For those of you who are local or near by, I have these updates:
Most of you know that I work on the UNC pediatric feeding team. We have updated our website with information about our team, our philosophy and how to refer.
In 2015, we are planning on developing a parent support group with quarterly meetings and some kind of web support (to provide access across the state). We are also planning some free professional education/support activities for therapists providing pediatric feeding intervention. Look for more info on the web site or here on the blog as we firm up details.
We continue to offer our therapist training week which allows therapists to spend a week with the feeding team learning specialized medical, motor, and behavioral feeding intervention.
Many of you know that I did my original training with Dr. Peggy Eicher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Eicher is currently medical director of the intensive feeding team at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ (www.feedingcenter.org). I am very excited that Wake AHEC is hosting Dr. Eicher and her team in Raleigh in March to present a 2 day workshop on pediatric feeding disorders.
We refer children with feeding issues who need an intensive program regularly to St. Joseph’s with wonderful results. This is a great opportunity to see what they do and learn new strategies. The UNC team will be at the course and we hope to see you there!
The St. Joseph’s Feeding and Swallowing Approach: Learn and Practice
3/19/2015 8:50 AM – 3/20/2015 3:30 PM
This conference will explore the important influences on feeding: medical, oral motor, motor/seating, behavioral and family. Evaluations of feeding problems and appropriate treatment will be discussed through case examples. Breakout sessions will enable attendees practice in treating food refusal, oral initiation, food selectivity and failure to advance texture. Telemedicine will be presented and demonstrated with a live feed back to the center in NJ. The conference will conclude with the audience’s challenging feeding cases for open discussion and recommendations.
Check out the NCSHLA (North Carolina Speech, Hearing, and Language Association) at the annual Spring convention, April 23 in Raleigh, NC.
There are several pediatric feeding presentations:
Joan Arvedson is one of the featured speakers and will be giving talks on:
- Problem Solving with Health Complications and Clinical Feeding Evaluations: Swallowing & Feeding: Simple to Complex, Let’s Figure it
- Problem Solving with Instrumental Swallow Evaluations & Management Decisions: Swallowing & Feeding: Simple to Complex, Let’s Figure it Out
Other Peds feeding presentations include
- Feeding Therapy Techniques for Common Feeding Problems (this one is mine)
- Approaches to the Pediatric Pharyngeal Function Study: Technical Factors and Diagnostic Challenges (Dacia McLeod, MA, CCC, SLP, Evelyn Anthony, MD, and Laura Mabry, MS, CCC, SLP, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston Salem, NC)