Awareness and Knowledge of Speech Language Pathologists regarding Pediatric Feeding Disorders

Awareness and Knowledge of Speech Language Pathologists


  • Maryam Ch Riphah International University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Anum Ashraf Johar Medicare Complex, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Mahnoor Mansoor Govt Special Education Centre, Nankana Sahib, Pakistan
  • Mavra Shaukat Emerging Minds Therapeutic Services, Lahore, Pakistan



Knowledge, Awareness, Speech Language Pathologists, Pediatric Feeding Disorders


Feeding is like a tremendous process involving multiple systems that are interconnected with each other. The speech pathologist plays an important role in helping the child develop a positive relationship with his or her mouth and food, as well as learning how to eat enjoyably, carefully, and efficiently. Objective: To determine knowledge of Speech Language Pathologists about the Pediatric Feeding Disorders. Methods: It was a cross sectional study. Data were collected from the Speech Language Pathologists through online questionnaire generated through Google forms after taking permission letter from Research and Ethics committee.  Non- probability convenience sampling technique was used. Sample was calculated 157 on the basis of total number of BS graduate Speech Language Pathologists by using 95% confidence interval through sample size calculator Rao soft. Data were analyzed in SPSS 21 using descriptive statistics including frequency tables and bar charts. Results: Total 157 responses were received.145 were females and 12 males participated in this study. Out of 157 participants, 60.51% SLPs reported that they do not feel confident on their clinical expertise regarding pediatric feeding disorders and 92.4% SLPs reported that they need more knowledge and training to deal with pediatric feeding disorders. Conclusions: Many Speech Language Pathologists in Pakistan have little knowledge about the management and treatment of PFDs. They do not feel safe to evaluate, assess and intervene with pediatric feeding disorders. Therefore, they feel less confident on their treatment strategies regarding pediatric feeding disorders. 



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DOI: 10.54393/tt.v4i03.159
Published: 2023-09-30

How to Cite

Ch, M., Ashraf, A., Mansoor, M., & Shaukat, M. (2023). Awareness and Knowledge of Speech Language Pathologists regarding Pediatric Feeding Disorders : Awareness and Knowledge of Speech Language Pathologists. THE THERAPIST (Journal of Therapies &Amp; Rehabilitation Sciences), 4(03), 18–22.