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Webinar Recording: Practical Considerations of Family Concerns Related to Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing


This webinar was broadcast live on June 30th, 2016.

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’.