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Coming to the Table: Feeding Support for Children With Medical Complexities (WEB19962)

Presenter(s): Marianne E. Gellert-Jones, MA, CCC-SLP
Course Description

This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference—explores how to use the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework to develop comprehensive feeding support and caregiver training plans for children with complex medical needs. The speaker discusses the multifaceted impact medical complexities have on oral feeding and how the ICF framework can influence the assessment of a child’s feeding needs.

Related Courses

This course is part of Key Courses on Feeding and Swallowing in Schools.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Using the ICF, list elements of assessment that can impact oral feeding in children with medical complexities
  • Develop appropriate feeding support plans using the components of ICF as a roadmap
  • Train caregivers engaged in feeding medically complex children

Presenter Information

Marianne E. Gellert-Jones, MA, CCC-SLP, has been working in pediatrics for over 30 years. She has spent her career focusing on providing speech-language, AAC, and feeding/dysphagia services within the pediatric population. Since October 1998, she has been on staff at the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, where she holds positions as both a speech-language pathologist and as the school’s clinical feeding specialist. During her time at HMS, she has initiated school-wide programs that address the issues of feeding/dysphagia, respiration, and communication/AAC. In her current role as the clinical feeding specialist at HMS, she is charged with providing feeding training for all educational and clinical staff, as well as completing in-depth feeding assessments, as needed, for all students. She has presented numerous presentations and workshops in the areas of feeding, speech/language/AAC, and respiration for interprofessional colleagues and families of children with complex medical needs. Gellert-Jones previously held appointments as a speech-language pathologist at Thomas Jefferson University Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital and as a dysphagia specialist at the Children’s Seashore House Pediatric Center for Dysphagia and Feeding Management. She completed her training and is certified in Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment and continues her training to include advanced course work in NDT, dysphagia, and respiration.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy 
  • Complimentary Connect registration

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: July 8, 2020
End date: July 8, 2025

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.15
Item #(s): WEB19962
Available Through: July 08, 2025