Age-Appropriate Feeding: The Most Important Aspect in Pediatric Feeding Disorder

April 29, 2021 1:00 pm

Age appropriate feeding skills and expectations is the benchmark for making a diagnosis of PFD. This presentation will explore the current state of literature for age appropriate oral feeding skills, texture progression, and concurrent developmental processes that support age specific performance. New findings for oral feeding skill acquisition and texture progression will be presented for clinical consideration to measure delays and treatment progress.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand current criteria for age-appropriate feeding expectations
  • Utilize current evidence in age expectations in diagnostic criteria of PFD


  • Amy Delaney, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Dr. Delaney is an Assistant Professor in Speech-Pathology & Audiology at Marquette University. She is the Director of the Neurodevelopmental Feeding and Swallowing Lab focusing on the identification of a norm-reference for feeding development to establish diagnostic criteria and assessment tools for the early and accurate diagnosis of pediatric feeding disorder. Dr. Delaney worked at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for 20 years in advanced diagnostics and intervention pediatric dysphagia in medically complex children.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Marquette University; Received a speaking fee from Happy Family Organics

    Nonfinancial Disclosures: Serves as the education pillar chair for Feeding Matters; Member of ASHA; Serves on the annual conference planning committee for ASHA

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