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Post-Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia

Applications Open - apply before August 15 to be considered for Fall 2017

 ‌Improve the Lives and Nutrition of Children

Between 25%-45%* of typically developing children demonstrate feeding and swallowing problems.  The incidence of such problems is even higher (30%-80%) for children with developmental disorders.  These problems can have severe consequences, such as growth failure and increased susceptibility to chronic illness.   Prevalence of these disorders is increasing due to improved survival rates of children born prematurely, with low birth weight, and with complex medical conditions.

As one of the few medically based speech-language pathology programs in the country, we are uniquely positioned to provide Speech-Language Pathologists with the knowledge and skills they need to understand, assess, and treat these feeding and swallowing disorders in newborns, toddlers, and children. You will also learn to work with other health care providers, as well as parents and families, in a team approach towards care. 

The curriculum provides:

  • Thorough understanding of normal swallow physiology, and the factors underlying possible physiological differences and problems
  • Protocols for assessment and treatment in pediatric populations
  • Emphasis on multiple management issues, including cultural differences, parental counseling and ethical considerations, as well as medical compromises
  • Clinical skills training focused on the development of a team-based, comprehensive treatment/management program

* (Arvedson, 2008; Bernard-Bonnin, 2006; Brackett, Arvedson, & Manno, 2006; Burklow, Phelps, Schultz, McConnell, & Rudolph, 1998; Lefton-Greif, 2008; Linscheid, 2006; Manikam & Perman, 2000; Rudolph & Link, 2002).

Ready to apply?
Applicants must complete the SHSP 2017 Pediatric Dysphagia Certificate Application.  Application deadline - August 15, 2017.

Curriculum

Questions? Please contact Pamela Suett in the Admissions Office at (914) 594-4510 or Admissions & Financial Aid.

Director:
Luis F. Riquelme, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP,BCS-S 
(914) 594-4239