Program Description

 This whole day workshop will focus on 2 specific, yet correlated feeding difficulties: an aberrant sensory system and disordered chewing skills. This course will teach numerous interventions to provide the audience with immediately applicable strategies to use with their caseload. A strong focus on developmental appropriateness, research efficacy and parent training is intertwined into the material to help support rationales made for these difficulties.  The use of videos and real life experience makes this course engaging, interactive and functional to any Speech and Language Pathologist looking to make real progress with the children on their caseload with feeding and swallowing disorders.

Target Audience:

  • Speech Pathologists

Time-Ordered Agenda

8:00-8:30               Registration 

8:30–9:30              The Developing Sensory System 

9:30-10:15             Aberrant Sensory Systems

10:15-10:30           Break 

10:30-11:00           The Affect of an Aberrant Sensory Systems on Normal Feeding Skill Acquisitions

11:00-12:00           Treatment Strategies to Normalize Aberrant Sensory Systems

12:00-1:00             Lunch

1:00-1:30               Delayed vs Disordered Chewing skills

1:30-2:45               Treatment of Disordered Chewing skills

2:45-3:00               Break

3:00-3:30               Videos and Case Examples

3:34-4:00               Questions & Answers

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between delayed and disordered chewing patterns
  • Identify key components of a child’s sensory system and how it affects feeding skill acquisition.
  • Understand developmental milestones to support rationales for therapy techniques
  • Provide appropriate therapy to establish and maintain progress with their caseloads 


Louisa Ferrara, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S  is a Pediatric Specialist in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders with advanced training in clinical/ instrumental assessment and treatment of swallowing. Ms. Ferrara is recognized as an expert in swallowing/feeding across the continuum of pediatric settings, including neonates, medically fragile infants, and children through school age. She is an ASHA Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.  Ms. Ferrara currently works at the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop University Hospital, where she developed and continues to improve the feeding program within their Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is the lead investigator on 3 clinical research studies assessing the swallow mechanism in preterm infants utilizing Videofluroscopic Swallow Studies. Ms. Ferrara lectures to physicians, nurses and therapists on topics including: Neonatal and Pediatric Dysphagia, NICU feeding Challenges, Feeding Assessments and Therapy, as well as related topics including GE reflux, cardio-respiratory events and oral aversions. Ms. Ferrara is scheduled to complete her Doctor of Philosophy in Speech and Language Pathology, from Adelphi University, in May of 2017.​

Speakers Financial & Non-Financial Disclosures 

Financial: Ms. Ferrara is currently on staff at the Children's Medical Center at Winthrop University Hospital where she is the lead investigator of 3 ongoing clinical research studies.  Ms. Ferrera is receiving an honorarium from the Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children.

Nonfinancial: Louisa Ferrara is a current member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; The American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders; Dysphagia Research Society and National Association of Neonatal Therapists

Fee Schedule

Registration by November 18, 2016 -  $175.00

Group Registration by November 18, 2016 (5 or more) - $165.00

Student (with Student ID) by November 18, 2016 - $140.00

Registration after November 18, 2016 - $190.00

For Further Information, please contact Kimberly Neary or Jessica Resnick 516-520-6076 or email at

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders:

Targeting Chewing Skills  and the Aberrant Sensory System