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Join physicians and healthcare professionals from around the world in Glendale, AZ for the 6th International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference. In addition to the robust daily agenda, in-person attendees will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and a wide range of exhibitors focused on pediatric feeding.

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Pediatric Feeding Disorder: 2019 Update

Jaime Phalen, MD, FAAP; Colleen Lukens, PhD

Pediatric feeding disorders lack a universally accepted definition. Our consensus paper proposes a unifying diagnostic term, “pediatric feeding disorder” encompassing medical, nutrition, feeding skill, and psychosocial domains.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the symptoms and proposed diagnostic criteria for PFD
  • List the four domains that underline PFD
  • Name key team players involved in optimal care of children who have PFD


What is New in Motility Disorders?

Carlo di Lorenzo, MD

Motility problems are highly prevalent and may present with many different symptoms, including vomiting, food refusal and abdominal distension. There will be a discussion of advantages and limitations of different testing modalities for motility problems. The final part of the lecture will focus on treatment strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the behavioral and physiological components of gastrointestinal motility disorders
  • Develop an evidence based evaluation and treatment approach to children with frequent vomiting
  • Explain the medical and nonmedical interventions available for the treatment of the most severe forms of motility disturbances




Asking the Right Questions: Ensuring Accurate Feeding Assessments

Kay Toomey Ph.D; Bethany C.F. Kortsha, MA, OTR/L; Erin Ross Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Debra Greenstein, MD; Darja Pisorn, RD, CNSC

Results of a Feeding Assessment directly guide the course of Feeding Treatment. However, if a key component of a child’s feeding difficulty is missed during the evaluation phase, treatment may be less effective. This workshop is designed to help the Feeding Practitioner ask the right questions as a part of their Feeding Evaluation. In line with the definition of pediatric feeding disorder, this workshop will use Case Studies presented by a Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, Physician and Dietitian to illustrate the importance of obtaining comprehensive information to accurately determine the possible medical reasons for a child’s feeding problem.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify several key areas which need to be assessed whenever a child has a feeding problem
  • List several critical questions that should be asked of caregivers during a feeding assessment
  • Describe how sensory processing challenges may be a skill deficit that should be considered as a part of the comprehensive assessment


Connecting Caregivers with Effective Treatment Strategies: Integrating Parenting Styles and Psychosocial Considerations into the Treatment Plan

Elizabeth Clawson, MS, Ph.D., LCP, HSPP; Parent Panel

The role of parenting style has been researched in multiple pediatric diseases (i.e., diabetes, cystic fibrosis, dental, etc.). In this presentation, the application of this construct will focus on pediatric feeding disorders. The child’s family is an important part of the treatment team. The impact of parenting style on intervention approaches and adherence will be discussed. Cultural and socioeconomic considerations are also important factors to developing an effective treatment plan. Problem solving challenges throughout the intervention process will lead to improved outcomes as well as long term functional eating success for the child and family.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define parenting styles and how these may be displayed in the realm of pediatric feeding disorder
  • Describe how cultural and socioeconomic considerations can impact the parenting approach
  • Identify best ways to problem solve family challenges to establish a functional treatment plan


Eosinophilic Esophagitis- a Disease Related to Chronic Feeding Problems: Approaches to Diagnosis, Treatment and Follow Up.

Glenn T. Furuta, MD; Holly Knotowicz, M.S., CCC-SLP

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic, previously unrecognized problem that causes a large range of commonplace eating problems. In order to increase awareness and improve approaches to treatment, a pediatric gastroenterologist and feeding specialist will discuss symptoms related to eating, rationale for the development of symptom complexes, approaches to caring acutely and chronically for feeding dysfunction and follow up.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify feeding concerns that correlate to the diagnosis of EoE
  • Describe compensatory strategies commonly used to help children with EoE eat more comfortably and increase their variety and volume of intake
  • Summarize common approaches to treatment of EoE


Expanding the Reach: Exploring Telehealth Use with PFD

Chrissy Vogeley; Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A. CCC-SLP; Carol Elliot, B.S., OTR/L

With the exponential growth of telehealth, an increasing number of clinicians are considering incorporating telehealth into their practice in order to expand their reach. This is an exciting time for telepractice/telehealth and those who are interested in expanding their services. Telepractice can meet the needs of a diverse group of clients, help grow a private practice, and allow underserved clients to receive needed services who might not otherwise be able to travel to a clinic or hospital to receive services. Knowledge about the provision of telehealth/telepractice services is imperative before starting a new service modality. This session will provide an overview of how to provide quality, ethical services to individuals with pediatric feeding disorders, as well as an understanding of the basics for providing these services including licensure, reimbursement, basic components for starting telepractice and, the practical application of services to pediatric feeding clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe licensure policies for clinicians providing services via telehealth
  • List billing and reimbursement resources for telepractice
  • Identify basic components of telehealth platforms
  • Identify practical applications in pediatric feeding in a telehealth/telepractice setting


Exploring How Tongue Tie Ties into Feeding Disorder

Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP

In this session, the hot topic of tongue tie will be discussed and its impact on pediatric feeding disorder. Professionals will gain awareness of evidence-based information regarding this topic to discern myth from facts. This information will assist professionals in evaluating for tongue tie, educating patients/health professionals on tongue tie and executing a treatment plan for feeding disorders in the presence of tongue tie.

