2nd Edmonton Pediatric Dysphagia Symposium

May 27, 2022

2nd Edmonton Pediatric Dysphagia Symposium | July 15, 2022 | Virtual

  • Update on key developments in evaluating pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Discuss the mutlidisciplinary management of infants and children affected
  • Expert debates on challenges and future considerations through panel discussions

Poster:  2nd Edmonton Pediatric Dysphagia Symposium


Jan 20, 2022

We are PEAS’d to announce that Eating, Feeding and Swallowing Teams have received the AHS CARES award, celebrating exceptional patient and client care. Eating, feeding, and swallowing concerns can have a profound impact on the health, wellness, and quality of life of infants, children, and adults. Across AHS, Eating Feeding and Swallowing teams have experienced a continuous rise in patient volume and service complexity, in the context of unprecedented workforce changes. These individuals and teams demonstrated kindness in welcoming and mentoring clinicians into new roles.  At the same time, they have been relentless in seeking to maintain and improve quality of care. Improvement initiatives focused on access and navigation; patient and family engagement; collaboration; professional practice learning and support: integrating emerging evidence and creative solutions to meet evolving needs during the pandemic; and remained diligent in ensuring the safety of patients, colleagues, and themselves. Over the past two years the number of new connections and resources shared across the province has been astounding.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in providing Eating, Feeding and Swallowing care!

PEAS Newsletter | Nov 2021

Nov 25, 2021

PEAS Newsletter - Nov 2021

Contents include:

PEAS awarded the Annual Innovation Award 2021 | U of A Pediatrics

Jun 11, 2021

We are excited to announce that the PEAS Project is the recipient of the U of A Pediatrics Annual Innovation Award! Thank you to everyone for your incredible work on this project. It is your hard work and dedication that has made this project so successful and meaningful to clinicians and families!

2021 Annual Innovation Award Letter - PEAS

PEAS Newsletter | Mar 2021

Mar 23, 2021

PEAS Newsletter - Mar 2021

Contents include:

  • Transforming clinical practice
  • Virtual Learning Opportunities
  • The Power of Stories
  • What’s New

PEAS Virtual Training sessions

Nov 6, 2020

In 2020, the PEAS team presented a series of webinars for healthcare providers and practice leaders demonstrating the new website and tools, clinical practice guide, and collaborative practice resources. Over 600 people registered for the webinar series and 100% of survey respondents said that they would use the PEAS website.

You can view recordings of these webinars under Courses and Webinars .

PEAS Newsletter | Sept 2020

Aug 27, 2020

PEAS Newsletter - Sept 2020

Contents include:

  • World PEAS
  • Fall Webinar series registration
  • Remembering Wendy
  • PEAS & Thank You
  • What’s New

Now Available: PEAS Virtual Training sessions for providers

Jun 26, 2020

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering the PEAS Virtual Training for healthcare providers this summer and fall. Please see the attached newsletter for registration information!

PEAS Healthcare Provider Training Invitation

PEAS EventBrite page:

You can view recordings of this summer's webinars, under Courses and Webinars .

PEAS update during COVID-19 crisis

Mar 26, 2020

Dear Pediatric Eating And Swallowing (PEAS) community,

To ensure that Albertans are provided with the best care possible, we are pausing PEAS project plans that affect operations management and staff involved with COVID-19. In particular, we are postponing the following for 2 months or longer as needed:

  • Virtual Training sessions (originally planned for April and May)
  • Innovation Learning Collaborative (originally planned for June 3)
  • Family survey data collection

However, we are very pleased to be proceeding with the implementation of the new PEAS Website which includes a suite of tools for healthcare providers and families. It launched Mar 30, 2020 at the following URL: We will continue adding new content and features as they are available.

While we are putting some things on hold, we are committed to rescheduling the Virtual Training sessions and quality improvement initiatives in the coming months. If you have already registered, we will be sure to notify you when the new dates are set. If you have not registered yet, please subscribe to our mailing list here.

Thanks to your resounding enthusiasm and support, our community has grown to over 800 people on our mailing list and over 300 people who registered for each of our Virtual Training sessions! To our highly dedicated families, providers and consultants on our PEAS Working Groups and Steering Committee, we hope you’re extremely proud of what’s been accomplished thus far and how it is already transforming care. You have made all the difference!

We wish to express our gratitude for your contributions to this project and wish you all the best to please stay safe at this time,

Dr. Justine Turner on behalf of the PEAS Leadership Team

Dr Justine Turner MD PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

International Pediatric Feeding Disorders Conference

Jan 24, 2020

The PEAS project was one of six international Lightning Talk presenters. Here's what we presented on Jan 24, 2020:

PEAS Lightning Talk (5 min)



PEAS Presents

May 31, 2022 02:00 PM to May 31, 2022 03:30 PM

Feeding disorders from the gastroenterologist’s perspective: Broadening the differential diagnosis
May 31, 2022 | 2-3pm + Percolator 3-3:30pm

PEAS has invited Dr. Rachel Rosen, a Pediatric Gastroenterologist, to speak about feeding disorders and intolerance. She is the Director of the Aerodigestive Center at Boston Children's Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Audience: medical & health professionals

