As pediatric dysphagia has become more known to the public, the need for behavioral interventions has become more significant. This continuing education module will review behavioral aspects of pediatric dysphagia, including etiologies, a team approach to case management, types of food or liquid aversions and their effects, components of the speech-language pathologist’s evaluation of a child with behavioral dysphagia, and different options for determining goals and frequency of treatment. Through case analysis and a case vignette, readers will develop tools for evidence-based intervention strategies that target behavioral aspects of pediatric dysphagia. Follow-up processes after the evaluation or intensive feeding program will also be discussed, as well as common misconceptions about behavioral interventions. This course assumes that participants have a basic understanding of typical feeding development.
Gina DiSalvatore Longarzo, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York. She conducts a feeding orientation for all incoming staff, is the liaison to the intensive feeding program for inpatients and children attending the Blythedale Children’s Hospital day program, supervises graduate students, and conducts feeding evaluations as part of an interdisciplinary team. Gina is trained in fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, modified barium swallow studies, and green dye swallow studies. Her research targets frequency and duration of feeding therapy for dysphagia.
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Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)
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