University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Judy Hopkins OTD, OTR/L, SWC, CLE

Judy Hopkins

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 133
(323) 442-2850
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Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2015 | University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
1995 | University of Southern California


Journal Articles

Hopkins, J., Cermak, S. A., & Merritt, R. J. (2017). Oral feeding difficulties in children with short bowel syndrome: A narrative review. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. Show abstractHide abstract

Children with short bowel syndrome (SBS) with associated intestinal failure may be unable to absorb sufficient nutrients to sustain life. Improvements in the medical management of SBS, including use of parenteral nutrition, has significantly increased life expectancy. Independence from parenteral nutrition further improves quality of life. However, children living with SBS often develop oral aversions and feeding difficulties. There is limited research and information on which to base interventions that will preserve and develop oral motor and feeding skills. The aims of this article are to explore what is known about children with SBS who exhibit oral aversion/feeding difficulties and to suggest research for possible future interventions that could help these children overcome oral aversion, eat orally, and increase participation and satisfaction in mealtimes. This review explores the complexity of feeding children with SBS. Three underlying themes emerged: physical, developmental, and social aspects of eating and mealtimes. Interdisciplinary teams are needed to effectively address these complex oral feeding problems. Accurate identification the underlying issues will allow healthcare providers to develop interventions to improve feeding outcomes for children with SBS. Future research should focus on evaluating the effectiveness of interventions that address each of the underlying issues.