Managing Feeding Issues in Early Intervention

Mark Strait

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ASHA Course Number: ACEF0459
Course Credits: 0.35 (3 and 1/2 hours) at the Intermediate level, Professional Area

Feeding problems in early childhood can have many different, interrelated causes and can have a profound impact on a child and family’s quality of life. This workshop will review developmental feeding milestones and discuss typical versus atypical feeding and swallowing skills seen in young children. The motor, GI, respiratory, sensory, and behavioral aspects of feeding will be explored and discussed. Feeding challenges commonly seen in children will be reviewed along with strategies to address the various issues. Environmental modifications, along with ways to support caregivers will be provided. Participants will also have the opportunity to review specific case studies to apply their understanding of concepts.

This workshop will review developmental feeding milestones and discuss typical versus atypical feeding and swallowing skills seen in young children.  Feeding challenges commonly seen in children with autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy will be reviewed along with strategies to address the various issues. Environmental modifications and strategies for caregiver support will be provided.

Instructor Information

Cynthia Haynes
Kimberly McGinley, M.A., CCC-SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. She has had diverse experiences as an SLP in early intervention, school-based and clinical outpatient settings and has provided therapeutic feeding support to infants, toddlers and children with a wide range of developmental abilities including children with congenital disorders, physical

Financial Disclosure: Kim has no financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Kim has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least four risk factors that contribute to children’s eating problems.
  2. Describe and discuss at least one environmental modification, including motor and sensory based strategies that support safe feeding.
  3. Provide at least two strategies for supporting the caregiver/teacher to facilitate the child’s participation in mealtime routines.

Agenda

  • 15 Minutes    Feeding Development
  • 20 Minutes    Etiology and Risk Factors
  • 30 Minutes    Feeding Issues with Specific Populations
  • 25 Minutes    Aspiration Risk Factors/Tube Feeding Discussion
  • 85 Minutes    Strategies for Intervention
  • 20 Minutes    Strategies for Caregiver Support
  • 10 Minutes    Scope of Practice and Referrals
  • 10 Minutes    Wrap up and General Questions