16th Annual Route 66 Conference

Saturday, January 01, 2011

16th Annual Route 66 Conference on Communication Disorders

Route 66The 16th Annual Route 66 Conference on Communication Disorders will be Held Friday, February 4, 2011. Click Here to Register Online. This year the conference will address Feeding Disorders: Assessment and Intervention Strategies.

The Route 66 Conference is sponsored by the Tulsa University Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (TUSSLHA). This professional conference is one of the few in the area organized by students. This year, the featured speaker is Mary “Polly” Tarbell. Ms. Tarbell is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years experience with pediatric feeding disorders.

Over the last 20 years or so there has been an increase in the population of children who are surviving prematurity and respiratory and cardiac problems. As a direct result of this increase in survival rate, there has been an increase in children with feeding difficulties. Children born with multiple complications are at greater risk for oral functional/feeding problems. These children experience many months/years of invasive oral procedures, are unable to regulate their own hunger/satiety and may miss out on the critical period of oral exploration and exposure (6 to 12 months). In addition, their ability to bond with a parent or experience independence/autonomy may be hindered. The result is a population of children who are tube dependent, highly hypersensitive and have had limited to no positive oral experiences with foods. Over the last 20 years, we have built a program specifically designed to meet the needs of this challenging population. The Encouragement Feeding program is an intensive, 2 to 3 week, day treatment program designed to begin the process of weaning a child from a feeding tube. Over 350 children from over 35 different states and 5 different countries have come through the program in the last 15 years.

Ms. Tarbell is the Director of the Encouragement Feeding Program at the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center. Her presentation for the Route 66 Conference will provide information about assessment and intervention strategies for children with feeding disorders. You can view the brochure and register online.

Conference Location
The University of Tulsa
Allen Chapman Activity Center
440 South Gary Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104

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Conference Registration Form (pdf. download)


Suzanne Thompson Stanton