Expert on Feeding Disorders Will Speak at Baylor University on Nov. 6

Nov. 3, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 3, 2015) — An international expert who helps children with feeding disorders will share ways to be aware of and prevent these disorders on Friday, Nov. 6, at Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex.

Speaking will be author Melanie Potock, a certified speech language pathologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of such feeding disorders as the inability to chew and swallow without aid.

“Children displaying feeding disorders, as well as picky eaters, may be at risk for developmental difficulties, learning and behavior concerns,” said Janice Stewart, senior lecturer and clinical supervisor of communication sciences and disorders. “Many parents facing feeding challenges for their children feel lost looking for solutions.”

Potock designed “The Stacking Model,” a method which helps professionals and parents dealing with pediatric feeding challenges to have a broader understanding of a child’s physiology, sensory system, motor development and behaviors adopted to protect those systems.

More than 200 medical, physical and emotional conditions may contribute to children’s struggle to eat. Those affected may range from infants with low muscle tone who require support for breast and bottle feeding to children with autism to children transitioning from gastrostomy tubes to oral feedings.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with registration at 8 a.m., at the SBC Auditorium at Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive.

The event will be presented by the Baylor Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and hosted by Baylor’s department of communication sciences and disorders.

Cost is $80 for professionals; $50 for parents; and $10 for students. Professionals who attend will earn 5.5 continuing education units from Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

To register in advance, call (254) 710-2567 to request a form or visit

For more information, contact Janice Stewart at or 254-710-6373 or 254-710-2568.


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After more than three years of evaluation and input from Baylor regents, deans, faculty and staff, and external entities, the Baylor Board of Regents approved the creation of the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences on May 16, 2014. This was also a direct result of identified priorities for strengthening the health sciences through Baylor’s strategic vision, Pro Futuris, which serves as a compass for the University’s future. The anchor academic units that form the new College –Communication Sciences and Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences and Health, Human Performance and Recreation – share a common purpose: improving health and the quality of life. The new College is working to create curricula that will promote a team-based approach to patient care and will establish interdisciplinary research collaborations to advance solutions for improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

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