Pediatric Behavioral Dysphagia - SLPA0024

Pediatric Behavioral Dysphagia

by Gina DiSalvatore Longarzo, MA CCC-SLP
(4.9 / 11 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.15 CEU)

Price: $16.00
CE-PRO Price: $8.00


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.


The goal of this continuing education module is to guide speech-language pathologists in the evaluation and treatment of children who present with behavioral dysphagia. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify etiologies/diagnoses associated with pediatric behavioral dysphagia
  • Complete an evaluation and formulate goals for a child with behavioral dysphagia
  • Implement behavioral strategies and techniques for working with children who have food aversions and other maladaptive behaviors surrounding foods or liquids

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for speech-language pathologists
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This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Gina DiSalvatore Longarzo, MA CCC-SLP i 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.
Disclosure: Ms. Gina DiSalvatore Longarzo has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that are related to this education activity.

Course Originally Released on: 8/20/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/20/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Gina M - Dubuque, IA  ·  Dec 20, 2019
didn't provide much info that I don't already know, but a good refresher
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Kayla S - Tallahassee, FL  ·  Dec 03, 2019
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Melissa M - Tarpon Springs, FL  ·  Nov 18, 2019
very helpful in providing new information
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Price: $16.00
CE-PRO Price: $8.00