presented by Jennifer Pitonyak
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Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES
Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, is a licensed occupational therapist with 20 years of clinical experience working with children with feeding difficulties. She has previously worked in both inpatient and outpatient multidisciplinary feeding programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, providing occupational therapy services to children with oral motor…Read full bio
1. Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing: Body Structures
Feeding, eating, and swallowing require the function of numerous body structures. Dr. Pitonyak begins by defining feeding and eating according to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 3rd Edition (AOTA, 2014), and then reviews body structures of the upper aerodigestive tract.
2. Stages of Deglutition: The Physiological Process of Swallowing
In this chapter, Dr. Pitonyak reviews the physiological process of swallowing. Participants will begin to identify and understand three different phases of this process: oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal.
3. Developmental Skills Necessary for Feeding and Eating
In this chapter, Dr. Pitonyak examines the relationship between client factors and necessary performance skills for feeding and eating. Developmental skills necessary for feeding and eating from birth through early childhood are reviewed.