Treating Complex Feeding Problems: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Course Description:

This course will focus on clinical decision making and treatment strategies to manage complex feeding and swallowing disorders in infants, toddlers and preschoolers across multiple settings including the NICU, Early Intervention/home, and outpatient settings. Participants will enhance their skills in assessment and integration of medical history when developing and implementing a plan of care. Focus will include specific treatment interventions as well as how to develop realistic programs for parents and for generalization across settings. Clinical reasoning skills will take into consideration current research, knowledge of outcomes and priority setting. Detailed discussions of medically fragile infants including treatment strategies for specific etiologies such as lip/tongue tie, Down Syndrome, IDM, cleft lip/palate, neurologic diagnoses will also be involved. Infant feeding information will include evaluation and treatment for both breast and bottle fed infants.  Discussions of more complex case histories will be provided during course to allow participants brainstorming and practice. 

Participants will be able to apply course learning immediately to:

  • Integrate a thorough case history with assessment in a child with feeding difficulties.
  • Describe the interaction between medical and developmental levels as they relate to feeding progression.
  • Utilize knowledge of neuroprotective or developmental appropriate care to establish a treatment plan for feeding succession.
  • Utilize successful strategies for feeding therapy regiments as they relate to different etiologies.
  • Determine how to establish education criterion for families based on feeding progression needs.

Education Resources Inc. (eri) and Dr. Brown's Medical have partnered to improve access to the latest, high quality education for feeding therapists and other healthcare professionals working in the NICU, PICU, acute care, EI and home care settings.
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Rhonda Mattingly

Session 1 July 19-20, 2019
Hollywood, FL (Map)

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