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Interventions for Feeding and Eating: Occupation-Based Evidence

presented by Jennifer Pitonyak

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Feeding, eating, and swallowing are essential components of successful social participation in daily meals; therefore, children with feeding difficulties are at risk of being excluded from full participation in meals at home, school, and in other social situations. This course discusses evidence for an occupation-based approach and provides intervention strategies for enabling occupational participation and performance of children with feeding difficulties in mealtime routines at home, school, and in the community. Dr. Jennifer Pitonyak presents an overview of evidence that guides intervention aimed at supporting the participation of children with feeding difficulties in mealtime experiences. Case examples and panel discussion with experienced clinicians are used to introduce intervention approaches across neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), early intervention, and school-based settings. This course is a second introductory course in a series on occupation-based approaches to intervention for children with feeding and eating difficulties.

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Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES

Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, is a licensed occupational therapist with 20 years of clinical experience working with children with feeding difficulties. She has previously worked in both inpatient and outpatient multidisciplinary feeding programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, providing occupational therapy services to children with oral motor…

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1. Evidence for Occupation-Based Interventions

It is important that intervention approaches with children with feeding difficulties be grounded in OT theory and guided by current evidence. This chapter presents diverse examples of evidence supporting the use of interventions for routines, occupational performance, social participation and translates the evidence to common needs of children in the NICU, early intervention, and school settings.

2. Interview with Ashlea Cardin

Dr. Pitonyak conducts an interview with Ashlea Cardin. Together, they discuss the evidence that guides intervention aimed at supporting the participation of children with feeding difficulties in mealtime experiences.

3. Occupation-Based Intervention Across Practice Settings

Dr. Pitonyak interviews a panel of experienced occupational therapists working in NICU, early intervention, and school settings to examine intervention considerations unique to each setting and analyze how the occupational needs of children with feeding difficulties change across settings.

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