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 Eat - Drink - Be Nourished 

Dana Hearnsberger,MS,CCC-SLP
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


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Course Fee

$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

Dates Pending 

Light Breakfast
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Class Size Limited

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Learner Outcomes

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

Course Description


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.

Cooperative Sponsor

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