Progress in Pediatric Feeding Disorder: Collaborative Approach with Physical Therapy

April 14, 2023 3:00 pm

Presentation Summary

Interdisciplinary collaboration is key in providing adequate assessment and developing a treatment plan for children with PFD. This session reviews how gross motor development correlates to feeding-swallowing skills and outlines how building working relationships between SLPs and PTs can lead to improvements in prognosis prediction and overall feeding-swallowing outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 3 ways gross motor development correlates to feeding and swallowing skills
  2. Recognize 3 ways collaboration with a physical therapist can improve feeding-swallowing outcomes
  3. Review and apply newly learned knowledge/strategies from evidence-based interventions to presented case studies


  • Laura Loveless

    Laura Loveless MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

    Laura Loveless is a speech language pathologist working primarily with infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders. She practices in a variety of pediatric settings including acute care, NICU, outpatient, and group feeding therapy programs in addition to performing video fluoroscopic evaluations of swallowing. Laura is a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Her clinical interests include feeding and swallowing disorders related to a variety of diagnoses including prematurity; cleft lip/palate; cerebral palsy; genetic disorders; oral-motor disorders; as well as gastrointestinal, cardiac, and airway concerns. Laura is passionate about supporting families and assisting children in working towards achieving their potential with oral feeding.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from the Texas Children’s Hospital.

    Non-financial Disclosures: Is a volunteer on the Feeding Matters Pre-Conference Committee.

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  • Heather Greene

    Heather Greene MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, CBIS

    Heather Greene is a speech-language pathologist at Genesis Health System. She has experience working with children ages birth to 21 years of age in early intervention, NICU, inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, as well as experience completing pediatric videofluoroscopic swallow studies. Her clinical interests include pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders, acquired brain injury and tracheostomy/ventilator dependent.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from the Genesis Health System.

    Non-financial Disclosures: Is a volunteer for the Dysphagia Outreach Project and Feeding Matters.

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  • Karen Crilly

    Karen L Crilly PT, DPT, MAPT, CBIS

    Karen L Crilly is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has dedicated her professional life to forming a strong background and expertise in the assessment and treatment of infants and children with chronic and complex developmental and/or neuro-motor impairment. She possesses extensive experience in a great variety of pediatric areas, among them are pediatric outpatient, home health, early intervention, pediatric aquatic therapy, school systems, sensory gyms, pediatric acute care at Level I trauma hospital/NICU Level 4 and pediatric in-patient rehabilitation. She also serves as a National Instructor for Summit Professional Education covering pediatric neurodevelopmental topics. Above all, Karen is a strong advocate for patients' rights and safety, educating and assisting the families to find the resources needed to allow their child to succeed. She takes great care in the day-to-day management of her patients, encouraging her patients to participate actively in their healthcare, with the purpose of seeking and providing opportunities for learning and help the children reach their maximum potential. She is a patient, caring therapist who believes that each child must be given the opportunity to develop to his/her fullest gross motor potential. When assessing and treating children she looks at the child as a whole and incorporates all areas of development to promote functional movement and growth in a child. She has worked with a great variety of diagnoses including but not limited to the following: Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Torticollis, Developmental Delay, Neurological Disorders, Sensory Integration, Orthopedic Issues, Prematurity, Cognitive Delays, Seizures, Hypotonia/Hypertonia, Arthrogryposis, Hydrocephalus, Visual/Hearing Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injury, Genetic/Trisomy Disorders, Spinal Cord Injury, Brachial Plexus Injury, Toe Walking, Coordination/Balance Deficits, Postural Imbalance, Congenital Amputations, Congenital Club Feet, Microcephalus, Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (Birth Trauma) . Her current research interest is in the developmental of new treatment strategies for the pediatric neurorehabilitation of the child with chronic and complex conditions.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from the Texas Children’s Hospital. Receives royalties from Summit Professional Education for seminars delivered as an instructor.

    Non-financial Disclosures: Is a board member of BalletForte Ballet Company.

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