 3, p.299–308
  • Approach to Sensory-Based Feeding Disorders
    Pediatric Feeding Disorders 2012 (pp. 277-297). Framingham, MA: Therapro Inc.
  • Weaning from Tube Feeding using the Palmer Procotol
    Pediatric Feeding Disorders 2012 (pp. 233-256). Framingham, MA: Therapro Inc.