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Available to Virtual Attendees

No matter your location, the 6th International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference is a unique opportunity to continue your education alongside physicians and healthcare professionals from around the world. From keynote presentations to breakout sessions, virtual attendees will learn about the latest advancements in the evaluation and treatment of children with pediatric feeding disorder.



Pediatric Feeding Disorder: 2019 Update

Jaime Phalen, MD, FAAP; Colleen Lukens, PhD

Pediatric feeding disorders lack a universally accepted definition. Our consensus paper proposes a unifying diagnostic term, “pediatric feeding disorder” encompassing medical, nutrition, feeding skill, and psychosocial domains.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the symptoms and proposed diagnostic criteria for PFD
  • List the four domains that underline PFD
  • Name key team players involved in optimal care of children who have PFD


What is New in Motility Disorders?

Carlo di Lorenzo, MD

Motility problems are highly prevalent and may present with many different symptoms, including vomiting, food refusal and abdominal distension. There will be a discussion of advantages and limitations of different testing modalities for motility problems. The final part of the lecture will focus on treatment strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the behavioral and physiological components of gastrointestinal motility disorders
  • Develop an evidence based evaluation and treatment approach to children with frequent vomiting
  • Explain the medical and nonmedical interventions available for the treatment of the most severe forms of motility disturbances




Asking the Right Questions: Ensuring Accurate Feeding Assessments

Kay Toomey Ph.D; Bethany C.F. Kortsha, MA, OTR/L; Erin Ross Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Debra Greenstein, MD; Darja Pisorn, RD, CNSC

Results of a Feeding Assessment directly guide the course of Feeding Treatment. However, if a key component of a child’s feeding difficulty is missed during the evaluation phase, treatment may be less effective. This workshop is designed to help the Feeding Practitioner ask the right questions as a part of their Feeding Evaluation. In line with the definition of pediatric feeding disorder, this workshop will use Case Studies presented by a Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, Physician and Dietitian to illustrate the importance of obtaining comprehensive information to accurately determine the possible medical reasons for a child’s feeding problem.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify several key areas which need to be assessed whenever a child has a feeding problem
  • List several critical questions that should be asked of caregivers during a feeding assessment
  • Describe how sensory processing challenges may be a skill deficit that should be considered as a part of the comprehensive assessment


Eosinophilic Esophagitis- a Disease Related to Chronic Feeding Problems: Approaches to Diagnosis, Treatment and Follow Up.

Glenn T. Furuta, MD; Holly Knotowicz, M.S., CCC-SLP

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic, previously unrecognized problem that causes a large range of commonplace eating problems. In order to increase awareness and improve approaches to treatment, a pediatric gastroenterologist and feeding specialist will discuss symptoms related to eating, rationale for the development of symptom complexes, approaches to caring acutely and chronically for feeding dysfunction and follow up.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify feeding concerns that correlate to the diagnosis of EoE
  • Describe compensatory strategies commonly used to help children with EoE eat more comfortably and increase their variety and volume of intake
  • Summarize common approaches to treatment of EoE


Expanding the Reach: Exploring Telehealth Use with PFD

Chrissy Vogeley; Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A. CCC-SLP; Carol Elliot, B.S., OTR/L

With the exponential growth of telehealth, an increasing number of clinicians are considering incorporating telehealth into their practice in order to expand their reach. This is an exciting time for telepractice/telehealth and those who are interested in expanding their services. Telepractice can meet the needs of a diverse group of clients, help grow a private practice, and allow underserved clients to receive needed services who might not otherwise be able to travel to a clinic or hospital to receive services. Knowledge about the provision of telehealth/telepractice services is imperative before starting a new service modality. This session will provide an overview of how to provide quality, ethical services to individuals with pediatric feeding disorders, as well as an understanding of the basics for providing these services including licensure, reimbursement, basic components for starting telepractice and, the practical application of services to pediatric feeding clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe licensure policies for clinicians providing services via telehealth
  • List billing and reimbursement resources for telepractice
  • Identify basic components of telehealth platforms
  • Identify practical applications in pediatric feeding in a telehealth/telepractice setting


Intensive Feeding Therapy: Evaluating Patient Readiness and Creating an Individualized Treatment Strategy (Panel)

Moderator, Praveen Goday, MD; Mary Beth Feuling, CD, CSP, MS, RD; Dana Williams, MD; Michelle Mastin, Ph.D; Carol Elliot, B.S, OTR/L

Children need to be assessed for their readiness to enter into an intensive program. Considerations have to be given to all four domains – medical, nutrition, feeding skills and psychosocial. Each of the four speakers will introduce their thoughts about readiness for an intensive program. The rest of the session will be devoted to answering questions posed by the real and virtual audience. Don’t forget to submit questions in advance!

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize who is and who is not a good candidate for an intensive feeding program
  • Describe what we can do to get a child ready before they enter an intensive feeding program
  • Illustrate how to create a plan for a child going into an intensive feeding program


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