SAC Webinar: Relationships Between Pediatric Feeding-Swallowing and Speech-Language: Theory, Recent Data and Clinical Implications

David H. McFarland, PhD, orthophoniste (OOAQ), F-ASHA, (C) Provisional
November 3 2021
Speech-Language Pathology
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Registration deadline is November 3, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. (ET)

November 3, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET)

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Intended audience: Speech-Language Pathologists

This session pertains to: Pre-School (0-4), School Aged (5-17)

Level: Introductory/Intermediate (Assumes that the participant has little or no familiarity or has general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)



Although often viewed as separate clinical identities, recent theoretical and clinical research data suggest potentially important associations between pediatric feeding-swallowing difficulties and developmental language disorder. This growing body of knowledge reflects what has been known for some time by front-line practicing clinicians: that problems in feeding-swallowing and speech-language often co-occur in young patients. In this presentation, we will discuss developing theoretical and clinical research models that suggest close ties between feeding-swallowing and speech-language, particularly developmental language disorder. We will consider the possibility that earlier occurring feeding-swallowing difficulties might signal later language impairments. We will also consider whether there are treatment advantages of targeting feeding-swallowing difficulties and language impairments in children. Finally, we will discuss additional clinical implications, including how this information might influence professional practice policies.

Learning objectives:

1.Be able to explain the theoretical underpinnings of the potential cross-system interactions between feeding-swallowing and speech/developmental language disorders.
2.Receive an overview of recent experimental data demonstrating a high occurrence of feeding-swallowing difficulties in developmental language disordered children.
3.Consider clinical models that target pediatric feeding-swallowing difficulties and language disorders to capitalize on potential cross-system benefits.



This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).


Presenter Biography

David H. McFarland, PhD, orthophoniste (OOAQ), F-ASHA, (C) Provisional

David H. McFarland is a speech language pathologist and Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). He is Professor (Full) at the Université de Montréal, Adjunct Professor at McGill University, chercheur au centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine and Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (CJSLPA). 

Dr. McFarland’s research and clinical interests include respiratory-swallowing coordination and its rehabilitation, speech and swallowing impairments associated with Parkinson’s disease, the translation of research into clinical practice, physiological measures of mother-infant interactions, role of hormones in the establishment of pre-linguistic behaviors and the relationship between feeding-swallowing difficulties and speech-language disorders in children. He is the author of an influential text on the anatomy and physiology of speech, voice, swallowing and hearing that has been translated into five languages. Dr. McFarland hails originally from Long Beach, California and lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


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