An Evaluative Interdisciplinary Model for Predicting Primary Sources of Pediatric Feeding Challenges

April 13, 2023 12:15 pm

Presentation Summary

During this talk, we will outline our evaluative interdisciplinary model based on the World Health Organization Framework for Pediatric Feeding Disorder. Using a case study, we will present our model to learners so they can experience how visual representation supports organization for individualized and equitable feeding and swallowing evaluation.

Learning Objective

Examine the convergence of sensory, behavior, development, psychosocial, and medical factors in pediatric feeding.

Speakers

  • Cassaundra Corbett Miller

    Cassaundra Corbett Miller EdD, CCC-SLP

    Cassaundra Corbett Miller began her career in subacute rehabilitation with a focus on pediatric and pulmonary patients. Next, she spent 10 years providing in-home feeding and language intervention to infants and toddlers through the West Virginia Birth to Three Program. Currently, Cassaundra serves as the speech language pathologist and Clinic Director for the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities Feeding & Swallowing Clinic. The interdisciplinary clinic serves rural patients and their families from across the state of West Virginia and also utilizes a one-on-one coaching model to increase knowledge of feeding assessment and intervention in providers across the state. She is also a clinical supervisor for speech pathology graduate students, an instructor for graduate and undergraduate Disability Studies coursework within the WVU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and serves as Program Manager for the West Virginia Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program. The WV LEND Program prepares graduate students, self-advocates, and family members of individuals with disabilities to become leaders and advocates in the field of disabilities. She is a guest lecturer for the WVU Country Roads Program. Country Roads provides a two-year on-campus experience for non-degree seeking students with disabilities to build independent life skills. Cassaundra’s clinical practice and research focus includes rural telehealth access and pediatric feeding and swallowing in children with special health care needs.

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  • Amy Burt

    Amy Kurowski-Burt EdD, MOT, OTR/L

    Amy Burt serves as the program director for the West Virginia University School Medicine Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree program. She is an associate professor in the Occupational Therapy Department and serves as the occupational therapist for the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities Feeding and Swallowing Clinic. Amy has been awarded two institution-wide teaching awards and has been inducted into the WVU Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She was part of an interprofessional education team that was awarded the Go First Award, which recognizes positive outcomes that enhance the missions of the Health Sciences Center through implementation of innovations or quality improvement measures. Her clinical practice focuses on pediatrics, including autism and feeding challenges, sensory differences, and the visual system. Amy is also a faculty member for the WVU Country Roads Program. Country Roads brings non degree seeking students with disabilities onto the WVU Campus for a two-year program designed to maximize independence, career training, and socialization. In addition, she supervises graduate student research projects, serves as a mentor for the Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, and is a clinical preceptor for graduate fieldwork students.

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