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the current treatment algorithms for feeding difficulties
  • To understand the role of diagnostic testing in pediatric feeding disorder patients
  • To discuss novel therapies offering future promise in pediatrics


  • 2:00 pm: Presentation
  • 2:50 pm: Questions & Answers
  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm: Percolator Time (optional opportunity for additional questions & discussion)


Recording: The session will also be recorded and posted under PEAS Courses & Webinars


PEAS Presents

Apr 27, 2022 09:00 AM to Apr 27, 2022 10:30 AM

Multidisciplinary Group Strategies for Expanding Food Choices for Children with Pediatric Feeding Disorder

Apr 27, 2022 | 9 - 10am + Percolator 10-10:30am

PEAS has invited Carrie Owen, an accredited Occupational Therapist and Lactation Consultant, to speak about novel ways to manage waitlists using a group treatment model and online learning modules, evaluate program outcomes, and the value of interprofessional teamwork.

Carrie is a program designer, facilitator, researcher, lecturer and author in the field of feeding and related developmental needs of infants, children and teens. She coordinated, developed and consults to the feeding clinics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and has developed an Online Learning Module for the reluctant feeder.

Carrie is a clinical researcher and has been the principal investigator for three research projects focusing on interventions for children with pediatric feeding disorders. Carrie has won two of CHEO’s Gold Ribbon awards for Innovation and Stewardship.

Audience: medical & health professionals

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the program evaluation results for CHEO interprofessional (IP) feeding group
  • Apply methods for managing extensive wait list for children with feeding challenges
  • Outline parent perceptions of an interprofessional feeding group treatment model
  • Illustrate an online learning module for families of children with feeding challenges


  • 9:00 am: Presentation
  • 9:50 am: Questions & Answers
  • 10:00 -10:30 am: Percolator Time (optional opportunity for additional questions & discussion)

Registration Required:

Recording: The session will also be recorded and posted under PEAS Courses & Webinars


Responsive Feeding Therapy in Action Webinar

Nov 24, 2021 11:00 AM to Nov 24, 2021 12:30 PM

Responsive Feeding Therapy in Action: A Case Study of Limited Food Variety
Nov 24, 2021 | 11-12pm + Percolator 12-12:30pm

PEAS has invited Grace Wong, RD, MSc, CEDRD-S to speak about responsive feeding therapy using illustrative case studies. Grace is a clinical dietitian practicing in Calgary, Alberta. She has 15 years of clinical experience in mental health and pediatric nutrition. She works with a diverse presentation of feeding and eating disorders. She is experienced in working with co-existing conditions including ADHD, autism spectrum, sensory processing challenges, anxiety, depression, addictions and trauma.

Audience: medical & health professionals

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learners will identify 3 tools that support the intervention process (pediatric feeding care cycle, food record, goal wheel)
  2. Learners will understand the application of Responsive Feeding Therapy in practice and interventions
  3. Learners will be able to apply/create a framework for case conceptualization and developing interventions


  • 11:00 am: Presentation
  • 11:45 am: Questions & Answers
  • 12:00 pm: Percolator Time (optional opportunity for additional questions & discussion)


If you are unable to attend, we will also post a recording of the session on the PEAS website under PEAS Courses and Webinars.


Quality Improvement along the Patient Journey

Jun 16, 2021 03:00 PM to Jun 16, 2021 04:00 PM

Quality Improvement along the Patient Journey: quality improvement tools, examples and panel discussion

The Pediatric Eating And Swallowing (PEAS) project is hosting a Quality Improvement webinar where panelists will introduce practical tools to help teams target and implement improvements along the patient journey. Panelists include a Family member and AHS Quality Improvement consultants involved in the PEAS project. They will demonstrate quality improvement tools such as Patient Journey Mapping, Root Cause Analysis, Plan-Do-Study-Act test cycles, and more!

  • Audience: health providers and leaders
  • Registration required to access the webinar:
  • Preparation: you are invited to come with questions for our panelists regarding quality improvement topics such as patient navigation, wait time management, patient experience and satisfaction, staff engagement, change adoption, etc…

If you are unable to attend, we will also post a recording of the session on the PEAS website under PEAS Courses and Webinars.


Understanding Pediatric Feeding Disorders with Alan Silverman, PhD

Apr 14, 2021 02:00 PM to Apr 14, 2021 03:00 PM

Understanding Pediatric Feeding Disorders:
Introduction to assessment, treatment planning, and clinical management

PEAS has invited Alan Silverman, PhD, one of the lead authors of the seminal Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) diagnostic framework paper to introduce PFD with differential features computing and contrasting with eating disorders and ARFID. His talk will include illustrative case studies.

Audience: medical & health professionals

Click to register:

If you are unable to attend, we will also be recording the session and posting it on the PEAS website.


PEAS Virtual Training

Jul 21, 2020 11:00 AM to Nov 05, 2020 03:00 PM

The Pediatric Eating and Swallowing (PEAS) Project is a provincial quality improvement initiative that has developed a provincial clinical pathway to standardize and improve care for children with a pediatric eating, feeding and swallowing disorder.  We are pleased to offer the following training sessions to introduce the new resources and tools available for healthcare providers.

PEAS Healthcare Provider Training Invitation

PEAS EventBrite page: