Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: Clinical Examination and Evaluation Why is it essential for an infant, child or adolescent with feeding/ swallowing problems to receive a clinical examination and evaluation prior to considering an instrumental assessment? The value of the pediatric clinical feeding/swallowing assessment lies in the comprehensive nature of the process. The clinical assessment will provide the ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2004
Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: Clinical Examination and Evaluation
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  • Robert Beecher
    Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Rona Alexander
    Private Practice, Wauwatosa, WI
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2004
Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: Clinical Examination and Evaluation
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2004, Vol. 13, 21-27. doi:10.1044/sasd13.4.21
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2004, Vol. 13, 21-27. doi:10.1044/sasd13.4.21
Why is it essential for an infant, child or adolescent with feeding/ swallowing problems to receive a clinical examination and evaluation prior to considering an instrumental assessment? The value of the pediatric clinical feeding/swallowing assessment lies in the comprehensive nature of the process.
The clinical assessment will provide the speech-language pathologist with the greatest amount of information regarding the child’s typical feeding/swallowing function. No other tool available is capable of providing the vast amount of information that can be obtained through the clinical assessment process. Through the clinical assessment, information about all aspects of the child’s internal and external environment that may affect his or her feeding/swallowing function will be obtained. A thorough clinical assessment provides information necessary to make appropriate intervention recommendations.
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