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Feeding and Nutrition in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disability



Feeding and Nutrition in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disability

Peter B. Sullivan (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-898-68360-5 July 2009 144 Pages


This book is written to assist those who have responsibility for the nutritional and gastrointestinal care of children with neurodisability. The emphasis throughout is on the importance of multidisciplinary care. It is concerned with the problems surrounding the nutritional management of children with neurological impairment who have difficulty swallowing and feeding. Written from a multidisciplinary perspective by a group of authors with considerable clinical and research experience in this area, it covers: ? The epidemiology of feeding disorders in children with cerebral palsy ? Nutritional assessment ? Evaluation of oral-motor function ? Dietetic management ? Nursing issues in the nutritional care of the disabled child ? Tube feeding ? Gastrointestinal problems and their investigation
List of contributors.

Foreword (Martin Bax).


INTRODUCTION (Peter B. Sullivan).

1. Feeding and nutrition in neurodevelopmental disability: an overview (Peter B. Sullivan).


3. Oral Motor Impairment and Swallowing Dysfunction: Assessment and Management (Sue Strudwick).

4. Feeding and Dietetic assessment and management (Bridget Lambert and Wee Meng Han).

5. The Multidisciplinary Team and the Practicalities of Nursing Care (Angharad Vernon-Roberts).

6. Gastrointestinal Disorders: Assessment and Management (Peter B Sullivan).

7. Gastrointestinal Disorders: Special Investigations (Astor Rodrigues).

Appendix 1: Cerebal Palsy Growth Charts.

APPENDIX 2: Useful Contacts and Websites.

APPENDIX 3: Nasogastric and Gastrostomy Tube Care Guidelines.

APPENDIX 4: Incorporating Nutrient-dense Foods into the Diet of Children with Feeding Problems.

APPENDIX 5: Formula and Supplemenmt Information.

APPENDIX 6: Form for Feeding and Dietary Assessment.


· Written by a multi-disciplinary team of paediatrician, dietitians, speech and language therapist and clinical nurse specialist

· Highly practical guide for healthcare workers responsible for the nutritional needs of children with neurological impairment.

· Lists, boxes and tables highlight important information clearly