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MSHA March 5th Event: Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing

  • 05 Mar 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Emerson College, 216 Tremont Street, Bill Bordy Theater, First Floor, Boston, MA


  • [Includes one-year membership]

Registration is closed

This workshop is being offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs 

(Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Register online or download a paper registration form.


Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing in the Acute Rehabilitation Setting

Presenter: Lynette Holmes, MS, CCC-SLP

The respiratory compromised pediatric patient seen in the acute rehabilitation setting has changed over the years; however, pediatric feeding and swallowing issues remain. Treating pediatric patients with feeding and swallowing issues requires a team based approach as one must take into consideration medical status, developmental changes, planning for future surgeries, and their family needs and expectations. This talk will address considerations, recommendations and accommodations that are made specifically for the respiratory compromised pediatric patient when targeting feeding and swallowing in the acute rehabilitation setting prior to their discharge home.


Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing in the Clinical Setting

Presenter: Arden Hill, MS, CCC-SLP

Pediatric feeding and swallowing issues are often addressed as an outpatient in clinical settings. While some children come to us from acute care or a rehabilitation stay, we are often the first stop for assessment and treatment. This talk will address common issues seen in clinical practice of infants and children with feeding and swallowing difficulties and how best to triage, manage, and generalize improved feeding and swallowing to the home environment.


  1. Identify three facts regarding changes in the respiratory compromised pediatric population and its affect on the SLPs practice when treating feeding/swallowing issues;
  2. Identify three accommodations/modifications made when treating feeding/swallowing in the respiratory compromised population;
  3. Identify three factors to increase success in generalizing the feeding/swallowing gains made in the acute rehabilitation setting into the home setting;
  4. Understand the difference between acid and non-acid based reflux and their impact on feeding;
  5. Describe the differences between several feeding therapy approaches;
  6. Learn strategies for improving generalization of feeding and swallowing skills to the home environment.

Member: $150

Non-Member (includes one year membership): $225

Student Member: $75


8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:30 Introduction to the respiratory compromised pediatric population and acute rehabilitation of the respiratory compromised pediatric patient

9:30- 10:30 Assessment and treatment of the respiratory compromised pediatric patient

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 The transition home and maintaining feeding/ swallowing status: Case Studies

11:45-12:00 Questions

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:30 Common feeding and swallowing issues seen in the clinical setting

1:30- 2:20 Triage: Differential diagnoses of interfering factors

2:20-2:35 Break

2:35-3:20 Treatment: Management of those differences

3:20-3:50 Generalization: How do we get them to do it at home?

3:50-4:30 Case Study and open discussion


Lynette Holmes, MS, CCC-SLP
Lynette Holmes, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist who works at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Charlestown, MA) as a Clinical Specialist on their Pediatric and Adolescent unit. She specializes in the medically complex pediatric patient with a special interest in the neurologically and respiratory compromised pt with dysphagia. She is also an Adjunct Professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions where she teaches a Trach/vent course and she serves as a Clinical Supervisor. In addition, she is one of the coordinators for the Boston Pediatric Dysphagia Grand Rounds. Lynette obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA. and her Master of Science Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma, OK.

Disclosure Statement:

Financial: Lynette receives a salary for employment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Lynette is also receiving an honorarium for teaching and speaking.

Non-financial: No non-financial relationship exists.

Arden Hill, MS, CCC-SLP
Arden Hill, MS, CCC-SLP has been studying and working in the field of speech pathology since 1987. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. After obtaining her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison she returned to Boston to do her clinical fellowship at Children’s Hospital, Boston where she serviced patients in the Swallowing Disorder’s Program, as well as the Craniofacial and Cleft Lip and Palate Programs. In 2003, Arden and Marnie Millington created Children’s Speech & Feeding Therapy, Inc. which is located in Needham, MA. In addition to her work at the clinic helping children and training colleagues, Arden has been an adjunct professor at Emerson College since 2003, and trains fifteen graduate students per year in the skills necessary to provide therapy to children with feeding and swallowing disorders.

Disclosure Statement:

Financial: Arden receives a salary for employment as an Educational Audiologist on the Hear Team of the Boston Public Schools. Arden is also receiving an honorarium for teaching and speaking.

Non-financial: No non-financial relationship exists.


Dress is business casual for this event.
Lunch is included, please let us know if there are any dietary restrictions.

Special thanks to our host, Emerson College.

Parking in the Area

VPNE Parking - 47 Boylston Street

SP+ Parking - 42 Larange Street

City Place Garage/Pilgrim Parking - 8 Park Plaza

Boston Common Garage - 139 Tremont Street

Getting there by "T"

Emerson College can be reached by subway via the Green Line or the Orange Line of the MBTA. From downtown Boston, take any Green Line train outbound to the Boylston stop. The campus can also be reached from downtown via the Orange Line by taking any train going outbound to Forest Hills and getting off at either Tufts Medical Center or the Chinatown Stop. Commuter rail lines connect with the Orange Line at Ruggles Station, Back Bay Station, and North Station. For more information on public transportation, visit the MBTA website here.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be received in writing before Wednesday, February 24th. Cancellations after the cancellation date, or not submitted in writing will be subject to full billing.

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