Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management
The purpose of this text is to provide basic information on the evaluation and management of infants and children with oral-motor function and ... Show synopsis The purpose of this text is to provide basic information on the evaluation and management of infants and children with oral-motor function and swallowing problems. The editors have assembled various specialists who are part of an oral-motor function and feeding team to present their contribution to the interdisciplinary treatment of these children. Normal anatomy, embryology and physiology of the upper aerodigestive tract are presented as a basis for discussing structural deviations and/or pathophysiology resulting in feeding and swallowing problems. Each chapter presents a specific aspect of assessment and treatment, describes who is responsible and how and why diagnostic or therapeutic procedures are performed. The concluding section of each chapter presents case studies exemplifying the interdisciplinary efforts of the team. Primarily intended for speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, neonatal care nurses, developmental paediatricians and nutritionists, the book should also be of interest to paediatric gastroenterologists and paediatric otolaryngologists.