Humans begin life taking all nutrition and hydration in liquid form and transition to a diet of varied textures and consistencies typically by age two. Food and liquid transport and mastication depend upon the oral sensory-motor skills that support this and any individual can experience transient difficulty with swallowing or feeding at any time throughout their lifetime. Feeding and swallowing clinicians are charged with the task of knowing how to identify what is normal in order to identify and treat what may be disordered or dysfunctional with regard to the deglutition process. Is it a pediatric dysphagia with a medical link or a pediatric feeding disorder, or more behaviorally based? This area of practice is highly specialized and requires ongoing clinical education and the ability to critically think in order to problem solve the clients and children they have been entrusted with. In addition, behavioral feeding disorders are typically feeding problems that do not appear to have a direct medical etiology. Research however indicates that 80-98% of children with feeding difficulties have both physical and behavioral components that interfere with their eating and can impact family dynamics. This course has been designed to address these factors in the pediatric dysphagia and feeding disorders populations.
- Participants will understand and define 5-10 terms associated with pediatric dysphagia and pediatric feeding disorders.
- Participants will identify the components of the orofacial complex that contribute to safe and effective swallowing and feeding.
- Participants will understand the protective airway reflexes that help prevent aspiration as well as the pathophysiological events associated with aspiration.
- Participants will be able to describe the clinical signs, symptoms, and conditions that indicate the need of an instrumental study (whether the modified barium swallow study or the fiberoptic endoscopic examination of swallow) in the pediatric population to address airway protection and swallowing function.
- Participants will learn compensatory, postural, and habilitative/rehabilitative strategies for improved client outcomes.
This program is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area). • 0.6 AOTA CEUs • 6 Instructional Hours (see TalkTools ASHA CEU Policy and Process for more information)
Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® OPT resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.
TalkTools®️ is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 4782. This self-study course qualifies for 2 self-study contact hours or 0.2 CEUs in the Category of Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.
- $225 Standard Rate through 07/09/20
- $300 Late Rate - 07/10/20 through day of
- Registration includes: ASHA CEUs/AOTA CEUs, course supplies, workbook & certificate of completion
One Day Course:
8:30-9:30 Terms and definitions related to pediatric dysphagia and pediatric feeding disorders
9:30-10:15 What are protective reflexes and pathophysiologic events associated with aspiration
10:30-11:30 Red flags and causes for concern
11:30-12:15 Video examples and critical thinking
12:15-1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15-2:15 MBSS vs FEES: What do you see?
2:15-3:00 Case studies and group participant problem solving
3:15-4:00 Strategies for improved outcomes