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Course Overview

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.

About the Course Author

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.


Gina DiSalvatore Longarzo MS, CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


    Intermediate Level

    0.15 ASHA CEUs

  • Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


    Approved for 1.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Complete an evaluation and formulate goals for a child with behavioral dysphagia.; Identify etiologies/diagnoses associated with pediatric behavioral dysphagia.; Implement behavioral strategies and techniques for working with children who have food aversions and other maladaptive behaviors surrounding foods or liquids.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.