A proposed multidisciplinary approach for identifying feeding abnormalities in children with cerebral palsy

Amelia Santoro, Maria Bianca Dasso Lang, Elena Moretti, Stefano Sellari-Franceschini, Laura Orazini, Paola Cipriani, Giovanni Cioni, Roberta Battini

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Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, frequently have associated oral motor dysfunction, which leads to feeding difficulties, risk of aspiration, prolonged feeding times, and malnutrition with its attendant physical compromise. The authors propose a comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment, including neurological and dysphagia examination and ear, nose, and throat examination, to evaluate clinical indicators and severity of feeding impairment in children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders. A representative sample of 40 children with cerebral palsy (spastic, dyskinetic, or mixed), intellectual disability, and feeding problems was included in the study. A specific multidisciplinary evaluation and standardized mealtime observation in patients with cerebral palsy appear feasible and appropriate to recognize proactive indicators of dysphagia and to establish personalized programs of gastric and rehabilitative interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-712
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012



  • deglutition
  • deglutition disorders
  • feeding problems
  • infantile cerebral palsy
  • multidisciplinary team

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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