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Episode 229: Comprehensive & Collaborative Feeding Therapy with Karyn Johnson-Fernandez & Dr. Hope Reyes

In this week’s podcast episode, join Hallie, Karyn Johnson-Fernandez  MS, OTR/L, SWC, CBS and Dr. Hope Reyes, PT, DPT, CBS as they have an insightful conversation about Comprehensive & Collaborative Feeding Therapy. 

Karyn and Dr. Hope have created a beautiful model, blending their occupational and physical therapy backgrounds, respectively, to assess and treat pediatric feeding. They are advocates for collaborative care, and share how they approach the littlest of patients and their caregivers. 

They dive into a variety of topics from the need for therapists to build trust with the child & caregiver, educate families, and encourage them to trust their gut, to how their practice has changed (for the better) since having the necessary time and resources to provide a comprehensive service. 

This episode is definitely jam-packed with helpful information for professionals and parents!

If this episode has resonated with you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag Hallie @halliebulkin, Karyn @foodisfunletseat, and Dr. Hope @movingmunchkins 

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How an OT and PT Collaborate on Infant Feeding Cases 
  • The Benefits of Collaborative Feeding Assessments/Therapy Sessions
  • Observation as a part of the therapeutic process
  • Building Trust, Rapport & Connections with Pediatric Patients & Their Caregivers
  • The Power of Education and Comfort to Facilitate Home Practice 
  • The Importance of Reassuring Caregivers Post-Release Surgery (for Tethered Oral Tissues)
  • The Benefits of Early Intervention
  • Trust Your Mom Gut: Seeking Early Intervention for Babies and Young Kids 
  • Validate Then Educate to Treat Parents and Patients Right 
  • The Difference Between Quantity vs Quality in Pediatric Feeding Therapy 
  • Learning From Mistakes: The Benefits of Evidence-Based Practice for New Graduate Therapists 
  • Giving Yourself Time and Patience for Success 


Pediatric feeding screenings are critical! All pediatric SLPs & OTs should know how to screen, even if you don’t work in ped feeding! 

If a child has a speech sound disorder and/or sensory feeding challenges there’s likely an oral motor deficit at play. We need to screen all of our pediatric patients to know if further evaluation is needed. Afterall, if additional services are needed, it’s our job to provide them and help our littlest patients function optimally! 

If you’re an SLP or OT (students welcome, too!), join Hallie and thousands of your SLP & OT colleagues for a FREE 5-day training and screen your first pediatric feeding patient. Over 18,113+ SLPs & OTs have already completed this free training. Now it’s YOUR TURN! 

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Free training August 21-25, 2023: Hallie will bring the patients!
  • 5 Hours on a certificate of completion to count toward your renewal hours.
  • Opportunity to earn 1 of 5 Full Scholarships  [2 needs based] to the 12-week Feed The Peds® course
  • A free pediatric feeding screening packet.

Inside the free screening packet, you’ll find:

  • A pediatric development chart from birth to 36 months of age 
  • A checklist with the 50 most common symptoms 
  • A chart to easily organize findings & determine if further assessment is needed
  • A referral form to easily refer patients to other specialists, when needed

Doors to Feed The Peds® [the 12-week course] will be open August 28th-September 1, 2023! 

Bonus: enroll in the 12 week course and you’ll get the 5 hours from the free training for official ASHA and AOTA CEUs!


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