Pediatric Clinical Feeding and Swallowing Evaluation A comprehensive clinical evaluation of infants and children with feeding and swallowing problems is an integral part of the process for identification of the nature and extent of the problem(s). Findings contribute to efficient management considerations that are frequently broader than oral sensorimotor intervention. Children with feeding and swallowing ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2001
Pediatric Clinical Feeding and Swallowing Evaluation
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  • Joan C. Arvedson
    Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Speech-Language Pathology, Children's Hospital of Buffalo
    Kaleida Health School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo
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Article   |   June 01, 2001
Pediatric Clinical Feeding and Swallowing Evaluation
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2001, Vol. 10, 17-23. doi:10.1044/sasd10.2.17
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2001, Vol. 10, 17-23. doi:10.1044/sasd10.2.17
A comprehensive clinical evaluation of infants and children with feeding and swallowing problems is an integral part of the process for identification of the nature and extent of the problem(s). Findings contribute to efficient management considerations that are frequently broader than oral sensorimotor intervention. Children with feeding and swallowing problems are at higher risk for health-related complications than any other group of children assessed and managed by speech-language pathologists. Increasingly, school-based speech-language pathologists are in strategic positions to identify feeding and swallowing problems in children and to determine the needs for medical team referral, as well as to carry out ongoing monitoring and therapeutic intervention (e.g., Arvedson, 2000). The major goals for all children seen by both medical and educational based feeding and swallowing teams include safe feeding, adequate nutrition, and pleasant mealtimes. School and home environments should facilitate interactions for optimal feeding.
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