Team Talk: What the Respiratory Therapist Wishes You Knew.

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Instructor: Candice Lockhart, RCP, RRT


Pediatric Feeding Therapy requires a collaborative team approach to help children eat safely, happily, and in an age-appropriate manner. The Team Talk series is about learning the strengths, resources, and primary areas of focus of the different team members and how to collaborate knowledgeably for more effective assessment and remediation.

In this second installment, we will talk with a Respiratory Therapist with a long history of work on Pediatric Feeding Teams. She will outline the role and responsibilities of the Respiratory Therapist on a Feeding Team, define commonly used terms and vocabulary in Respiratory Therapy, and explain the equipment and techniques that might be used in treating a child with overlapping pulmonary and swallowing issues.
The explanation of key concepts in respiratory support will be followed by a Round Table Discussion focusing on how to balance the child’s respiratory needs while safely improving oral intake.

So come join us for a delightful conversation with a very important member of the Feeding Team!

Benefits of attending:

At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the focus of the Respiratory Therapists when working with a child with a Feeding Disorder
  • List three key contributions the Respiratory Therapist makes to the Feeding Team
  • The impact different modes of ventilation have on the pediatric patient’s lungs.



7:00 – 7:15 The Respiratory Therapist’s focus and Scope of Practice
7:15 – 7:30 The Respiratory Therapist’s contributions to the Team
7:30 – 8:30 Key concepts in respiratory support and how to balance them when trying to improve intake
8:30 – 9:00 Round Table Discussion
Instruction Method: Lecture, PowerPoint Presentation, Handouts, Q&A, Group Discussion