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This presentation will describe and define PFDs and describe research we have conducted to develop a screening tool extracting items from the ICFQ© and future goals for creating a screening instrument for use in infants and children up to 4 years of age. We will also describe our vision for implementation of such a tool in pediatric primary care settings that would lead to earlier identification and referral of children with PFD to appropriate specialists for treatment. We believe that such a tool would reduce current PFD medical and nutritional complication rates that reduce the need for invasive treatments in affected children.

Speakers Credentials

Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, PhD, CCC-SLP is a Professor in the Division of Otolaryngology, Clinic Director for the Voice Disorders Center, and Adjunct Faculty to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Utah. She has 30 years of clinical and basic/clinical research experience with voice, breathing, and swallowing disorders. She has contributed toward the development of a pediatric feeding and swallowing screening instrument in collaboration with Dr. Silverman and Feeding Matters in 2010. She also served on the Professional Advisory Committee for Feeding Matters (formerly known as POPSICLE) from 2009-2013, co-chair of the Research and Education Committee from 2010-2017, and has been a member of the Feeding Matters Professional Executive Council since 2013. 

Alan Silverman, PhD is Pediatric Psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His primary clinical services are provided through the section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition working with families of children diagnosed with Pediatric Feeding Disorders. He leads the research efforts of the interdisciplinary feeding program at the Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin, which includes studies of disease etiology, treatment efficacy, and technology-based interventions. He is an internationally known researcher and lecturer with numerous grants and over 30 original publications. He has contributed toward the development of a pediatric feeding and swallowing screening instrument in collaboration with Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer and Feeding Matters in 2010. He has served on the Medical Professional Council of Feeding Matters from 2010-2019 and acted as co-chair of the Research Committee from 2010-2017.