This presentation covers a brief overview of cerebral palsy as well as typical feeding and swallowing development with an emphasis on sensory-motor feeding development. The types of feeding difficulties commonly seen in children with cerebral palsy and how to assess these difficulties are detailed through the use of clinical observation and the EDACS.
The management of feeding difficulties includes sections pertaining to health and nutrition, postural considerations, sensory motor concerns as well as relational components of eating.
The course is geared towards therapists working with children with cerebral palsy and includes relevant, evidence based strategies and techniques. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking and reasoning to empower therapists to be able to evaluate and work with children with a range of difficulties and needs.