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Course # 3848
Pediatric Dysphagia: The Basics

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Course Abstract

This introductory course is designed for the speech language pathologist who has limited pediatric experience and wants to establish a foundation from which to build. It will be assumed that the professional has a basic understanding of the adult phases of swallowing (i.e. oral, pharyngeal, esophageal). This course will focus on developmental levels related to feeding/swallowing/critical time periods, and several broad assessment areas. Treatment issues will only be examined in a cursory manner.
This course was recorded on May 28, 2010


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • As a result of this presentation the participants will be able to identify at least (3) key points related to the levels of development discussed
  • As a result of this presentation the participants will be able to differentiate specific feeding/swallowing related to critical time periods
  • As a result of this presentation the participants will be able to explain how to assess infants/toddlers with potential dysphagia based on at least 7 broad categories
  • As a result of this presentation the participants will be able to describe the importance of a team to treat children with feeding/swallowing disorders.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-15 Minutes Homeostasis
15-20 Minutes Attachment
20-35 Minutes Separation/Individualism
35-55 Minutes Anatomic/Physiologic Critical time periods
55-65 Minutes Assessment: Structural
65-75 Minutes Assessment: Neurologic
75-85 Minutes Assessment: Cardiorespiratory
85-95 Minutes Assessment: Gastrointestinal
95-105 Minutes Assessment: Psychosocial
105-115 Minutes Treatment issues
115-120 Minutes Questions

