Speech-Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist
Dana has 18 years of clinical experience as a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in feeding-swallowing. She completed her undergraduate education at Texas Tech University and her graduate education in Speech-Language Pathology at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has served families in pediatric outpatient, educational, hospital, home health and early intervention settings in Texas and North Carolina. Dana has extensive experience and specialized training in the area of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She sees infants who struggle with appropriate development of coordination for breast and bottle feeding as well as older babies who struggle to transition from one food stage to the next. Dana also works with toddlers and older children who are very restrictive eaters and often lack the oral sensorimotor skills (biting, chewing, swallowing) to eat an age-appropriate diet. Dana has been trained in Sensory Integrative strategies, Tummy Time Method, Food Chaining, and Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Feeding Solutions.
Dana is licensed in the State of Texas and certified by The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Dana Hearnsberger, MS, CCC-SLP
Do you have a question or want a flyer or brochure to share with colleagues? Would you like to host a private course for your staff? Dana is happy to help!
$295.00/person - public course
$325.00/person - private course of 10 or less attendees plus travel expenses
Discount available for graduate students.
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Course Dates 2018
Class Size Limited
At the end of this course, learners will be able to:
Describe prevalence of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders
List variety of medical conditions contributing to pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders
Identify critical anatomy, physiology, and body systems involved in feeding and swallowing process
Describe sensorimotor skills in normal development of feeding and swallowing
Outline basic nutritional guidelines
Describe dental development in children
Describe general assessment process and general treatment planning
Describe introduction to treatment (tools and strategies) to assist in development of appropriate pre-feeding and feeding skills
This 10-hour course (1.5 days) will provide clinicians with a strong foundation of essential information as well as introduction to strategies and tools to help address feeding and swallowing issues in the birth to five population. Designed for therapists at the entry to intermediate level of practice or more seasoned clinicians who would like a review of pediatric feeding and swallowing, this course will provide an overview of the nature of feeding/swallowing in young children and body systems involved in the feeding/swallowing process. Course will utilize normal development as a guide to general assessment process, general treatment planning and on-going therapeutic assessment. Strategies to prepare child for structured feeding therapy along with practical suggestions, tools, and equipment for direct intervention will also be included. Through lecture, case studies and video examples, course participants will enhance their foundation of knowledge to develop stronger clinical skills in the area of pediatric feeding and swallowing.
The University of Houston - ASHA-approved CE Provider - is the cooperative sponsor for this course.
Continuing Education Credit
Offering 10 hours (.10 CEUs) of ASHA-approved continuing education credit