Transitions to Chewing: De-mystifying the Interactions Among Food, Form, and Function that Support Feeding Development

April 22, 2022 12:00 pm

The collaboration between SLP and dentist provides a unique perspective on current understanding of pre-feeding oral skills, type and availability of transitional foods, and feeding competencies. The functional impact of oral form, dental occlusion, and dysphagia that could influence a child’s development of mature chewing skills will be explained.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the interaction of function, food and form in the transitional feeding stage and the development of mature chewing skills.
  • Identify the relationship between early mouthing skill development and varying geometries, dissolution, and hand grasp of transitional foods.
  • Recognize commonly used applications of transitional foods in practice.


  • Suzanne Evans Morris, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D. is a speech-language pathologist with New Visions near Charlottesville, Virginia. She is nationally and internationally known for her work during the past 60 years in identifying and treating young children with feeding and pre-speech disorders. Her current practice includes direct clinical services, continuing education workshops, and the development of written materials that support a deeper understanding of an integrated and responsive approach for children with PFD. She is particularly interested in the learning and teaching partnership with professionals from other disciplines who have common directions for effective research and clinical work in the areas of feeding and mealtime development. She shares this conference presentation with Reva Barewal, a practicing prosthodontist who blends her specialized knowledge of oral development with the development and research of entry-level transitional foods for infants and children with feeding challenges. Dr. Morris is the author of the Pre-Speech Assessment Scale, a rating scale for the measurement of feeding skills in children from birth through two years, and co-author of Pre-Feeding Skills: A Comprehensive Resource for Mealtime Development, 2nd Edition, the Mealtime Participation Guide and the Homemade Blended Formula Handbook.

    Financial Disclosures: I receive teaching honoraria from multiple professional organizations for teaching continuing education workshops. I receive royalties for books published by Pro-Ed and Mealtime Notions. I receive an intermittent consulting fee from Nestlé/Gerber.

    Non-Financial Disclosures: I served as a founding Medical Professional Council member with Feeding Matters.

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  • Reva Barewal, DDS, MS

    Reva Barewal, DDS, MS, is a practicing prosthodontist with 20 years of experience working in private practice with adults and children requiring oral reconstruction. Reva is a clinical assistant professor in the department of Pulmonology and Critical Care at Oregon Health and Science University and plays a role as a dental specialist training medical fellows in sleep medicine. She serves as a member of the U.S. and Territories IDDSI expert reference group (USTIRG).

    As an international speaker, lead research investigator in clinical trials related to transitional foods, and mastication, as well as her background as a French culinary chef, she brings a unique perspective to the eating challenges found across the lifespan from PFD to adults with dysphagia and/or chewing related issues.

    She is the founder and CEO of Dr. Reva’s Savorease, a company that makes transitional foods specifically designed to support feeding development. Her interests lie in an evidence based approach to innovation to better connect nutritional, taste and textural needs of a child to support them on their feeding journey.

    Financial Disclosures: She receives intellectual property rights for Taste of Life, LLC and 100% Ownership Interest.
    Non-Financial Disclosures: Volunteer with IDDSI as a member of a task force in the US and territories focused on education. Volunteer as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pulmonology and Critical Care.

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