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2021 ISHA Virtual Fall Conference


Overcoming Feeding and Swallowing Challenges in Infants Through School-Aged Children 

OCTOBER 9, 2021


Online registration closed October 8 at 12:00 pm EDT. To register, please contact the ISHA Office at admin@islha.org


Conference Schedule

All times are in Eastern Time Zone (EST)

8:00 am - 9:30 am Innovative Treatment For Infant Feeding Disorders (Ms. King)
9:30 am - 9:45 am Break
9:45 am - 11:15 am Skilled Breastfeeding Support: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Breastfeeding Challenges (Dr. Mahurin-Smith and Ms. Watson Genna)
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Break for lunch
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Overcome Feeding and Swallowing Challenges in Older Infants and Toddlers (Dr. Ferguson)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Break
1:45 pm - 3:45 pm Positive Eating Program: An Approach for Children With Feeding Challenges (Dr. Boggs, Ms. Greer)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Grand Rounds

Total Hours: 8 Hours (0.8 ASHA CEUs)


About the Presentations

Innovative Treatment For Infant Feeding Disorders
Shellie King, MS, CCC-SLP

This presentation is designed to provide innovative treatment strategies for the infant who presents with a medically complex history. Options for establishing a baseline to create the infant's feeding plan of care will be discussed. Content is tailored for the infant diagnosed with cleft lip and palate and the infant with tracheostomy and/or ventilator dependency. This course will encompass various phases of treatment plans for implementing feeding goals.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Label the phases of treatment for the targeted population.
  • Give two treatment strategies related to feeding plan of care.
  • Label barriers that inhibit progress for targeted population.

Skilled Breastfeeding Support: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Breastfeeding Challenges
Jamie Mahurin-Smith, PhD, CCC-SLP, IBCLC
Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

The large majority of new mothers in the US plan to breastfeed, but many of them encounter difficulties, particularly those whose infants face medical challenges. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can use strategies for at-breast assessment and intervention to support families in meeting their breastfeeding goals. With additional knowledge of breastfeeding behavior, SLPs can serve as valued members of the feeding team, collaborating with lactation consultants. For infants temporarily unable to breastfeed, SLPs can provide valuable assistance with the transition to direct breastfeeding.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three assessment strategies suitable for at-breast feeding evaluation
  • Identify three ways to modulate milk flow during breastfeeding to accommodate infant deficits in suck/swallow/breathe coordination.
  • Identify four ways in which breastfeeding lays a foundation for future well-being across multiple domains (feeding, cognition, language, speech, immunity).

Overcome Feeding and Swallowing Challenges in Older Infants and Toddlers
Neina Ferguson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Feeding and swallowing challenges in older infants and toddlers impact typically developing and disordered children. High levels of family distress and anxiety further complicate the parent-child relationship at mealtime. Overcoming feeding challenges requires a working knowledge of the development of a child's sense of self, motor and sensory skills needed to manage textured foods and strategies used to transcend the parent-child battle of wills.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how sense of self development impacts feeding skills in toddlers.
  • Describe strategies to transcend a parent-child battle of wills and facilitate food acceptance.
  • List developmental skills needed for a child to accept a variety of food textures.

Positive Eating Program: An Approach for Children With Feeding Challenges
Teresa Boggs, PhD, CCC-SLP
Lindsay Greer, CCC-SLP

This presentation will provide participants with instruction on the Positive Eating Program (PEP). Participants will gain knowledge on the developmental framework and the impact of the approach on children with sensory-behavioral based feeding challenges. Furthermore, participants will be provided assessment and treatment guidelines to address (1) developmentally appropriate food vocabulary, (2) positive food sensory and non-food sensory related play and (3) consistent, predictable and supportive food tries.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify behavioral assessment used to differentiate picky versus resistant eaters.
  • Recognize the components of the PEP approach and understand their rationale.
  • Discuss components of PEP to develop appropriate treatment activities.
  • Identify the relationship between food tries and anxiety for children with sensory-behavioral based feeding challenges.

Grand Rounds

Feeding difficulties arise across the whole lifespan and can be caused by medical, behavioral, and sensory difficulties. These feeding challenges can lead to a child becoming a picky eater, failure to thrive, or behaviorally difficult. Through this course, feeding therapists will have a better understanding of how to solve particular difficulties that have appeared in their therapy sessions. This is a time to problem solve and answer all feeding related questions.

Learner Outcomes: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to treat students with sensory feeding deficits by using food chaining. 
  • Explain the difference between feeding a newborn with cleft lip and palate and other facial abnormalities.
  • Describe how to begin first foods with a toddler who is averse to trying new foods.   




Conference Continuing Education


This course is offered for up to .8 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level)

Presenter Disclosures:

Teresa Boggs, PhD, CCC-SLP
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Boggs will receive an honorarium for this presentation from ISHA.
Non-Financial Disclosure:   Dr. Boggs has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Neina Ferguson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Ferguson will receive an honorarium for this presentation from ISHA.
Non-Financial Disclosure Dr. Ferguson has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Lindsay Greer, CCC-SLP
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Greer will receive an honorarium for this presentation from ISHA.
Non-Financial Disclosure:  Ms. Greer has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Shellie King, MS, CCC-SLP
Financial Disclosure: Ms. King will receive an honorarium for this presentation from ISHA.
Non-Financial Disclosure:   Ms. King has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Jamie Mahurin-Smith, PhD, CCC-SLP, IBCLC
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Mahurin-Smith will receive an honorarium for this presentation from ISHA.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Mahurin-Smith has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Watson Genna receives royalties from Jones & Bartlett Publishers for the book, Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, 3rd ed. She will receive an honorarium for this presentation from ISHA.
Non-Financial Disclosure:  Ms. Watson Genna has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Product Disclosure

Positive Eating Program will be mentioned during the presentation.  No other related products will be mentioned.


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