Miller, CK. “Feeding Issues and Interventions in Infants and Children with Clefts and Craniofacial Syndromes” SEMINARS IN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE/VOLUME 32, NUMBER 2 2011
Dr. Claire Miller’s article is a valuable resource providing clinicians a clear understanding of the craniofacial issues resulting in infant and children oral feeding and swallowing dysfunctions. Dr. Miller discusses various assessment procedures and methods applied in the management of these dysfunctions as well as examples of appropriate and commonly used intervention techniques.
Dr. Brown’s® Medical envisioned the concept of a feeding tool for infants with significant feeding and swallowing dysfunction. The objective of the tool was to provide infants and families with a feeding solution that would improve on available existing systems. As many clinicians in Craniofacial and Cleft Teams throughout the US and Canada have shared, the Dr. Brown’s Specialty Feeding System® has been a huge success assisting infants to orally feed effectively as well have observed improved outcomes in their growth. Parental satisfaction due to ease of use, easy cleaning, reasonable pricing and appears as a “normal” bottle system is consistently reported since the launch one year ago.
The Dr. Brown’s Specialty Feeding System® is projected to become the most preferred feeding solution for infants with complicated oral motor feeding and swallowing issues. Its recognition in future research studies highlighting the strengths as an accessible, cost effective, non- squeeze method of bottle feeding that offers 6 nipple levels and flow rates providing infants and children with an individualized oral feeding solution.
Claire Miller is the Program Director of the Aerodigestive and Esophageal Center/Interdisciplinary Feeding Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and holds a clinical and research position in the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s. She has a faculty appointment as a field service assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and also holds an assistant professor – affiliate appointment in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati. Her research and clinical interests are in the area of pediatric dysphagia, with a focus on instrumental swallowing assessment and clinical management of infants and children with congenital and acquired airway anomalies. She has authored publications and presented nationally and internationally on aspects of pediatric dysphagia.