presented by Jane O’Brien
Occupational therapists work with children who have eating and feeding difficulties. This course provides a review of current evidence of eating and feeding evaluation and intervention. The author provides demonstrations of effective techniques along with a review of therapeutic reasoning required during the evaluation and intervention of eating and feeding. A case example helps participants synthesize information for practice.
Jane Clifford O’Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England, Portland, Maine. She received a master of science in occupational therapy at Boston University and a doctorate in public health with a concentration in the neurobehavioral basis of motor control from the University of South Carolina. Clinically, Dr. O’Brien has over 20 years of experience working with children and youth in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home health, outpatient pediatric centers, and a diagnostic center. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Dr. O’Brien has conducted research and presented on issues such as play and playfulness, motor control and motor learning, assistive technology, therapeutic reasoning, fitness and nutrition programs, and the application of the Model of Human Occupation in pediatric practice. She has an extensive publication history in examining the issues of children with disabilities, including numerous journal articles, book chapters, and four textbooks (Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Pediatric Skills for Occupational Therapy Assistants, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, and Occupational Analysis and Group Process).
This chapter provides an overview of the sequence of development for eating and feeding, including a review of the anatomy. Understanding the typical sequence of development provides a framework for the evaluation of eating and feeding in children and youth.
This chapter provides an overview of an evaluation and assessment of eating and feeding. The author provides a discussion of the parent interview, screening and observational assessment.
This chapter describes eating and feeding intervention strategies for children and youth.
This chapter provides a case example to apply concepts in eating and feeding intervention.
In this chapter, Dr. O'Brien interviews a parent to better understand a child's food selectivity issues.