Learning Objectives:

  • Operationally define tongue tie.
  • List signs and symptoms of feeding disorders impacted by tongue tie
  • Cite current research regarding tongue tie and pediatric feeding disorder


Feeding Teams: Challenges for Collaboration Across Disciplines

Joan Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow

Teams are critical for optimal decision-making that involves caregivers and infants/children with swallowing and pediatric feeding disorder. In order to provide the best evidence based evaluation and intervention, professionals collaborate through varied types of teams. There are multiple avenues to accomplish coordinated care for these high-risk children and their families. Resources vary within and across facilities in the U.S. and throughout the world. Exploration of possible means to meet these challenges will be discussed in problem solving approaches with participants actively sharing questions and experiences. Opportunities for facilitating improved collaboration across all possible types of teams will allow participants to make collaborative efforts to enhance the coordinated care in their local environments.

Learning Objectives:

  • State 3 types of collaboration with advantages & disadvantages
  • Describe 3 processes for determining optimal collaboration in varied settings
  • Delineate 3 strategies for involving parents as primary participants in collaboration


Interdisciplinary Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorder: A Roundtable Discussion with the Experts

Moderator: Barbara McElhanon, MD; Amy Reed, MS, RD, CSP, LD; Carlo di Lorenzo, MD; Pamela Dodrill, PhD, CCC-SLP; Alan Silverman, PhD

Pediatric feeding disorder is complex, requiring interdisciplinary assessment and treatment methods. Etiology of this disorder is often mixed and may include medical, nutritional, skills and safety concerns, and psychological and behavioral concerns. In this session a roundtable discussion group with a panel of experts will address issues related to diagnosis, treatment, and interdisciplinary team management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the program evaluation results of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Interprofessional Feeding Group
  • Apply the program’s mealtime strategies that have proven to be effective in addressing food restrictive behavior
  • Illustrate methods for managing extensive waitlists for children with feeding challenges


Guiding Families and Infants as they Develop Early Feeding Patterns

Suzanne Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN

When feeding is challenging for a baby in the NICU, moving beyond the NICU becomes a delicate time for families who now assume the central role in feeding their infants. The skills families need post discharge from the NICU are complex. In this presentation, I will describe the early development of feeding problems and the need to feed infants within their capacity to eat from the very beginning. I will show how protecting infants from the need to disengage or withdraw from feeding means we need to understand their individual skill level and trust their response to feeding. I will demonstrate how guiding families to become central in feeding their babies requires having them practice the skills to be learned. I will also describe how discovering babies’ skills and feeding within their limits best guides our care using a family-integrated feeding model of care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the program evaluation results of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Interprofessional Feeding Group
  • Apply the program’s mealtime strategies that have proven to be effective in addressing food restrictive behavior
  • Illustrate methods for managing extensive waitlists for children with feeding challenges
  • Explain how to work within an infants’ zone of feeding skill development to avoid feeding aversions
  • Identify the skills families need to guide their infant’s feeding
  • Describe how to support parents in becoming central in feeding their infants before discharge from the NICU


Intensive Feeding Therapy: Evaluating Patient Readiness and Creating an Individualized Treatment Strategy (Panel)

Moderator, Praveen Goday, MD; Mary Beth Feuling, CD, CSP, MS, RD; Dana Williams, MD; Michelle Mastin, Ph.D; Carol Elliot, B.S, OTR/L

Children need to be assessed for their readiness to enter into an intensive program. Considerations have to be given to all four domains – medical, nutrition, feeding skills and psychosocial. Each of the four speakers will introduce their thoughts about readiness for an intensive program. The rest of the session will be devoted to answering questions posed by the real and virtual audience. Don’t forget to submit questions in advance!

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize who is and who is not a good candidate for an intensive feeding program
  • Describe what we can do to get a child ready before they enter an intensive feeding program
  • Illustrate how to create a plan for a child going into an intensive feeding program


Ready, Set, Wean- Preparing the Child and Family for a G-Tube Wean

Amy Reed, MS, RD, CSP, LD

This presentation covers how a clinician can plan for a child to be prepared for a G-tube wean through adjusting the timing of feeds and how using real foods in the G-tube can help with this process. Additionally, leanrers will explore the appropriate setting and pace for a safe G-tube wean.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify 2 interventions that can be made by a clinician before a G-tube wean is started
  • Name setting for weaning to commence
  • Describe nutrition related risks associated with a wean from nutrition by tube to oral intake
  • Outline what defines a healthy pace of a g-tube wean


Tu-be or not to tu-be, that is the question

Praveen Goday, MD

This session will focus on specific temporary and permanent enteral tubes in children with pediatric feeding disorder. The presenter will discuss the latest evidence in the role of various formulas and foods for use via tubes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the appropriate use of specific temporary and permanent enteral tubes in children with pediatric feeding disorder
  • List the role of various formulas and foods for use via tubes for feeding children with pediatric feeding disorder


What’s the Food Got to do With it: An Interprofessional Approach for the Reluctant Feeder

Chantal Lessard, M.S ScC, reg CASLPO; Carrie Owen, Bsc, OT;

The presentation will outline the effectiveness of an interprofessional approach for expanding children’s food choices and review parent’s perceptions of a group approach. The impact an interprofessional group approach has on waitlist and practical strategies for addressing food restrictive behaviors will be introduced.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the program evaluation results of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Interprofessional Feeding Group
  • Apply the program’s mealtime strategies that have proven to be effective in addressing food restrictive behavior
  • Illustrate methods for managing extensive waitlists for children with feeding challenges


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