Topic Areas: Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing

Topic Chairs: Memorie Gosa

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include normal and abnormal feeding and swallowing from birth to 18 years old including research, clinical and instrumental assessment, treatment approaches, and service delivery issues related to persons with dysphagia. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific feeding and swallowing disorders in pediatrics should be included in this topic area.

Research

  • Translational, applied or implementation research related to swallowing and feeding, and associated disorders, from birth to 18y.o.
  • Quantitative inquiries including but not limited to clinical guidelines, meta-analysis, systematic reviews, randomized-controlled trials, well-designed case-control/quasi-experimental studies, single subject designs, patient reported outcomes (PRO)
  • Outcomes evaluation/research
  • Qualitative inquiries including but not limited to ethnographic, narrative, PRO
  • Mixed methods research

Professional Education

  • Normal swallowing/feeding physiology in infants and children
  • Interprofessional issues specifically related to feeding and swallowing
  • Prevention/screening of dysphagia in infants and children
  • Innovative technologies for the assessment and treatment of dysphagia in infants and children
  • Diagnosis of dysphagia in infants and children
  • Non-malignant esophageal/gastrointestinal disorders associated with dysphagia from birth through 18y.o.
  • Instrumental assessment of swallowing and feeding in children and infants
  • Behavioral management of dysphagia in children and infants
  • Management of dysphagia in special populations (e.g., Down syndrome, etc.)
  • Neurogenic dysphagia management in infants and children
  • Orofacial myofunctional disorders as related to feeding and swallowing
  • Pharmacological, surgical, and other non-behavioral interventions for dysphagia in infants and children
  • Nutritional management/support of infants and children with dysphagia
  • Palliative care and quality of life issues related to dysphagia in infants and children
  • Interprofessional and team issues related to the assessment and management of dysphagia in infants and children
  • Outcomes, efficacy, and effectiveness related to the treatment of dysphagia in infants and children
  • Professional education issues specific to infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Ethical issues specific to dysphagia in infants and children
  • Complex medical issues and swallowing function in infants and children from ICU throughout all care settings
  • Education, training and supervision issues specific to feeding and swallowing in infants and children, and associated disorders
  • Administrative, legislative and regulatory issues related to dysphagia in infants and children
  • Technology as it relates to swallowing and swallowing disorders in infants and children (e.g., mobile applications, devices, software, )
  • Innovative service delivery models for pediatric feeding and swallowing through telepractice technology

Related Topics

Proposals that include this topic but have a primary focus on:

  • Normal swallowing and swallowing disorders in adults should be submitted to the Adult Swallowing topic area.
  • Swallowing disorders associated with head, neck and esophageal cancers should be submitted to the Head and Neck Cancer Issues topic area.
  • Swallowing/feeding disorders as a result of craniofacial disorders should be submitted to the Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders topic area.
  • Speech disorders associated with orofacial myofunctional disorders should be submitted to Speech Sound Disorders in Children With Normal Hearing.
  • Tracheostomy and ventilator dependence in pediatrics with impacts on laryngeal and voice function should be submitted to the Voice and Upper Airway Issues topic area.
  • Cultural considerations, health disparities and access to services related to pediatric feeding and swallowing should be submitted to the Equity, Inclusion and Influence on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area.

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