Pediatric feeding is a scary area of practice for many pediatric SLPs. Yet as many as 90% of children with autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy may present with clinically significant feeding problems—not to mention children with complex medical histories and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. The world of pediatric feeding is a smorgasbord of different terminology, acronyms, therapeutic approaches and philosophies, and overlapping scopes of practice.
In this presentation, we will review some of the theoretical underpinnings of feeding problems in normal development, and in pediatric feeding disorders, with a particular focus on children aged from six months to six years. We will discuss similarities and differences between popular therapeutic approaches, and address how clinicians can select assessment and therapy tools that are consistent with scientific evidence and likely to be effective for your clients.
ASHA: 0.2, Intermediate
CA SLPAHB: 2.0
Dr. Katherine Sanchez is an Australian SLP whose clinical and research experience has focused on feeding and communication in children from 0-6 years of age. She has multiple peer-reviewed publications in pediatric and SLP journals, and has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally on topics related to preterm birth, and pediatric feeding. She co-owns a private speech pathology practice, edits and writes for a website that translates research for clinical SLPs, and is a postdoctoral researcher, and regular guest academic.
- Use correct current terminology to describe and diagnose issues in pediatric feeding
- Discuss the bases of pediatric feeding problems in young children
- Identify at least three different therapeutic approaches to address pediatric feeding disorders in young children
This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.
Financial— Will receive a speaking fee from the Lavi Institute/Power Up Conference.
Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
5 mins – Disclosures, Introduction
25 mins – Review of popular therapeutic approaches
50 mins – Methodology
30 mins – Results and Recommendations
10 mins – Q&A