From Fluid to Food: An Examination of Oral Skill Development in Children

April 22, 2022 12:00 pm

This presentation will review the developmental milestones related to chewing development. Motor development theories will be discussed. The impact of food texture on chewing development will be highlighted. This presentation will conclude with an opportunity to apply the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative framework of transitional foods for the promotion of feeding skill development in pediatric populations.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the oral reflexes that support oral skill development in infants.
  2. Explain motor development theory as it relates to chewing.
  3. Apply the IDDSI framework of transitional foods for facilitation of chewing development.


  • Memorie M. Gosa, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

    Memorie M. Gosa, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a pediatric speech-language pathologist, board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders, and associate professor and chair of the Communicative Disorders Department at The University of Alabama. She has twenty years of clinical and research experience related to pediatric feeding development and disorders. Her research focuses on exploring the reliability and validity of common assessments and treatment techniques used in the diagnosis and management of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She has published book chapters and peer-reviewed papers on these topics. She is the co-editor of the recent textbook, Assessing and Treating Dysphagia: A Lifespan Perspective and frequently presents on topics related to pediatric feeding disorder.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a a salary from University of Alabama; Received an honorarium from Feeding Matters.
    Non-Financial Disclosures: Elected member of the Council on Academic Accreditation. Editorial Board for American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

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