Heinsen-Combs, Tahhan, Velella, Murray-Keane
This seminar-type course provides a thorough introduction and discussion of specific topics related to the assessment, treatment and management of feeding/dysphagia in children. Topics included are: (1) Nutrition and interdisciplinary work with dieticians. How to advance diets in specific pediatric populations. (2) Managing tube feeding in children: practices and impact on feeding development. How to wean off tube feedings. (3) Team building. Developing a comprehensive clinical program. (4) Parent counseling. Ethical considerations, including end-of-life topics, will be thoroughly reviewed. Further emphasis is given to multiple management issues in general, as well as by varied cultural groups. Evidence-based practice issues are incorporated into all aspects of the course.