Global Webinar Series

Global’s webinar series is one of the many benefits of Global Down Syndrome Foundation membership. Without our members, these important webinars would not be possible. Each quarter, Global presents a webinar featuring renowned scientists, doctors, researchers, and/or professionals in the Down syndrome community. These online, interactive presentations range from medical care and health and wellness to crucial research including topics such as:

Physical Therapy

Behavioral Issues (in different age groups)

Speech, Language, and Communication

Alzheimer’s Disease and Down syndrome

Autoimmune Disorders and Down syndrome

Cancer and Down syndrome

These webinars are a wonderful opportunity to learn from the professionals in the Down syndrome community.
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Developing an Individualized Feeding Plan for Your Child With Down Syndrome

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
12pm – 1pm MST

Registration Closed

Meet the team of experts: Bridget Harrington, MA, CCC-SLP, Carol Spicer, OTR/L, Arwen Jackson, MA, CCC-SLP, Jennifer Maybee, OTR, MA, CCC-SLP, and Margaret Spring, MS, OTR/L

There are many factors that impact the development of functional feeding skills in children with Down syndrome. In this webinar, presenters will introduce a framework for evaluating feeding in the areas of development, physiology, environment and medical status. For each area that impacts feeding, presenters will discuss accommodations that optimize meaningful mealtime participation. Specific attention will be paid to complex decision making for the development of feeding plans in patients with swallowing. Listeners will be able to identify resources to support a developmentally appropriate feeding plan.

The webinar presenters are clinical experts in feeding and swallowing at the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children's Hospital Colorado staffing a number of medical specialty clinics including  Aerodigestive Program, and Feeding and Swallowing Program. These clinicians have contributed significantly to the advancement of clinical research and education for pediatric patients with Down syndrome. Learn more about the expert team.

This important webinar will be held online, and participants will have the opportunity to view the presentation and listen live as the presenters provide key information and answer questions. Please RSVP today. Once you have completed your registration you will receive an email confirmation with the meeting link and audio access information.

This webinar is one of the many benefits associated with Global Down Syndrome Foundation Membership. Learn more about Global’s award-winning magazine, Down Syndrome World™, and how to become a Global Member today.

Margaret Spring, MS, OTR/L is an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She specializes in treating and evaluating Children who are medically complex. She has worked in the Swallow Disorders Clinic, Aerodigestive Clinic, Rett Clinic, and FEES Clinic. She has presented nationally and internationally on feeding and swallowing disorders.

Jennifer Maybee, OTR, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with the Aerodigestive, Swallowing and Cleft and Craniofacial Programs at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In addition to her clinical work, Jennifer is interested in developing evidence-based clinical care guidelines for special populations of children with dysphagia, in particular, for children with Down syndrome and tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia.

Arwen Jackson, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with 8 years of pediatric experience at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has special interest in working with children with complex medical diagnoses including Down syndrome, tracheostomy, and voice disorders. She has presented nationally on evidenced-based practice guidelines specific to feeding and swallowing for these patient populations.

Bridget Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In her 15 years of experience as a pediatric speech-language pathologist, she has specialized in diagnosing and treating pediatric voice and swallowing disorders and has presented nationally on these topics. Ms. Harrington has special interest in working with children in the cleft/craniofacial population as well as children with complex aerodigestive disorders, including children with Down Syndrome.

Carol Spicer, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and has worked specifically with feeding challenges in pediatrics for 30 years. She worked in the neonatal intensive care unit for 14 years with specific training in neurodevelopmental treatment and working with children with vision and hearing loss. She has had the opportunity to work on several research grants with The Gerber Foundation and Institute for Educational Sciences. Along the way, she has had the honor of presenting and lecturing at multiple conferences in Colorado and in multiple states.


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