Treating pediatric feeding problems, one bite at a time…
Pediatric feeding problems are complex and often require a multi-disciplinary approach to assessment and treatment. The Behavioral InTEgrated with Speech approach, known as BITES®, focuses specifically on how cross-disciplinary collaboration among speech-language pathologists (SLPS) and Psychologists and/or Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) can look when assessing pediatric feeding problems and developing interventions for them. Each discipline has a distinct and valuable role in the assessment and treatment process.
With over 30 years of combined experience in the field of pediatric feeding disorders, Dr. Laura Seiverling, Psychologist and BCBA-D, and Elise Jusko, CCC-SLP, draw from their own experiences working on a multidisciplinary feeding team together. In each BITES® presentation, they discuss the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration, provide an overview of typical feeding development, the mechanics of eating, factors that contribute to feeding problems, discuss when and when not to use the BITES® approach, and detail the SLP and Psychologist/BCBA role in the assessment and treatment process. Case examples are provided for each of the feeding problems discussed.
This course is appropriate for the following clinicians working with children with feeding disorders: Psychologist, BCBA, SLP, OT, COTA, RD, RN and CSW.