Pediatric Feeding: The Need for Standardization 

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The prevalence of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders is on the rise.  However, there remains a lack of standardized approaches to assess and treat these disorders, which can greatly influence clinical outcomes. This session will present a review of recent publications from the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (CJSLPA) surrounding pediatric feeding. Topics will include trends in neonatal dysphagia, caregiver directed questionnaires to identify feeding-swallowing-difficulties, flow rates and pacifier types. The applications of these recent research findings for clinical practice as well as for the future of pediatric feeding research and practice will also be discussed in detail.

Emily Zimmerman, PhD, CCC-SLP