Four Components of Pediatric Feeding Disorders

This course focused on the four components of pediatric feeding disorders (PFDs): medical, nutritional, feeding skill, and psychosocial. This course discussed why a referral may be warranted and specialists that may be part of an interdisciplinary team. This course also goes through some of the more common diagnoses that may impact PFDs from a range of systems (e.g. airway, gastrointestinal).

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Alyson Ware is a pediatric speech- language pathologist with experience in infants, toddlers and young children.She has worked in private practice, early childhood intervention and a children’s hospital. Alyson has taken over 200 hours of continuing education in the area of pediatric feeding and swallowing. She is currently working towards her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Alyson Ware, MS, CCC-SLP

Learner Outcomes:

  • List the 4 components of PFDs

  • List members of an interdisciplinary team

  • Determine when a referral is warranted


Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures:

Financial: Alyson is a full-time employee of Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. She is the founder of East Austin Speech Therapy, PLLC. Alyson is receiving a speaking fee for this course.

Non-Financial: Alyson is a volunteer for Dysphagia Outreach Project and a member of SIG 13.


Time-Ordered Agenda

0:00 - 28:00 Introduction and Medical Components

28:00 - 30:26 Nutrition Component

30:26 - 32:10 Psychosocial Component

32:10 - 36:43 Feeding Skill


How to get ASHA CEUs:

-Watch Pre-recorded course in its entirety

-Complete 5 question post-quiz scoring 80% or higher

(you can retake the quiz)

-Make sure name, e-mail, address, and ASHA

number are correct in Thinkific account


*ASHA CEU option begins 8/7/2021

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