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Frequency & Duration of Feeding Therapy

Jennifer Dahms, M.S., CCC-SLP

August 6, 2012

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How frequent are the recommended sessions for feeding therapy and what is the usual duration?

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I see children for 45 minutes at a time and my recommendation for therapy is going to be dependent upon the child.  I don't want to say I have a set-in-stone frequency recommendation.  I usually see kids every other week if we're just working on problem eating behaviors with no swallowing issues or oral motor issues. This leaves family time to work on the techniques at home and to get a good handle on them to see if they are working and if they are getting good practice  before coming to the next therapy session.  We then talk about how things went and update the home program from there.  

Jennifer Dahms is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in Boise, Idaho. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She has worked in pediatric outpatient clinics and Birth-to-Three programs in both Wisconsin and Idaho and currently has her own private practice, Valley Pediatric Feeding, LLC.

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Bolus Management Intervention in Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Presented by Jennifer Dahms, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
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Course: #6185 1 Hour
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Please note: This course is also offered in a series of titled "Improving Oral-Motor Functioning in Pediatric Feeding Disorders", course 6240, which is offered for .6 CEUs. By completing this course, you will NOT be eligible to complete course 6240 for credit.


Report Writing in Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Presented by Jennifer Dahms, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
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Course: #6247 1 Hour
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In a world of reduced third party payments for feeding and dysphagia therapy, it is crucial that feeding therapists are able to convey the functional limitations in regards to a feeding disorder. It is important that goals truly be measurable and objective, but it is also important to connect those goals to how a child’s every-day functioning is affected by such deficits.

Please note: This course is also offered in a series titled "Improving Oral-Motor Functioning in Pediatric Feeding Disorders", course 6240, which is offered for .6 CEUs. By completing this course, you will NOT be eligible to complete course 6240 for credit.


Parental Concerns and Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Putting it all together
Presented by Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
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Course: #7051 1 Hour
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Parents of children with feeding disorders come to the initial evaluation with many concerns. It is important for the speech language pathologist to identify the areas of need, to determine possible reasons behind the feeding difficulties, and to identify effective treatment strategies.

Children and Feeding Tubes
Presented by Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
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Course: #7573 1 Hour
  'Case study examples'   Read Reviews
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Improving a Child's Participation in Oral Motor Therapy
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Course: #8063 1 Hour
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This course will discuss the reasons that children referred for oral motor feeding therapy often have difficulties participating in their oral motor programming, and possible consequences of decreased participation. Techniques will be provided that can improve a child’s involvement in therapy and ultimately increase his/her progress.