Management of Pediatric Feeding Disorders in an Under-Resourced Community: Evidence from Sri Lanka

April 21, 2022 3:45 pm

The presentation will majorly focus on a collective of research that was undertaken in Sri Lanka to improve the quality of clinical care offered for children with feeding disorders in Sri Lanka. The presenter will provide a basic overview of the Sri Lankan clinical context and the history of development of services for pediatric feeding disorders to set up the picture. Later, the focus will be on a few key research projects conducted in the recent past, which have significantly improved the evidence-based practice for clinicians working with pediatric feeding disorders in Sri Lanka. Challenges and strengths of working in a middle-income country and facing the COVID-19 era with more obstacles will be shared with the audience in terms of both clinical and research aspects. Finally, the presentation will highlight reflections of the lived experience of clinicians in Sri Lankan settings and offer some strategies to overcome the challenges to clinicians working in similar settings.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  • Briefly describe the process of speech-language therapy management of pediatric feeding disorders
  • Explain the challenges and strengths of working on pediatric feeding disorders in an under-resourced setting
  • Describe strategies to overcome the challenges to offer optimal care for children with feeding disorders


  • Isuru Dharmarathna, PhD, BSc(Hons) (SL)

    Isuru Dharmarathna received her doctorate at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a currently works as a lecturer in speech-language pathology at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Her doctoral research on ‘profiling objective quantitative videofluoroscopic measures of swallowing in children’ has been published and recognised widely internationally for its contribution and the session is based on how objective swallow measures of infants can be obtained in under-resourced clinical contexts.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Avati, National Centre for Children with Disabilities and University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka; Received an honorarium from Feeding Matters.​
    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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