Making Connections: Pediatric Feeding and the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


ALLYSON: When a family
has a baby that’s not eating
or a child who’s
not progressing,
it creates a tremendous
amount of stress.
They often feel like there’s
something I must be doing wrong.
Very nice. There we go! Oh! What’s going on? What’s going on? You are often in
a space of stress and intimacy with the families. Let’s see.
Do you see the ladybug?! Oh! There it is. There’s a ladybug.
Oh, let’s see!Babies do give us a lot of
information when they are
feeling stress around
the act of eating.
[laughter]
La la la la la! That’s funny. Do you ever see her
stick her tongue out?A common issue that we have,
a lot of babies have reflux
that can be very painful.There’s a great deal of
comfort for the families
when they meet
someone that can say,
“Oh, I see what’s
happening here.”
Bubbles?!
[crying]Babies will always do
what they need to do
to make themselves as safe
as they can be.
Yum, yum, yum!When that’s not understood,
or it’s running interference
with their being able to eat,
families are reassured
when someone can say, “Oh! I see what’s happening
here. We just need to adjust this so she can
move on and be successful.”

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