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WEBINAR! Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: A Caregiver Forum

The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, with support from Cook Medical, is proud to present the second series of patient-centered webinars on the latest research and information on swallowing disorders. Experts in the field of swallowing disorders will present information on topics such as esophageal dilation, lymphedema, tracheotomies, and more! If you are a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) or know someone with a swallowing disorder, please share this web page with them.

Webinar # 5:

Practical Considerations of Family Concerns Related to Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: A Caregiver Forum

Donna Edwards, MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA-F

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Date:  Thursday June 30, 2016 

Time: 8:00 PM EDT (7:00 PM CDT, 6:00 PM MDT, 5:00 PM PDT)

Learner Outcomes: By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1.   Identify and discuss pediatric feeding and swallowing development and recommended  progression of diet according to child’s skill level.

2.   Determine four functional oral feeding mealtime interventions for varied skill levels and varied etiologies.

3.   Identify four resources to promote mealtime success in the home, school and community.

4.   Discuss responses to submitted frequently asked questions regarding pediatric feeding and swallowing.

Presenter: Donna Edwards is an author, inventor, national/international speaker and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders at Dayton Children’s Hospital where she serves an inpatient/outpatient pediatric population and trains students/colleagues in clinical care. Upon graduating, she worked with children and adolescents in the school system, including working along with the national autism teacher of the year. After several years, she relocated to Ohio and began working with adults in extended care facilities before working as the Dysphagia Coordinator at a Level I Trauma Hospital while treating patients in acute care and on the Head Injury, Spinadonna edwards 2l Cord Injury and CVA rehab teams. She has served patients from the ages of 103 to premature infants. Serving as the Director of Legislative Advocacy for the Ohio Speech, Language and Hearing Association (OSLHA) she advocated legislatively for patients and families impacted by communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders. She now serves as Vice President/President Elect for her state association. On The American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders she serves as Chair of the Mentorship Committee and as a member of the Application Committee. She is past Editor of ASHA SIG 13 Perspectives and currently sits on the ASHA Governmental Relations Public Policy Board. She was awarded the honor of Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award in 2009, the honor of Fellow of the Association for her state association in 2013 and the honor of ASHA Fellow was bestowed in 2014. She has a patent pending for a jaw function measurement apparatus. She is author of the free educational coloring book to reduce choking risk in the pediatric population entitled, ‘Chewing Can Be Tricky’.

Duration: About 45-60 minute presentation & up to 30 minutes of Q&A from participants

Cost: 2016 Members = Free! Click here to open our 2016 membership page and read about our membership benefits.

Cost: Non-members, pleases visit our FAQ page

The NFOSD is a 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board. All donations, including membership fees, are tax deductible. Benefits of an annual membership include our “Swallowing Disorders can Affect Anyone” tri-fold brochure (including free mailing in the US), a discount on participation in our patient-oriented dysphagia webinars, access to our Medical Advisory and select Foundation board members on an as-needed basis, and inclusion of your NFOSD support on your resume or CV.

Fee Disclaimer:  Fees must be paid online through the secure Network for Good DonateNow system. You can use a PayPal account or a credit card. The fee will be refunded if you end up with a poor Internet connection to the Webinar; it will not be refunded if for some reason your plans change and you could not attend. If you cannot afford the fee and think that the webinar would be beneficial, please email for a fee waiver.

Please add this to your calendar.  All you need is a computer with sound capabilities, a web browser, and a reasonable Internet connection. To sign up, click the link below. Once you fill out the registration, the page will refresh and there will be a confirmation message that your registration was received.

Click Here to register. Seats are limited, so register now.

Medical disclaimer. This Webinar is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with an appropriate health care professional, as each individual’s medical situation is unique. It is important that you consult with your medical professional (e.g., physician, SLP) before implementing any course of treatment. Experiences that are new to you should be done with the help of a caregiver and when access to emergency medical care is available.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on becoming a member, webinar fees, time zone assistance, and other useful information.

The NFOSD would like to recognize and thank Cook Medical for their financial support of this Dysphagia Webinar Series.


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