Treating Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders: Treating the Whole Child.

Audience: Speech, OT
Course level: Intermediate
Date: May 14th-15th, 2010
Check in time: 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Class time: 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: University of Minnesota, Fairview. 2450 Riverside avenue. Minneapolis, MN 55454.  Class will be held in the Brennan Center which is located in the East building, lobby level. 

Contact hours: 13.25
External Fee: $375.00

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Mary C. Tarbell, M. Ed., C.C.C.-SLP., "aka" Polly, is a SLP Therapist with 21 years of experience with pediatric feeding disorders.  She currently works at the University of Virginia's Kluge Children's rehabilitation Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.  She is the director of the nationally known Encouragement Feeding program.  Through this program she has directly seen over 350 children with complex feeding disorders.  She has published a peer reviewed article regarding weaning children from gastrotomy tubes in infants and young children, 2002 and has co-published a chapter in "Communication Sciences and Disorders: An introduction, 2006".  She currently guest lectures at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education on regular basis regarding pediatric feeding disorders. 

Course Description
This 2 day workshop is designed for professionals who serve children with complex feeding aversions/disorders in hospital, school and private practice settings.  Focus is placed on comprehensive holistic evaluation of these complex problems including those encountered by children with structural issues, cardiac issues, prematurity, Autism, Syndromes, GI issues, sensory integration disorders, Down syndrome as well as on a holistic treatment approach for common feeding disorders that are characteristic of many of these children including rigid eating patterns, inability to regulate their own hunger/satiety difficulty transitioning to table foods and/or tube dependency, lack of autonomy.  In addition to innovative effective treatment techniques, participants will lean the criteria to determine what intensity of therapy is warranted. 

Course Objectives

  • Participants will identify elements that interfere with normal eating.
  • Participants will identify children who are appropriate and ready for oral functional therapy.
  • Participants will be able to perform a holistic evaluation for complex feeding problems.
  • Participants will identify the barriers to normal eating patterns and potential treatment goals.
  • Participants will be able to develop a holistic treatment approach including determining the appropriate intensity of therapy (including issues of timing as to when to use resources differently).

Day one
8:00 a.m.    Barriers to feeding in the NICU.  Holistic evaluation of feeding issues
9:45 a.m.    BREAK
10:00 a.m.  Sensory and motor issues and the impact on feeding
12:00 p.m.  LUNCH
1:00 p.m.    Development and environmental issues and feeding
2:00 p.m.    BREAK
2:15 p.m.    Barriers to normal feeding patterns
4:00 p.m.    Wrap up day one

Day Two
8:00 a.m.   Foundations for feeding the toddler/young child-prerequisites
9:45 a.m.   BREAK
10:00 a.m. Holistic therapy techniques for treating feeding disorders
12:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m.   Case studies and discussion
4:00 p.m.   Wrap up day two. 

This course if offered for 1.3 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).
This course is eligible for AOTA approved provider credit. Fairview is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

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