Perspectives on Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Interventions: Survey of Speech-Language Pathologists in West Virginia

West Virginia University

Authors / Faculty: Dr. Lesley Cottrell/Catherine Ray
Contact Person: Catherine Ray
Phone: 9542612084
End Date: 4/20/2020

The purpose of this study is to gather clinical perspectives of feeding and swallowing therapy throughout West Virginia. Currently, there is a need for high-quality studies focusing on pediatric dysphagia in order for speech-language pathologists to make strong recommendations for feeding and swallowing therapy.  Part of this need for more high-quality studies comes from the few standard protocols in place for children with dysphagia and feeding issues. With a lack of external scientific evidence, clinical perspective holds more weight in providing evidence-based practice. While surveys on the clinical perspectives of speech-language pathologists have been conducted in other countries, there is little to no evidence of these perspectives on pediatric feeding and dysphagia interventions in the United States, especially in underserved areas requiring telepractice to meet client need. This survey will collect the lacking information on the demographics and clinical perspectives of speech-language pathologists regarding pediatric dysphagia treatment and the use of telepractice in West Virginia.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete at least one online survey. Each survey includes questions about your experience with feeding and swallowing intervention as a speech-language pathologist. Your participation in this project will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete both surveys for a total time of 10-20 minutes. You must be 18 years of age or older and a licensed speech-language pathologist in West Virginia to participate.

Your involvement in this project will be kept as confidential as legally possible. All data will be reported in the aggregate. You will not be asked any questions that could lead back to your identity as a participant. Your participation is completely voluntary. You may skip any question that you do not wish to answer and you may discontinue at any time. West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board acknowledgement of this project is on file. Your email address will be requested at the end of the first survey so that we can send you the second survey. However, it will be stored separately from any data collected in the study and will not be stored after the completion of the second survey.

If you have any questions about this research project, please feel free to contact me at 954-261-2084 or by e-mail at or Dr. Lesley Cottrell, If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the WVU Office of Human Research Protection by phone at 304-293-7073 or by email at
I hope that you will participate in this research project, as it could help us better understand clinical perspectives of speech-language  pathologists in pediatric feeding and swallowing interventions. Thank you for your time and consideration.