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OT Assistant

Swallowing Disorders 116

Treatment of Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties in Infants and Children


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of using assessment findings to guide therapy goals.
  • Describe the different models of service delivery.
  • Outline therapy strategies aimed at improving swallowing and airway protection (thickened fluids, modified foods, swallowing maneuvers).
  • Outline therapy strategies aimed at addressing feeding diffi culties and mealtime behavior (oral sensory-motor therapy, feeding utensils and equipment, mealtime positioning, behavioral feeding therapy, feeding therapy as part of nutritional supplement weaning).
  • Discuss therapy consideration for infants and for older children.
  • Detail 3factors that need to be considered when working with hospitalized children with acute health issues and with children living in the community.
  • List 3 methods of measuring therapy outcomes

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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