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Seminar: Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing

19 March 2012
Gilson Capilouto (on the rigth)

On the 19th of March was held a seminar on the fоllowing topic: “Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: How Should We Approach?”

Lecturer of the seminar was  Dr. Gilson Capilouto, Associate Professor from the University of Kentucky, Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders,  has lectured and taught extensively in the areas of pediatric feeding and swallowing. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT®) as well as administration of the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale®. She has conducted and participated in research investigating Cervical Auscultation and feeding readiness in the NICU, the long term impact of oral-tracheal intubation on speech outcomes and is currently investigating the influence of various factors of feeding success in preterm infants. Dr. Capilouto has been working clinically in pediatric dysphagia for more than 30 years.

The presentation focused on current evidence on the clinical management of pediatric dysphagia and feeding issues. Participants had an opportunity to explore assessment and intervention challenges in pediatric dysphagia within the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Current information regarding the prevalence of feeding and swallowing disorders presented along with results from a recently completed population description of children receiving feeding treatment in a community-based program. The bulk of the seminar focused on the evidentiary base for feeding and swallowing treatment as relates to motor and sensory-based feeding disorders. 

The seminar was organized by Karin Dom Foundation with the help and support of the Peace Corps USA in Bulgaria.