Challenges in Pediatric Dysphagia: Let's Figure it Out

In Person
Joan C. Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow
April 1 2017 to April 2 2017
Event Type: 
Live Event
Speech-Language Pathology

McGill School of Communication Science and Disorder will be hosting a 2-day course by Prof. Joan Arvedson (PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow). This course will focus on how to problem solve complex swallowing and feeding issues in infants and children via lecture, videos, and case analyses. Targeted strategies will be discussed per evidence from sensorimotor learning principles & neural plasticity. Assessment and intervention goals optimize functional outcomes. Problem areas include: airway; GI tract (e.g., GERD and eosinophilic esophagitis); nutrition; tube feeding & weaning; barriers to successful oral feeding & ways to overcome them; picky eaters. This event is continuing education eligible.

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Registration Deadline: March 1st, 2017

About the Speaker:

Joan Arvedson


           Joan C. Arvedson is internationally renowned for her pioneering research, instruction, and clinical work in pediatric dysphagia. She is Program Coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She received her BS, MS, and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was awarded Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2016, which is ASHA’s highest distinction. Her leadership, clinical acumen, and research united therapeutic and medical/surgical disciplines. She has three text books in publication, two self-study publications for continuing education through ASHA Professional Development, and has more than 35 peer-reviewed articles and 12 book chapters. She has given more than 100 presentations at ASHA conventions, state conventions and national interdisciplinary conferences, as well as international lectures/seminars in 24 countries.

           While director of speech-language pathology and audiology at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and as coordinator of feeding and swallowing services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dr. Arvedson takes a holistic, comprehensive approach to clinical and instrumental assessment and intervention with infants and children.

Course Objectives:

  1. Apply knowledge of airway problems to make management decisions for infants and young children with oropharyngeal dysphagia

  2. Identify and modify barriers to successful oral feeding (e.g., nutrition, GI tract, allergy, & neurologic conditions)

  3. Make assessment and management decisions for infants and children with complex underlying etiologies for dysphagia.

  4. Utilize strategies for facilitating oral feeding in high-risk infants and children.

  5. Demonstrate processes for advancing oral feeding in children who are tube feeders.

  6. Implement intervention with a range of sensory and behavior based principles with picky eaters.

Course Schedule:

Day 1

8:30-10:30 Airway Factors: Stability Critical for Advancing Oral Feeding
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:45 Complicating Factors to Oral Feeding (e.g., Nutrition, Allergy, GI Tract)
12:45-13:45 Lunch
13:45-15:45 Facilitating Infant Feeding: NICU and Young Infants
15:45-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Problem Solving with Clinical Evaluation (Neurologic Impairment focus)

Day 2

8:30-10:30 Problem Solving with Instrumental Evaluation of Swallowing (VFSS Focus) 
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:45 Decision Making with Special Problems: include craniofacial anomalies, tonsil/adenoid hypertrophy, upper esophagus.
12:45-13:45 Lunch
13:45-15:00 Tube Feeders: Advancing Oral Feeding
15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-16:30 Picky Eaters with Sensory/Behavioral Issues


Contact Information


Dr. Nicole Li-Jessen


School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

McGill University