Live Webinar for Pediatric Therapists. Complete Both Sessions for 14 Contact Hours (1.4 CEUs)
November 7 and 8, 2024
8:40 am EST • 7:40 am CST • 6:40 am MST • 5:40 am PST (US)
Challenges with infants and children demonstrating complex swallowing and feeding disorders are addressed in a holistic evidence-based framework that considers interrelating systems. Populations range from newborn infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) through children in school based & rehabilitation settings. Problem solving/intervention will be addressed through lecture, videos, and case analyses. Functional outcomes are emphasized through targeted intervention strategies based on sensorimotor learning principles and consideration of neural plasticity. Problem areas include: airway (e.g., laryngomalacia, laryngeal cleft, vocal fold paralysis, tracheostomy/ventilator); GI tract (e.g., gastroesophageal reflux, eosinophilic esophagitis); nutrition/hydration; advancing feeding in NICU and beyond to include tongue & lip tie; tube feeding & weaning; barriers to oral feeding & intervention strategies with; picky/finicky eaters. Discussions will include the urgent need for specific measurable outcomes and pros/cons for varied frequency and intensity of direct and indirect interventions/therapies.
- Apply knowledge of airway deficits for management decisions with infants and children who demonstrate oropharyngeal dysphagia
- Identify barriers to successful oral feeding (e.g., nutrition, GI tract, and neurologic conditions)
- Describe primary factors necessary as foundation to advance oral feeding with infants in NICU and parents actively involved
- Demonstrate strategies for advancing oral feeding with tube feeding
- Implement intervention strategies for picky eaters with a range of sensory and behavior-based principles
- Determine strategies to measure intervention/treatment outcomes by time, frequency, and intensity
Professionals involved in feeding and swallowing assessment and intervention in infants and children, to include speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, dietitians, psychologists, nurses, physicians, and social workers.
Age and Patient Populations: Infants through school age children with a wide range of etiologies for feeding and swallowing problems.
Joan Arvedson is internationally renowned for her pioneering research, instruction, and clinical work with infants and children who have feeding/swallowing disorders. She has been Program Coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at Children’s Wisconsin. She is Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She is recipient of Honors of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association, ASHA’s highest distinction, ASHA Fellow, WSHA Lifetime Achievement Award, to name a few awards of distinction. Her leadership, clinical acumen, and research united therapeutic and medical/surgical disciplines. She has given more than 100 presentations at ASHA conventions, state conventions and national conferences, as well as international lectures/seminars in 64 countries.
Financial Disclosures: Joan Arvedson receives an honorarium from Education Resources for this course.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Joan Arvedson serves on committees for DRS and SENTAC.
Dr. Arvedson is an expert clinician with so much knowledge to share. As an OT, I appreciate how she values the importance of sensory and motor issues that may impact a patient's ability to successfully and safely participate in feeding activities. Her passion for feeding and swallowing is evident in everything that she does! -Adriana H., OTR
As an occupational therapist, it is very difficult to find a course that teaches several different methods of evaluation and treatment for feeding and swallowing disorders. Dr. Arvedson did an amazing job brining different presentation methods to offer ways to evaluate and treat feeding disorders. I would recommend this course to any therapist who is interested in learning about feeding and swallowing difficulties. -Shahnoor Dharamsi, OT
Dr. Arvedson is extremely interesting and provides excellent case studies that are relevant to her topics. She is highly knowledgeable and provides a lot of functional informationI highly recommend this course! -Jennifer Stein, SLP
Dr. Arvedson was an extremely brilliant speaker. She presented this information in a professional way but made it easy for the entire audience to understandI will definitely look forward to taking another course from her. -Angelia Brown, SLP
Dr. Arvedson’s presentation, as well as informative, was extremely helpful incorporating the role of OT in feeding/swallowing. -Tracy Attanasio OTR
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