On Demand Webinar

Functional Approaches to Evaluation and Treatment of PFDs

Eligible for .4 ASHA CEUS, click here.

Course Description

In this 4 hour course, a panel of presenters will share ideas on how to collaborate with care team members to help their clients reach their most potential. Topics of discussion will include the Importance of Transitional Foods, the vitality of Occupational Therapy for pediatric feeding, and the benefits of bringing the blender to the tube. Finally, the last hour will be spent looking at two case studies with the presenters working through the evidence-based practice of assessment and treatment for a hypothetical individual with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as a second hypothetical case of an individual with Spastic Cerebral Palsy and a Seizure Disorder


Session 1: The Importance of Transitional Foods:

  • Describe what a transitional food is
  • Describe challenges of transitional foods and nutrition
  • Describe the intersection of cognition and mastication

Session 2: The Vitatlity of Occupational Therapy for PF:

  • Describe the Scope of Practice of an OT as pertains to PFD
  • Describe 3 challenges that an OT may face in treatment of a PFD.
  • Describe 3 possible solutions that may be used to treat a patient with a PFD.

Session 3: The Benefits of Bringing the Blender to the Tube:

  • Describe variations of “typical” tube feeding administrations and timelines.
  • Describe how a blenderized enteral feed compares to synthetic formula enteral feeds
  • Describe 3 ways in which blenderized enteral feeds increase PO appetite

Session 4: Round Table Case Studies: 

  • Describe roles and responsibilities of each discipline in evaluation of the two case studies.
  • Describe roles and responsibilities of each discipline in treatment of the two case studies.
  • Describe additional IPP members that will need to engage for continuity of care purposes.


Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP

Erin Forward MS, CCC-SLP

Reva Barewal, DDS

Elizabeth Halpin, MHS, OTR/L, SCFES

Melissa Blandford, MS RD, LDN