Solving Complex Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Problems (Intermediate-Advanced)

October 7-8, 2017

This course will focus on clinical evaluation and decision making for a variety of etiologies that underlie pediatric dysphagia. Through case analysis participants will develop a toolkit of intervention strategies for complex issues including: medically fragile infants and children, picky eaters, children with gastroesophageal reflux, children with G-tubes and others. Special topics include airway stability as a basis for oral feeding, clinical and instrumental evaluations for decision-making in neurologic swallow problems, assessing atypical swallow problems and treatments and identifying the barriers to successful oral feeding.

  • Assess and make management decisions on neurologic and atypical swallow problems
  • Apply strategies for facilitating oral feeding in pre-term and other high-risk infants and advancing oral feeding in tube feeders 
  • Identify and modify barriers to successful oral feeding (GI tract, allergy, nutritional issues) 
  • Implement sensory/behavioral strategies for working with picky eaters

Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

Contact hours or CCU’s  through TOTA are pending


Joan Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an internationally renowned clinician and teacher. She is Program Coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She is Clinical Professor in the Division of gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Dr. Arvedson received her BS, MS, and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an ASHA Fellow. Dr. Arvedson has focused patient care, teaching, and research on swallowing and feeding disorders in infants and children, delivering evidence based knowledge and immediately applicable strategies via workshops and seminars throughout the world. She emphasizes a functional whole child approach stressing the importance of collaboration among professionals and caregivers. She has 3 books in publication: Interpretation of Video fluoroscopic Swallow Studies of Infants and Children: A study guide to improve diagnostic skills and treatment planning, 2007, Northern Speech Services; Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 2nd edition, 2002, with L. Brodsky, MD, Delmar Cengage Learning; Pediatric Video fluoroscopic Swallow Studies: A Professional Manual with Caregiver Guidelines, 1999 (with M. Lefton Greif, PhD), Pearson Publishing. Dr. Arvedson has numerous articles focused on pediatric swallowing and feeding in peer reviewed journals.




Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

  • Nightly rate: $109.00 (price varies based on room availability)
  • Reservations or contact Jade LeBeauf at 713-577-1230

Angela Dumas