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Feeding Tiny Humans: Strategies for “Typical” to Troubled Premature and Medically Complex Babies - LIVE WEBINAR - Two Sessions

Education Resources, Inc.

Format(s):   Live Webinar
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy / Speech-Language
Contact Hours:   12
Registration Fee:   $369

Identify infant phases of swallow Identify anatomical structures related to infant swallow mechanisms Relate how anatomical structures support safe swallow Relate how specific medical co-morbidities impact feeding performance Select which infants are and are not appropriate to complete oral feeding based on level of respiratory support and gestational age Decide which evidence-based assessment tool to use to evaluate an infant’s swallow Interpret results of observations to plan appropriate clinical intervention techniques Select safe oral feeding viscosity based on reported diagnostic assessment Develop a treatment plan to support an infant’s oral motor skill acquisition based on the results of different oral motor assessments Choose nonpharmacological interventions to support infants exhibiting neonatal abstinence syndrome Select bottle/nipple to match infants’ skill level, support breastfeeding goals, and take into consideration any applicable medical comorbidities. Identify differences in feedings schedules currently in practice in NICUs Identify different environmental supports, feeding techniques, bottle choices and nutritional varieties for infants with symptomatic reflux Identify when to recommend an alternative feeding method to support infant nutrition, development and long-term success

Target Audience

Learn to evaluate infant feeding performance and provide evidence-supported interventions to maximize infants’ outcomes. We’ll discuss diagnostic tools for bedside evaluation, cervical auscultation, modified barium swallow studies and specific medical comorbidities seen in the NICU setting and how these influence the therapy pathway. In addition, we’ll review the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative and its impact on infant oral feeding. The developmental specialists’ role in oral motor assessment and interventions to support infant feeding in the NICU will be discussed including how to support infants’ care team members in providing best practice care. This course will include lecture, small group discussion, and clinical scenarios with video to enhance observation skills of attendees.

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