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Occupational Therapist

Pediatrics 245
Feeding Intervention


  • Outline common medical conditions associated with feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Name and examine cranial nerves that influence oral motor control and swallowing
  • Outline and explain the typical developmental sequences for oral feeding and self-feeding skills
  • Describe how OTs evaluate feeding, eating, and swallowing
  • Examine and describe 3 supplemental diagnostic tests used to evaluate underlying causes for feeding disorders
  • Describe the major components of a comprehensive intervention plan for pediatric feeding, eating, and swallowing problems
  • Describe how positioning influences self-feeding and swallowing skills
  • Explain what OT's do to modify foods and liquids in the feeding intervention plan
  • Summarize theoretical principles and strategies associated with behavioral interventions for selective eating or food refusal
  • List and describe 3 safety considerations for OTs working with children with feeding and swallowing disorders

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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