Feeding Therapy and Psychology Cotreatments in Children with PFD

April 14, 2023 10:45 am

Presentation Summary

This presentation will discuss an innovative, successful cotreatment model between occupational therapy and psychology. The program targets children with Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD), developmental disabilities, and who have had little success with traditional feeding therapy models. We will share patient outcomes, therapy strategies, and the importance of cross-discipline collaboration.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the potential for improved outcomes with a cotreatment feeding therapy approach for certain children with PFD
  2. Identify specific strategies for addressing feeding difficulties from both the psychologist’s and the feeding therapist’s perspective
  3. Compare and contrast the effectiveness of in-person sessions versus telehealth sessions for children with PFD and behavioral challenges


  • Jenna Mathews

    Jenna Mathews MOTR/L

    Jenna Mathews is a licensed occupational therapist and the Occupational Therapy Program Coordinator for the Swallow Disorders Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado. She is also a lactation consultant and specializes in evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing. She has been treating children with a wide range of diagnoses where eating is impacted for over seven years.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

    Non-financial Disclosures: None.

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  • Lina Patel

    Lina Patel Psy.D

    Lina Patel is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, practicing at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is the Director of the Down Syndrome Behavioral Health Collaborative, a virtual clinic providing tele behavioral health services to children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome. She provides consultation with schools, parent training regarding the management of challenging or unsafe behaviors, toilet training, and desensitization to medical devices (such as hearing aids and CPAP) and procedure-related distress. Lina has worked with hundreds of individuals with Down syndrome. Outside of her clinical work, she conducts research as the Director of Neurodevelopmental, Behavioral and Cognitive Assessment at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome. Additionally, she has presented to numerous organizations across the country and internationally and is the coauthor “Potty Time for Kids with Down Syndrome: Lose the Diapers, Not Your Patience”.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Children’s Hospital of Colorado

    Non-financial Disclosures: None.

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