Average Rating

(496 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 496 reviews

Review by: Susan on May 30, 2013
Very good presentation but the talk did not include answers to all the questions in the exam so it was a great learning experience but the test did not match the material well.
Review by: Lynae on May 23, 2013
flow of topics
Review by: Kimberly on May 21, 2013
It was well organized and had a lot of good information.
Review by: Britni on May 21, 2013
There was a great deal of information and clear examples on both assessment and treatment of pediatric dysphagia.
Review by: Julie on May 11, 2013
Very thorough description of development. A nice refresher course.
Review by: Carlyn on May 9, 2013
Presenter was well spoken and knowledgable
Review by: Melissa on April 26, 2013
It had a ton of good information but was dry and kind of hard to follow because the presenter kept losing her train of thought.
Review by: Janet on April 18, 2013
Donna recognised that home based SLPs exsist, but that we have a valuable role in the medical management & treatment of these kiddos. So few "experts" seem to know, let alone understand, what we do for these families. Thank you Donna!
Review by: Merideth on April 16, 2013
She presented the information in a positive, interesting way
Review by: Carrie on April 11, 2013
Packed with information relevant to understanding assessment and treatment.
Review by: Candy on March 27, 2013
clear and concise
Review by: Caterina on March 27, 2013
great information presented in a clear concise manner
Review by: Kathy on March 23, 2013
The stages of development were defined, good review of Satter's development guidelines.
Review by: Leann on March 23, 2013
Great overview.
Review by: Carrie on March 10, 2013
Review by: Hannah on March 5, 2013
Informative and easy to understand.
Review by: Elvira on February 26, 2013
nice overview of development and areas to be concenred with
Review by: Gilberto on February 19, 2013
The organized presentation.
Review by: Erin on February 16, 2013
Good to have a refresher in the basics and to take a step back to remember to consider all aspects and the key milestones.
Review by: Kristin on February 16, 2013
very informative
Review by: LouEllen on February 4, 2013
Presenter was very informative
Review by: Roisin on February 3, 2013
very well structured, easy to follow, with clear practical applications
Review by: Amy on February 2, 2013
Great general information on paediatric feeding, especially for beginners.
Review by: Keona on January 31, 2013
Donna's constant reflection of her own experiences and relating course content to current practice.
Review by: Lindsey on January 30, 2013
great information.
Review by: Linda on January 24, 2013
Obviously knowledgeable presenter, organized, concise
Review by: Molly on January 22, 2013
Wonderful information but I could argue the answers to some questions.
Review by: Lori on January 22, 2013
well organized
Review by: Sandra on January 19, 2013
The presentation was well organized. The presenter obviously knows her material, yet she presented it at a level appropriate for someone new to the field.
Review by: Heather on January 16, 2013
Great info, but speaker seemed distracted at times.
Review by: Elizabeth on January 16, 2013
It was a great beginners course and shows how much more learning I need to do.
Review by: Brea on January 14, 2013
Everything. I am changing from geriatrics to pediatrics and this was a great refresher/new learning guide!
Review by: Christie on January 12, 2013
organized, knowledgeable
Review by: Darla on January 12, 2013
Presenter relayed some hands on experiences. Presenter was very competent and comfortable with her skills.
Review by: Jane on January 12, 2013
clear & concise
Review by: Laura on January 8, 2013
Great presenter
Review by: Alex on January 7, 2013
Great information-will re-watch this presentation to feel even more confident about this topic.
Review by: Melinda on January 6, 2013
i can apply immediately
Review by: Stephanie on January 5, 2013
Expertise of the presenter, practical application, wealth of information, additional source resources
Review by: Courtney on January 2, 2013
Lots of information for typically developing children.
Review by: Mary on December 31, 2012
Good content, knowledgeable presenter
Review by: Megan on December 29, 2012
Greatly pertained to current caseloads, very informative.
Review by: Ann on December 29, 2012
Presenter was very knowledgeable.
Review by: Terri on December 28, 2012
The material was thorough.
Review by: kimberly on December 22, 2012
lots of information
Review by: Maurie on December 9, 2012
The course was a brief overview of pediatric swallowing. There is a lot more information, but the presenter did well in selecting the information she presented.
Review by: Elaine on December 6, 2012
presenter used real situations to explain
Review by: Kristen on December 6, 2012
She provided a lot of detail, examples, and the information built on itself so that it remained clear while increasing in depth.
Review by: Tifanie on December 5, 2012
The breakdown of complex information into understandable terms was helpful.
Review by: Kristen on December 4, 2012
intersting topic
Review by: Rachel on December 3, 2012
The presenter's hands on examples from her own practice as a clinician and her pictures/visual representations to give over specific concepts.
Review by: Debra on November 26, 2012
The handout content
Review by: Ann on November 20, 2012
Lots of examples, lots of detail, good introduction. Better than my one-week class in grad school
Review by: Kimberly on November 19, 2012
Very concise and well organized. It helped me to pull the knowledge I already had from adult dysphagia and integrate it sucessfully to understand pediatric dysphagia. Great course!
Review by: Lauren on November 18, 2012
Great information and recommendations
Review by: Carrie on November 18, 2012
had nice well rounded information
Review by: Amy on November 17, 2012
Organized and accessible information
Review by: Gillian on November 16, 2012
broad knowledge and experience of the presenter.
Review by: mindy on November 15, 2012
Excellent presentation and organization of material
Review by: Nancy on November 6, 2012
comprehensive content
Review by: Crystal on November 2, 2012
Very complete and to the point.
Review by: Pamela on October 31, 2012
Very organized, flowed well, good information for a seasoned therapist 26 years in adult swallowing being asked to see babies
Review by: ellen-beth on October 28, 2012
great info well presented
Review by: Traci on October 15, 2012
Great information from an experienced clinician.
Review by: Erin on October 12, 2012
This was A LOT of information for a 2 hour course, but it was well organized and explained.
Review by: Caroline on October 8, 2012
The logical sequence, handout and insights by presenter.
Review by: amy on October 7, 2012
Speaker was very knowledgable.
Review by: Laurie on October 4, 2012
The presenter explained normal feeding development in an easy to follow pattern.
Review by: Holly on October 3, 2012
well organized content
Review by: L. Simone on September 28, 2012
The presenter was very knowledgeable, organized, very easy to follow/listen to.
Review by: Rebecca on September 26, 2012
very knowledgeable speaker
Review by: Heather on September 21, 2012
The information was helpful, presentation of material was good, and felt like I learned a lot.
Review by: Katherine on September 20, 2012
This was a very good overview for the short amount of time allowed.
Review by: Kelli on September 17, 2012
Great presenter. Very engaging.
Review by: Kathryn on September 3, 2012
Content, organization, and manner of presentation.
Review by: Barbara on August 28, 2012
The presentation was well organized and its content was comprehensive
Review by: Mary on August 28, 2012
Anatomical pictures and team for individual child
Review by: Juliene on August 7, 2012
very knowledgeable presenter
Review by: Tiffani on August 6, 2012
It was very structured, informative and easy to follow.
Review by: Andrea on August 2, 2012
I good overall guide to looking at assessment of swallowing and feeding difficulties with this population.
Review by: Yvonne on July 19, 2012
The course was organized. Gave sufficient information.
Review by: Laurie on July 16, 2012
Well organized, great introduction, good overview of the material
Review by: Haidee on July 13, 2012
covered broad range of topics; good refresher/re-introduction to this area of practice
Review by: Colleen on July 10, 2012
Presenter was knowledgeable and articulate.
Review by: Stephen on July 6, 2012
novel information
Review by: Jessica on June 21, 2012
manner of presentation
Review by: Sheri on June 21, 2012
The topic
Review by: Rebecca on June 20, 2012
The instructor was very organized. She managed to touch on the large breadth of problems that can impact feeding skill development while also providing some useful strategies for remediation of feeding problems.
Review by: Rebecca on June 19, 2012
course content
Review by: Judith on June 18, 2012
presenter was very knowledgeable of material
Review by: Stacy on June 18, 2012
interesting information
Review by: Melissa on June 16, 2012
expertise and experiences of presenter
Review by: Melissa on June 15, 2012
well organized
Review by: Britt on June 10, 2012
Great, well organized information. Well presented information.
Review by: Andrea on June 7, 2012
Well organized. Speaker was interesting.
Review by: Nicole on June 2, 2012
Very informative.
Review by: Paula on May 28, 2012
Good overview of the basics.
Review by: Eileen on May 27, 2012
very clear and thorough as an intro to pediatric dysphagia
Review by: Brittany on May 25, 2012
The detailed approach to assessing children with dysphagia and the information related to typical development was informative. Also, the way the presenter communicated the information was very succinct and direct. I would have liked to learn more about the different treatment approaches.
Review by: Holly on May 22, 2012
Examples and systematic way info was presented.

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Course Presenter

donna scarborough

Donna Scarborough, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Donna Scarborough specializes in developmental/medical speech language pathology, developmental neurosensory physiology and pediatric dysphagia at Miami University located in Oxford, Ohio. She teaches the graduate level course in Dysphagia, Trach and Vent and head and neck anatomy and physiology to undergraduates. In 2004 she established the Clinical Dysphagia Research Laboratory and current projects include: collaboration with the Neuroscience Center of Miami University in order to generate an animal model to better understand the gag reflex at the level of the brainstem, development of a treatment technique to decrease the hyperactive gag reflex, ultrasound studies in preschoolers to evaluate hyoid bone movement, and collaboration with the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering department (Miami) to generate a prototype high chair and an advanced training cup. She currently serves as the chair of the Division 13 Research Committee and is a member of the ASHA's Division 13 pediatric advisory board. Over the past 14 years Dr. Scarborough has also provided clinical services to children enrolled in the Birth to Three programs of Ohio and Kentucky.

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