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Interested in continuing your learning with Dana Kizer and Anais Villaluna? Delve deeper into their 2-day intensive course that explores feeding challenges with infants, toddlers and beyond available on the following dates:
Through interactive case studies, this brief course will guide your decision-making process of complex pediatric feeding and swallowing cases to BRIDGE the gap between the developmental, neurological, physiological, motor, sensory, and behavioral components.
- Choose an appropriate and evidence-based tool to use when working with infants, toddlers, and children with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.
- Distinguish between the benefits and limitations in current best practices including positioning, thickening, treatment of dysphagia, and both clinical as well as instrumental assessment.
- Determine when and why to apply strategies when managing pediatric dysphagia based on presenting impairment and response to intervention during interactive case studies.
This course is applicable for OTs, SLPs and PTs who work with the feeding and swallowing population.
The BRIDGE Process
• BRIDGE: Begin, Reflect, Initiate, Develop, Gauge, Educate
• Learn how to think critically and make informed, evidence-based decisions when treating children with feeding disorders
Begin: initial and ongoing assessment
• Feeding and swallowing assessment
• Case Study Example: Where to begin
Reflect: on multifactorial aspects of feeding/swallowing problem
• Clinical Assessment of Feeding and Swallowing: Integrating your findings and determining need for further assessment
• Case Study Example: Complex medical histories
Initiate: plan of care – writing patient goals
• Documentation components
• Measurable and Functional Goals: Challenges and Pitfalls
• Case Study Example: Writing goals that are functional, measurable, and insurance friendly
Develop: recommendations and intervention strategies based on patient goals
• Current practices in treating pediatric dysphagia: Advantages & limitations
• Treatment recommendations
• Case Study Example: Strategies to utilize based on presenting impairments
Gauge: progress in therapy
• BRIDGE: Considerations for transitioning between approaches based on response to intervention.
• Case Study Example: Feeling stuck, where to go next
Educate: patient, family, and medical/therapy team members
• Controversial recommendations in assessment
• Case Study Example: Tethered oral tissues
Anais Villaluna is an SLP, Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, and Certified Lactation Counselor. Anais earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2006 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2008 from Texas Woman’s University. Anais is a doctoral candidate in Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) at Northwestern University. Anais has specialized training in a variety of feeding and swallowing interventions methods as well as the instrumental assessment of swallowing via VFSS and FEES. She practices in a variety of pediatric hospital settings at including pediatric hospital inpatient, pediatric hospital outpatient, and multidisciplinary specialty clinics with gastroenterology and otolaryngology. Anais expanded her reach from hospital-based dysphagia services to also include concierge dysphagia services as she has a passion for improving access to highly qualified dysphagia services in a variety of settings. Co-lead of the Pediatric Committee for the IDDSI USIRG, she has an interest in the standardization of thickened liquids in the pediatric population. Anais has presented locally at TSHA Conventions, nationally at ASHA Conventions, and virtually on many platforms. Anais is a published author on the subject of pediatric feeding and swallowing. Anais also volunteers her time with Feeding Matters by serving on the PFD Alliance to help improve access to resources for families and professionals through her contribution as the chair for the Digital Outreach Committee. As a mother of three children, one being a NICU graduate, Anais strives to provide the highest level of care and compassion when partnering with families impacted by pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.
Financial Disclosure: Anais Villalluna receives a salary from Texas Children’s Hospital and Feeding and Swallowing Specialists of The Woodlands. She receives a speaking honorarium from Education Resources, Inc.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Anais Villaluna has a non-financial relationship with IDDSI (International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative) as a US IRG Pediatric Co-Chair, Communication Committee Member. She has a non-financial relationship with Feeding Matters as a volunteer for Digital Outreach Committee.
Dana Kizer is an occupational therapist, Board Certified in Pediatrics, and has a special interest in feeding as well as sensory processing. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including a pediatric hospital, specialty clinic, private practice, and home health. Dana has presented on feeding therapy and interventions nationally and across virtual platforms. Dana is a published author on the subject of pediatric feeding disorders. She currently volunteers her time with Feeding Matters by serving on the Pre-Conference Committee and the Family Advisory Council to help families navigate the complex world of pediatric feeding disorders. In addition to her professional experience with feeding disorders, Dana brings a family perspective to her treatments and teaching experiences as her initial experience with feeding therapy occurred when she would accompany her younger brother to his feeding therapy appointments. She has seen first-hand the difference therapy can make in the lives of patients and their families.
Financial Disclosure: Dana Kizer receives a salary from Texas Children’s Hospital and Feeding and Swallowing Specialists of The Woodlands. She receives a speaking honorarium from Education Resources, Inc.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Dana Kizer has a non-financial relationship with Feeding Matters as a volunteer for the Family Advisory Council and the Pre-Conference Committee.
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Once you purhcase an online course, you will have the opportunity to take an exam to test your retention of the material. If you have purchased this course, please ensure you have logged in to your account in order to take the exam. The exam must be completed with a pass rate of 80% or more in order to receive your certificate of attendance.
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