8:00 am - 11:15 am

Target Audience
Speech-Language Pathology


Time & Length of Session
Morning Sessions

Pediatric Feeding: What Speech-Language Pathologists Need to Know

The language used in the descriptions reflects the language of the sessions.

This intermediate session will commence with a review of the neural pathways involved in sucking and feeding. Following this, we will discuss normal (or typical) sucking and feeding development in the first year of life, and illustrate the current tools used to assess these skills. We will also highlight sucking and feeding outcomes from special populations, like children born preterm, with Down syndrome or with cleft lip with or without cleft palate. This session will include an in-depth discussion of therapies used to help infants with sucking and feeding delays with a particular focus on sensory stimulation paradigms. Finally, the session will present the relation between sucking and feeding and subsequent neurodevelopment. Research outcomes and clinical applications will be interwoven throughout the session.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe normal and abnormal suck patterning.
  2. Understand why various populations are at-risk for sucking and feeding delays.
  3. Evaluate sucking and feeding therapies and determine their usefulness in clinical practice.

Emily Zimmerman