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Fundamentals of Feeding Assessment and Therapy

  • Sat, January 05, 2013
  • Connection Therapy Crist Board Room Univ. of MD

This 6-hour presentation orients new therapists to the basic procedures of evaluating and treating feeding in pediatric patients in the home health setting. This course will cover the steps of performing a Feeding Assessment including: History Taking, Oral Mechanism Evaluation, Feeding Skills, Writing a Diagnostic Statement, and Making Appropriate Recommendations. Foundational concepts and techniques for treating Sensory-based, Motor-based, Structurally-based, Experientially-based, and Oral vs. Pharyngeal feeding difficulties will be presented. A list of recommended items and resources for a Basic Feeding Kit will also be offered.

Jennifer Meyer, M.A. CCC-SLP has over 20 years experience specializing in pediatric oral motor, speech, and feeding disorders. She is a popular national speaker and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. Jennifer has worked in many Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developed an outpatient hospital-based feeding program and served as an Oral Motor/ Feeding Consultant for Early Childhood Intervention Programs. In her role as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University she taught Neurology, Language Development, and Dysphagia courses both on campus and online. She developed and served as the Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE). She is currently consulting with several Home Health companies in the Dallas-Ft., Worth area, including mentoring more than 150 therapists and assisting in the development of a High-Risk Infant program.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to::

  • Outline the 5 major areas to address in Pediatric Feeding Assessment.
  • Demonstrate techniques for assessment and treatment of sensorimotor capabilities in pediatric patients.
  • Explain the rationale in prioritizing areas to address in treatment.
  • Discuss ways to facilitate carryover of therapeutic techniques in the home setting.

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