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Assessment Tools for Evaluation of Oral Feeding in Infants Younger Than 6 Months (2018)

January 16, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Due to the prevalence of feeding difficulties seen in young infants, the authors of this study aim to identify and evaluate tools used to assess bottle- and breast-feeding abilities in 6-months-old or younger infants. An online database search was conducted, resulting in a total of 18 assessment tools that met the established inclusion criteria. Seven […]
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Oral Motor Feeding Assessments: A Systematic Review (2017)

January 16, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Description of Search and Included Studies: The search included the following databases: Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycInfo, and HAPI. The articles were required to 1) have studied feeding assessments used to evaluate oral motor skills specifically, and 2) have detailed the assessments’ psychometric properties (e.g., reliability, validity, etc.) The following pediatric oral-motor assessment tools were reviewed: […]
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A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Intensive Multidisciplinary Intervention for Pediatric Feeding Disorders: How Standard Is the Standard of Care? (2016)

January 16, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Description of Studies: All 11 studies were compiled through extensive searches on Medline, PsychINFO, and PubMed (01/00 through 12/15). Reviewed studies had to contain samples of children with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder who had enteral feeding and/or oral feeds with formula supplements, and were being treated at inpatient or day hospital programs with a […]
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Visual Eating Hierarchy

January 10, 2022 by Megan Berg.
This visual provides a concrete explanation for the SOS method (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding), an evidence-based intervention that addresses how to introduce kids to different tastes, textures, and temperatures.
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Treating Low vs High Tone in Feeding Therapy

January 10, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Tone of the oral musculature is usually assessed during a pediatric feeding/dysphagia evaluation. Feeding specialists often see children with hypotonicity (low muscle tone) or hypertonicity (high muscle tone), which can affect the coordination and stability of the lips, cheeks, tongue, and mandible. This resource is designed as a reference for professionals looking for ways to […]
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Tongue Exercises for Toddlers

January 10, 2022 by Megan Berg.
This handout breaks down exercises related to food and drinks separately and includes information on adaptive drink bottles to improve progress.
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Thermal Stimulation for Pediatric Swallow Therapy

January 10, 2022 by Megan Berg.
This handout describes thermal stimulation for pediatric swallow therapy and is designed to provide background information for clinicians, parents, caregivers, and staff on the use of thermal stimulation techniques to improve the swallow response in the pediatric population.
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The Role of SLPs in Feeding and Swallowing in Schools

January 10, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Being able to eat and obtain nutrition and hydration in the school environment is an important part of academic success. This handout is designed for SLPs to provide to staff, parents, and school staff in order to provide insight into the role of the SLP as it relates to feeding and swallowing in schools.
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Summer Snack Ideas and Fun Recipes for Kids

January 9, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Summer is a fun time for kids to be involved in food preparation! This handout is designed for parents and caregivers and outlines some simple snacks with kid-friendly recipe layouts to encourage healthy food habits.
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Spoon Options for Parents and Therapists

January 6, 2022 by Megan Berg.
This handout describes different spoon options for spoon feeding babies, toddlers, and children. Featuring helpful tips for children who have sensory and/or motor planning needs.
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