The Feeding Pod was created by an SLP and Dietitian with the purpose of providing easy to access, evidence-based information about pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. Our goal is to support students up to seasoned clinicians in providing better care for patients with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and their families. We bring first-hand experiences, research, and guests to discuss this multi-faceted topic. Your hosts, Brianna Miluk, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC and Olivia Whitaker, MS, RDN, LD CLC, are here to provide valuable information and support you along your journey.
BONUS! Medication and Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing
Bri and Olivia come together for a brief, but important episode on medications and their impact on feeding and swallowing. They discuss more common medications that may impact a child’s desire and ability to eat/drink, as well as the side effects that may occur. They further go into why this is important to be aware of and how, as a healthcare professional, we can navigate these side effects with feeding therapy.
2-10 Functional Oral Motor Examination
In this episode, Bri is accompanied by Dr. Katherine Sanchez, PhD, CPSP to discuss the oh so confusing, but oh so important, functional oral motor exam. This episode discusses what to include in an oral motor assessment, tips to support completing an oral motor exam in pediatrics (we all know how hard this can be!), and what to consider for a FUNCTIONAL assessment. The episode ends with case study examples demonstrating the importance of considering the why and function behind each task.
2-9 Pediatric Oncology
Kristin Lyons, MS, CCC-SLP joins Bri on this episode to share the common types of pediatric cancer and how cancer impacts feeding and swallowing skills. Kristin also discusses the various types of treatment for pediatric cancer, cancer treatment side effects on speech, feeding, and swallowing skills, and the Speech Language Pathologist's (SLP) role in pediatric cancer. This is a special niche within the SLP field that, trust us, you want to learn more about!
2-8 Importance of Feeding Matters
In this episode, Bri is accompanied by Jaclyn Pederson, MHI, CEO of Feeding Matters. This episode focuses on discussing what Feeding Matters is, what resources Feeding Matters provides to families and professionals, the diagnostic codes for Pediatric Feeding Disorders, and how to become a volunteer at Feeding Matters.
2-7 A Family’s Journey with Pediatric Dysphagia
This episode features Dr. Taylor Arnold, who is a registered pediatric dietitian with a PhD in nutrition. This episode focuses on discussing the parent's perspective of a child with dysphagia, surgical options for laryngeal cleft, treatment options for pediatric aspiration, and provides additional resources to further understanding.
2-6 Pediatric Dysphagia and Thickener
In this episode, Bri is accompanied by Alyson Ware, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC to discuss pediatric dysphagia, thickeners, and treatment methods to support swallowing. Bri and Alyson go through the pros and cons of each type of thickener, as well as the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) testing methods. They dive deep into motor learning principles and how to apply these to dysphagia therapy to support systematically weaning a child from thickener. The episode ends with case studies to support integrating knowledge obtained. Enjoy!
If you’re obsessed with all things feeding and swallowing....
Then add this to your list of favorite podcasts. I love how the cohosts invite people from multiple disciplines to bring in the different “pieces” to the feeding and swallowing intervention “puzzle”! We need more people to be honest about their experiences. We need more people to provide usable resources and share evidence based techniques and approaches to help treat our patients with PFDs. We need more people who put patients and families first and don’t prescribe some cookie cutter model to feeding therapy. Because there is no “right way” or “only way” to feeding and swallowing intervention 💗
Keep it up!
I have had the privilege of learning to be an SLP alongside co-host Brianna Miluk! Her passion for her patients and pediatric feeding disorders is evident in any professional conversation you have with her. I’m thrilled she has jumped into so many various platforms and used her abilities to network, advocate, and educate for pediatric patients struggling with a variety of pediatric feeding disorders. These podcasts provide bursts of applicable information and pose thoughts that can influence one’s practice for the better. Keep it up, Bri! Let your gift shine- there’s so many learning from you :)
favorite resource for all things feeding. appreciate you both!