Eating with Ease: Managing Complex Feeding and
Swallowing Problems in Children - Pediatric / Therapy Training Seminar
Developing a Menu for Success
The causes of feeding and swallowing difficulties in children are always
multifaceted, sometimes misdiagnosed, and often difficult to assess and treat
appropriately. Respiratory difficulties, gastro-intestinal function, oral-motor
skills, and behavioral issues are just a few of the elements that can influence
feeding and swallowing, limit response to treatment, and result in significant
health issues. To maximize effectiveness, clinicians must resist the temptation
to assess and treat feeding and swallowing disorders in isolation; instead, they
must develop management plans that take into account interactions between and
among oral-motor, gastrointestinal, and respiratory systems.
This essential course describes complex feeding and swallowing disorders as they
manifest themselves in children who have a variety of diagnoses. Attendees gain
successful strategies for identification of the underlying etiology of the
dysphagia. The evidence base for specific therapies, including oral motor
techniques, behavioral interventions, nutritional interventions, and strategies
for respiratory control, are evaluated. Participants leave this course armed
with practical suggestions and tactics for improving function in these
challenging children, as well as strong evidence to support those strategies.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Examine the interplay between oral-motor,
gastrointestinal, and respiratory systems and their impact on food refusal in
- Identify the signs and symptoms of pharyngeal
dysphagia in children
- Pinpoint advantages and challenges associated
with dietary modifications and use of thickened liquids
- Discuss the rationale for various dietary
recommendations currently being implemented with children
- Determine the pros and cons of various
oral-motor and sensory treatment approaches
- Develop a behavioral treatment plan to address
problem feeding behaviors
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
ANGELA MANSOLILLO, MA/CCC-SLP, is a
Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing
Disorders with more than 21 years of experience. She is currently a senior
Speech-Language Pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton,
Massachusetts, where she is involved in evaluation, treatment, and program
planning for adults and children with dysphagia. In addition, she is a clinical
supervisor and adjunct faculty member at Elms College Department of
Communication Sciences and Disorders in Chicopee, Massachusetts. For more than
15 years, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, provided numerous
regional and national presentations, and served as guest lecturer at several
colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts.
Ms. Mansolillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Rhode
Island College in 1983 and earned her Master of Arts in Speech-Language
Pathology in 1985 from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a member of Special Interest
Division 13, which focuses on swallowing and swallowing disorders.
Financial – Receives a speaking honorarium from Cross Country Education
Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• Speech-Language Pathologists
• Occupational Therapists
• Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
• Pediatric Nurses
• Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
• Early Intervention Staff
• Respiratory Therapists
This educational offering may qualify toward your
professional development requirement. The educational offering consists of 6
clock hours. Use this information and your board rules and regulations to
calculate professional development/continuing education credit.
This program has been submitted for approval of 6 CPEUs hours to the Commission
on Dietetic Registration.
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education, LLC is approved by the Continuing Education Board of
the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing
education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course
information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA
CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific
products or clinical procedures. This course is offered for up to .6 ASHA CEUs
(_________ level; _________ area).
Cross Country Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.
This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not
imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures
by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 1: Domain of OT, 2:
Occupational Therapy Process.
Cross Country Education, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing
education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on
Accreditation. This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists.
Cross Country Education is accredited by the American Association of Nurse
Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing
education. Provider number: 060313. This program was planned in accordance with
AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standards. This
course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing,
approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required
by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional
organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and
contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing,
provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM