Pediatric SLP Bundle: Feeding and Swallowing Handouts for Parents and Caregivers
This bundle comes with 18 handouts for speech-language pathologists to augment their education for parents and caregivers when it comes to pediatric feeding and swallowing therapy. Many parents can feel overwhelmed in a clinical setting and appreciate the chance to review information and follow up with questions as needed. This bundle includes these resources:
Why Is My Child a Picky Eater?
This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with kids and their families to address picky eating issues. The handout explains why children develop picky eating habits, with a focus on the complex and multifactorial nature of these patterns.
This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with kids and their families to address picky eating issues within a therapeutic environment. The handout describes how the sense of taste develops when we are young with a specific focus on kids on the autism spectrum as well as tips to enhance taste development for picky eaters.
Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Suckling Patterns
This handout is designed for therapists working with families to understand the different in nutritive and non-nutritive suckling for oral motor and feeding development. The handout is a resource for staff, parents, and caregivers, and describes how to tell the difference between nutritive and non-nutritive suckling patterns.
Open Cup Drinking
This handout is designed for therapists working with the pediatric population on addressing independence with open cup drinking. The handout is written in accessible language for parents, family, staff, and caregivers and provides concrete strategies and timelines for when and how children can best transition to open cup drinking.
Using Messy Play to Improve Feeding Skills
This intervention handout is designed for pediatric therapists working with children and their families to address picky eating challenges. The handout includes information regarding how messy play can help address sensory issues related to picky eating and includes a basic recipe for play-dough that can be used in sensory play activities.
Incidence and Prevalence of Pediatric Feeding/Swallowing Disorders
This handout is designed for pediatric rehabilitation therapists working with children and their families to address feeding disorders. This handout provides the incidence and prevalence of common pediatric feeding disorders. This information can help families not feel so isolated and provide a broader understanding of how feeding disorders affect a broad range of pediatric populations.
This handout is designed for therapists working with the pediatric population and their families to help visualize and explain the four most common types of tongue ties.
Neonatal Reflexes Related to Feeding
This handout is designed for therapists working with the neo-natal population to address early intervention feeding. The one-page handout describes these ten reflexes as they relate to feeding and swallowing: Rooting reflex, suckling reflex, tongue extrusion reflex, swallow reflex, phasic bite reflex, transverse tongue reflex, gag reflex, palomental reflex, babkin reflex, and grasp reflex.
Safe Options for Transitioning from Bottle/Breast to Cup
Featuring 8 specific options for parents/caregivers to consider, this handout is designed for therapists working with families to address transition from bottle/breast to cup.
Causes and Strategies When Children Pocket Food
This handout is designed for therapists working with children and their families/caregivers to address pocketing food in the pediatric population. It offers insight into the possible reasons why children may pocket food and provides some tips to reduce pocketing.
Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
This handout is designed for therapists working with children and families/caregivers to address the rare case of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. The handout includes signs/symptoms included in diagnosis as well as a list of populations most at risk. The handout references speech-language pathologists as part of an interdisciplinary team that can address this disorder.
Signs of Feeding Disorders in Children
This handout breaks down what parents and caregivers should be looking for when determining if their child has a feeding disorder, dysfunction, or delay. The handout breaks down signs and symptoms into age brackets, including infancy-4-5 months, 6-12 months, and 1-3 years of age.
Role of speech-language pathologists in Feeding and Swallowing in Schools
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.
Behavior Strategies for Mealtime
This quick reference is designed for therapists, parents, and caregivers working with children with experientially-based feeding disorders.
Pediatric Development of the Swallow
This resource is designed to give caregivers and clinicians information about swallow development, including anatomy and physiology development from infancy to toddlerhood. The handout also outlines specifically how the pediatric swallow anatomy is not just a smaller version of adult anatomy and how these anatomical differences can impact dysphagia for the pediatric population.
How to Spoon-Feed Your Baby
This parent/caregiver-friendly guide provides tips and tricks for successful baby spoon-feeding.
Food Textures/Consistencies with Examples
This handout describes 8 textures and 3 consistencies of food. These descriptions can be used during feeding therapy to describe what children see, feel, and taste.
Sensory Play Ideas for Picky Eaters
Picky eating is a challenging goal to address in pediatric therapy. This handout celebrates the idea of sensory play with a large, engaging visual of what it looks like to use sensory play to become familiar with the different textures of foods. The handout offers 5 fun ideas to try with kids in a therapy setting or at home.
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