On Friday, March 8, 2019, the UNC Feeding Team hosted a day-long symposium entitled “Food, Function and Feeding:  A Collaborative Approach to Pediatric Feeding Difficulties at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC.  The event was attended by over 250 participants representing a wide range of medical professionals from across the state of North Carolina and beyond with a vested interest in this very complex pediatric population.

Our featured speakers covered an array of hot topics that highlighted the current state of the art in best practices for the care of pediatric feeding disorders.

Dr. Sherri Cohen, Medical Director of the Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center and Program Director of the Nutrition Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) reported on her program’s approach to medical management of feeding disorders.

Sue Thoyre, PhD, RN, a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a founding member of The Feeding Flock presented her research on the development of a variety of assessment tools for the evaluation of pediatric feeding dysfunction.

Our own UNC Feeding Team experts presented several featured sessions including:

  • It Takes a Village: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing Pediatric Feeding Difficulties

Kristen Cole, MSN CPNP, Sharon Wallace, RD, CSP, LDN, Krisi Brackett MS SLP-CCC

  • The Ins and Outs of Medical Management for Children with Feeding Difficulties

Victoria Powell, MSN CPNP and Maureen Kelly, DNP CPNP

  • Food for Thought: Deciphering Decision Making with Infant and Pediatric Formula

Kelly Brower, RD CSP LDN and Kerry Gibson, RD CNSC LDN

  •  Follow the Swallow: The Comprehensive Approach to Pediatric Dysphagia

Krisi Brackett, MS SLP-CCC and Sarah Studley, MS SLP-CCC