Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, Third Edition




The Leading Textbook Addressing Assessment and Management of Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding.

Third Edition

This updated text provides practical information for clinicians seeing children with swallowing and feeding disorders. Since the 2002 publication of the second edition, there has been an exponential increase in the number of medically fragile and complex children with swallowing and feeding disorders. A corresponding proliferation in the related basic and clinical research has resulted in the increased appreciation of the complicated inter-relationships between structures and systems that contribute to swallowing/feeding development, function, and disorders.

New to the Third Edition

  • Maureen A. Lefton-Greif, PhD, CCC-SLP, is welcomed as co-editor. She brings extensive research expertise and clinical practice in pediatric dysphagia and feeding.
  • All chapters contain significant updated evidence-based research and clinical information.
  • New chapters focus on the genetic testing and conditions associated with swallowing and feeding disorders, and the pulmonary manifestations and management of aspiration.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) description of an International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) sets the stage for an in-depth discussion of clinical feeding evaluation procedures, interpretation, and management decision making.
  • Case studies throughout the book provide examples for decision making and highlight salient points.

Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1: Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment.
  • Chapter 2: Anatomy, Embryology, Physiology, and Normal Development.
  • Chapter 3: Neurodevelopmental Assessment of Swallowing and Feeding.
  • Chapter 4: The Upper Airway and Swallowing.
  • Chapter 5: Pediatric Gastroenterology.
  • Chapter 6: Pediatric Nutrition.
  • Chapter 7: Clinical Swallowing and Feeding Assessment.
  • Chapter 8: Instrumental Evaluation of Swallowing.
  • Chapter 9: Management of Swallowing and Feeding Disorders.
  • Chapter 10: Pulmonary Manifestations and Management Considerations for Aspiration.
  • Chapter 11: Drooling and Saliva/Secretion Management.
  • Chapter 12: Clinical Genetics: Evaluation and Management of Patients With Craniofacial Anomalies Associated With Feeding Disorders.
  • Chapter 13: Behavioral Feeding Disorders: Etiologies, Manifestations, and Management.

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What's Included

  • 7 x 10" softcover
  • 602 pages
  • ©2020

Target Audience

For all healthcare professionals who provide care for children with swallowing and feeding disorders.


Joan C. Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, BCS-S, ASHA Honors & Fellow, is a leading expert and international lecturer on feeding and swallowing disorders in infants and children. She is Coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She is also a Clinical Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Arvedson is co-author of Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 3rd Edition (with L. Brodsky & M. Lefton-Greif).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Joan Arvedson is the author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Joan Arvedson is the author of Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 3rd Edition; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Joan Arvedson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Linda Brodsky

Linda Brodsky, MD, (1952–2014), an internationally recognized pediatric otolaryngologist, was Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo/Kaleida Health in Buffalo, New York; Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School; Director of the Children Hospital’s Center for Pediatric Otolaryngology and Communication Disorders.

Maureen Lefton-Greif

Maureen Lefton-Greif, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, is Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She is an internationally recognized speech-language pathologist for her clinical expertise and research on swallowing and its development and disorders in children of all ages.

Customer Reviews

"The present book is a comprehensive standard work in its 3rd edition, which was published more than 25 years after the first edition. It is aimed at all professional groups dealing with pediatric dysphagia, eating/drinking and feeding disorders. The content is divided into 13 chapters [...] The chapters are supplemented by study sheets, templates for documentation and observation, and case studies. Of particular interest here is the approach as a "team evaluation" with a clear presentation from the different areas, whereby the team is composed differently depending on the case and inpatient and outpatient teams are also differentiated."
—Annette Münsterer, in Forum Logopädie

"Its contents inform speech and language specialists on the nature of swallowing, the etiology of relevant diseases, methods to evaluate disorders, and evidence-based therapies in the interventions for feeding problems in infants and children. In addition, the book could be useful for the pediatrician, gastroenterologist, otorhinolaryngology, occupational therapist, psychiatrist, nurses, lactation consultants, and families of children with feeding/swallowing problems. Intervention approaches are illustrated with case reports. In the third edition of this book, novel approaches and evaluation methods are discussed. In Chapters three to eight, the most important screening methods and instrumental evaluation (for example FEES, VFSS and ultrasound), as well as clinical evaluation of swallowing are presented. The advantages, disadvantages, implementation of each method is discussed in the ninth to thirteenth chapters, mainly focusing on interventions."
—Shamim Ghaz, Department of Speech Therapy, School of Paramedical Sciences, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, in World Nutrition journal

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