Conducting Pediatric Feeding Assessments via Telepractice – Reliability, Practical Considerations and Satisfaction

April 29, 2021 10:30 am

This session will present a body of research focused on investigating the feasibility and reliability of pediatric feeding assessments conducted via telepractice. Key learnings and practical considerations for clinicians will be discussed.
Background: The use of telepractice to provide pediatric feeding services has previously been suggested as one potential model to improve access to pediatric feeding care. The use of telepractice has become essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, with clinician interest in and use of telepractice at an all-time high. However, many clinicians have raised concerns regarding the feasibility and reliability of pediatric feeding assessments conducted via telepractice (particularly for infants/children with dysphagia). Limited research evidence in this area is often cited as a particular concern by clinicians. The current study aimed to (1) develop the system architecture required to conduct pediatric feeding assessments via telepractice, and (2) investigate the feasibility and reliability of this model. Secondary aims were to investigate clinician and family satisfaction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to summarize key modifications for offering pediatric feeding assessments via telepractice
  • Be able to describe the reliability of offering pediatric feeding assessments via telepractice


  • Madeline Raatz (BSpPath)

    Madeline is a speech pathologist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (Brisbane, Australia) and is also completing her PhD at the University of Queensland. Madeline has both clinical and research experience providing paediatric feeding services via telepractice. Her PhD, supervised by Professor Liz Ward and Dr. Jeanne Marshall, aims to investigate the reliability of using telepractice to provide paediatric feeding assessments.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Queensland Health; Receives grants from Children’s Hospital Foundation

    Nonfinancial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

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