First Bite #168 – November 17, 2021

Evolution in Practice for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders with Dr. Memorie Gosa!

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by none other than the PFD leader Memorie Gosa, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, who is also an associate professor and Chair in the Communicative Disorders Department at The University of Alabama…and the Chair of the Inaugural 2021 Pediatric Normal and Disordered Feeding & Swallowing Topic Committee for the ASHA 2021 Convention! If you are heading to the Washington D.C. this year, or tuning in online, well then you will want to listen to this episode first ☺ Over the course of an hour Dr. Gosa shares the origins of pediatric dysphagia and pediatric feeding disorder, the evolution in best practice for treatment, how to ensure that you are currently engaging in current evidenced-based practice…and teases out the “must see” invited Pediatric Normal and Disordered Feeding & Swallowing Lectures. If you’re hungry for the back story of PFD and where we are headed as a profession…well then this is the episode for you! Bon Appetite!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • The history/origin of pediatric dysphagia and the term pediatric feeding disorder.
  • The history of treatment for PFD.
  • How to identify and implement current evidenced-based practice for treatment of PFD.


Memorie Gosa, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Memorie Gosa, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a pediatric speech-language pathologist, board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders, an associate professor and chair in the Communicative Disorders Department at The University of Alabama. She has approximately 20 years of clinical experience in pediatric dysphagia. Her research focuses on exploring the reliability and validity of common assessment tools and treatment techniques used in the diagnosis and management of dysphagia in pediatric populations. She has published book chapters and peer-reviewed papers on these topics and she frequently presents both nationally and internationally on the topic of pediatric dysphagia. She is also the co-editor of the recent textbook, Assessing and Managing Dysphagia, A Lifespan Perspective.