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Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Service Delivery Considerations

ASHA has developed a series of recorded conversations discussing the specific needs required to provide pediatric feeding and swallowing services in varied practice settings—both for in-person services and via telepractice. In the spirit of interprofessional collaboration, the panelists in this series include an occupational therapist working in early intervention, and a speech-language pathologist working in schools to highlight how considerations vary depending on where they are providing these services.

Early Intervention and Private Practice

Panelist: Judy Delaware, OTR/L, CLC, has been a registered and licensed pediatric occupational therapist and feeding specialist for more than 30 years and is a certified lactation counselor. Judy is president of Positive Therapeutic Beginnings in Colorado. She contracts with Colorado Early Intervention and works closely with Children’s Hospital Colorado. Judy is also the co-founder of Feeding Littles, an online training program for parents and therapists.

Moderator: Adena Dacy, MS, CCC-SLP, Associate Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology at ASHA

School Setting

Panelist: Marianne E. Gellert-Jones, MA, CCC-SLP, is a clinical feeding specialist and speech-language pathologist at the HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy. Ms. Gellert-Jones has been working in pediatrics for more than 30 years. She has spent her career focusing on providing speech-language, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and feeding/dysphagia services within the pediatric population. Since October 1998, she has been on staff at the HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy, where she holds positions as both a speech-language pathologist and as the school’s clinical feeding specialist.

Moderator: Lisa Rai Mabry-Price, MS, CCC-SLP, Associate Director, School Services at ASHA

Resources

From ASHA

From Other Organizations

References

Clark, R. R., Fischer, A. J., Lehman, E. L., & Bloomfield, B. S. (2019). Developing and implementing a telehealth enhanced interdisciplinary pediatric feeding disorders clinic: A program description and evaluation. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities31(2), 171–188. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10882-018-9652-7

Malandraki, G. A., Roth, M., & Sheppard, J. J. (2014). Telepractice for pediatric dysphagia: A case study. International Journal of Telerehabilitation6(1), 3–16.  https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2014.6135

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