QLD CODE: Paediatric feeding difficulties: What is the evidence for treatment?

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Members Single price $88.00
Non-Members Single price $176.00

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Session Overview:

This event aims to provide introductory information regarding paediatric feeding difficulties in young children (not infants). Although there will be some practical advice provided, the workshop does not aim to provide a “recipe” for management of this group. The primary aim is rather to provide a platform for developing interest and drive for further education in this area.

Information will be presented predominantly as PowerPoint slides. During the presentation, there will be a case scenario presented with video (if possible). Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker, and there will be 10-15 minutes allocated towards the end of the presentation to allow for this.

What I will learn:

By the end of this online event you will have an understanding of:

  • The definition for feeding difficulties versus picky eating
  • Aetiology for feeding difficulties and different factors that may contribute
  • Common assessments for feeding difficulties in young children
  • Different intervention styles for feeding difficulties in young children and the evidence for these
  • How to set appropriate goals and measure change in this group of patients

Who should attend:

This session will be relevant for speech pathologists and student speech pathologists with an interest in paediatric feeding assessment and treatment for young children (not including infant feeding). This workshop will be introductory in nature, so prior experience in this caseload is beneficial, but not essential. The workshop will present current knowledge and evidence for the role of the speech pathologist in this area.

What do I need to read beforehand?

Some recommended background readings are:

  • Dodrill, P. (2014). Feeding problems and oropharyngeal dysphagia in children. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research, 3(5), 1055-1060.
  • Dovey TM, Farrow CV, Martin CI, Isherwood E, Halford JCG. When does food refusal require professional intervention? Curr Nutr Food Sci. 2009;5(3):160-71.
  • Marshall, J., Hill, R.J., Ware, R.S., Ziviani, J. and Dodrill, P. (2015). Multidisciplinary intervention for childhood feeding difficulties: A randomised clinical trial. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology Nutrition (available ahead of print) doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000669.
  • Nicholls D, Bryant-Waugh R. Eating disorders of infancy and childhood: definition, symptomatology, epidemiology, and comorbidity. Child Adolesc Psychiatr N Am. 2009;18(1):17-30.

CPD Points awarded: 1.5 PSR points


Jeanne Marshall Jeanne Marshall

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Children's Health Queensland