The School of Health and Medical Sciences will be holding an Alumni Lecture series on Early Intervention for Speech, Language and Feeding Delays on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Nursing Building, Room 104. Early Intervention refers to the system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. Each state in the US has their own Early Intervention system that is regulated and funded by the government.
In New Jersey, a child is considered eligible for early intervention services if he or she is under the age of three and has at least 33% delay and/or a 25% delay in two or more of the following areas: physical development, cognitive development, communication, social or emotional development, and/or adaptive functioning.
In the alumni series talk hosted by the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, Lauren LaBarbera, a master's level clinician and alumna of Seton Hall University and Dr. Nina Capone, associate professor, will discuss two populations of children often served within the Early Intervention System: late talkers and children with feeding and swallowing delays (also referred to as dysphagia).
Ms. LaBarbera will first give an overview of her MS thesis work which examined the current state of the literature on late talking toddlers. Dr. Capone will then discuss her approach to assessment and intervention of infants and toddlers with dysphagia. Finally, Dr. Capone's current MS thesis student, Liane Allen, will introduce the current state of the literature in the area of pediatric dysphagia as well as the direction of her thesis project.
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