Improving Access to Care Through an Interdisciplinary Feeding Group for Caregivers

April 14, 2023 1:15 pm

Presentation Summary

This presentation will discuss a virtual caregiver group approach to help support families and their children with feeding difficulties. Topics to be presented include a review of group structure and content, lessons learned, and future considerations. Group participant perspectives will also be shared, including caregiver impressions and feedback.

Learning Objectives

  1. List 2 caregiver group topics to support families and their children with feeding difficulties
  2. Identify 1 barrier to group participation and 1 strategy to support participation
  3. Identify 1 positive outcome of group participation as reported by caregiver participants


  • Sonia Trejo

    Sonia Trejo OTD, OTR/L, SWC

    Sonia Trejo is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. She is a bilingual, licensed pediatric occupational therapist and the coordinator of an interdisciplinary feeding assessment clinic within a specialty mental health program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She specializes in working with children with feeding challenges and enjoys educating and collaborating with professionals and families alike to best support a child (and their family) in their eating journey. Sonia received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degrees from the University of Southern California. She also has her Advanced Practice in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation, and Intervention in California.

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  • Vasni Briones

    Vasni Briones MA, LCSW

    Vasni Y. Briones is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Southern California (USC) with an emphasis in children, youth and families. Vasni has over 10 years of experience working with children and families. She currently works with the Child and Family division of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)/University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC-UCEDD). Vasni has developed a special interest in working with children and their families that need feeding related support. Since then, she has collaborated with other disciplines, including occupational therapists, in individual, group, and collateral formats to support children with feeding difficulties.

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