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Featured Webinar:

Infant Feeding Journey for a NICU Patient: Part 2 – Steps to Feeding Success and Parent Education

Presented by: Liz Drake MN, NNP, RBC-NIC, CNS, C-ELBW; Elizabeth Jeanson DPT, CNT, NTMTC, DCA; Kristina Russo; Matt Russo

Date: February 23rd, 2022

Part 2 in this series focused on practical examples to support infants and families in feeding success. Speakers included Nursing, therapy, and parents, with discussion on the roles each team member plays in parent understanding and needs, infant performance, and progress towards coordination of feeding.

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Infant Feeding Journey for a NICU Patient: Part 2 – Steps to Feeding Success and Parent Education

PRESENTED BY: Liz Drake, MN, NNP, RBC-NIC, CNS, C-ELBW; Elizabeth Jeanson, DPT, CNT, NTMTC, DCA; Kristina Russo, Mom to Olivia and Chloe, AU.D. Doctor of Audiology; Matt Russo, Dad to Olivia and Chloe

Date: February 23rd, 2022

Part 2 in this series focused on practical examples to support infants and families in feeding success. Speakers included Nursing, therapy, and parents, with discussion on the roles each team member plays in parent understanding and needs, infant performance, and progress towards coordination of feeding.

Infant Feeding Journey for a NICU Patient: Part 1 – Supporting Neurologic Development for Eventual Feeding Success

PRESENTED BY: Mindy Morris, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, C-ELBW; Megan Carlson, MS, OTR-L, CNT, NTMTC; Ginny & Justin Shaffer, Graduate NICU Parents

Date: December 9th, 2021

The journey to successful oral feedings for the preterm and sick infants and their families in the NICU can be arduous. There are many strategies the entire NICU interprofessional team can integrate into practice throughout the journey to increase feeding success. In this two-part webinar series presented by neonatal professionals and parents, activities and interventions were discussed that can prepare the infant and parents in helping to build the foundational skills for positive, successful, and enjoyable oral feeding.

Breastfeeding the Fragile Feeders: Cutting Edge Research to Elevate Your Practice

PRESENTED BY: Kelly Andrasik McLeod MOT, OTR/L, BCP, IBCLC, CNT

Date: September 9th, 2021

This one-hour webinar discussed the evidence-based practice recommendations while highlighting research studies within the last 3 years. Hot topics in breastfeeding covered were breastfeeding infants with medical comorbidities and those born prematurely, tongue tie, and cultural/social attributes. Attendees were given treatment strategies and ideas to apply to improve breastfeeding outcomes.

Treatment of Feeding Disorders After the NICU

PRESENTED BY: Cathy Wood, MA, CCC/SLP

Date: June 16th, 2021

This one-hour webinar discussed the emotional impact that a prolonged and/or complicated NICU stay can have on parents well after discharge. The importance of looking at the whole child with consideration for the impact of neurological maturation, reflex integration, and growth on feeding and swallowing development was discussed.

The Heart of the Matter: Feeding Challenges in Infants with Congenital Heart Defects

PRESENTED BY: Jennifer Fogel, M.S.CCC-SLP/L

Date: March 22nd, 2021

This one-hour webinar provided information on physiological differences in infants born with congenital heart defect and how this can impact their ability to eat orally following surgical intervention. Challenges and interventions to help meet assessment and treatment strategies were discussed to help safe oral feeding with the least restrictive diet. Parental support strategies were also provided.

Assessing Oral Feeding Readiness Through Neonatal Salivary Analysis

PRESENTED BY: Jill L. Maron M.D., M.P.H. Professor of Pediatrics

Date: March 1st, 2021

This one-hour webinar provided information on emerging assessment tools for oral feeding readiness in the newborn. Dr. Maron reviewed current assessment tools and the diagnostic potential of saliva to better inform feeding readiness. The importance of understanding sex-specific differences in attainment of oral feeding maturation was also discussed.

A Truly Golden Hour: Strategies for the Interdisciplinary Team for the First 60 Minutes of a Premature Infant’s Life

PRESENTED BY: Mindy Morris DNP, NNP-BC, CNS, C-ELBW; Liz Drake MN, NNP, CNS, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW

Date: December 15th, 2020

Neonatal brain growth and development is preprogrammed during the first two trimesters. During the 3rd trimester, brain development is largely shaped by the fetal experience within a protected and predictable environment. For premature neonates, brain development occurs in the stressful environment of the NICU. This webinar discussed how the team can help make the first 60 minutes truly Golden.

A Field of Grey: Exploring the Evidence to Guide Infant Dysphagia Clinicians Through the Most Common Clinical Conundrums

PRESENTED BY: Katlyn Elizabeth McGrattan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Date: September 23rd, 2020

This presentation addressed the questions raised regarding the best treatment approach to instrumental swallow evaluations. The webinar outlined the evidence underlying the clinical conundrums, providing case examples and instrumental images to aid in the translation of these research findings into clinical application.

The Infant‐Driven Feeding™ Program From Idea to Reality: The Sanford Experience

PRESENTED BY: Elizabeth Jeanson PT DPT DCS NTMTC CNT

Date: August 15th, 2020

This presentation addressed the questions raised regarding the best treatment approach to instrumental swallow evaluations and outlined the evidence underlying the clinical conundrums.

The Neuroprotection of Oral Enjoyment by Giving Milk Drops

PRESENTED BY: Barbara O'Rourke, RN-NICU

Date: June 12th, 2020

This webinar provided the background and rationale of oral enjoyment for the premature infant. It discussed the importance and safety of giving milk drops as well as the neuroprotective intervention of giving milk drops. It reviewed the results of a research study completed on giving milk drops to extremely low and very low birthweight infants in the NICU.

The Parenting Path to Oral Feeding in the NICU

PRESENTED BY: Lisa Kleinz, MA, SLP/L, CNT, CLC

Date: April 3rd, 2020

This webinar was presented jointly with Hand to Hold, and addressed feeding topics for both families in the NICU and those at home. Lisa covered feeding cues and other behaviors, how to create positive experiences through feeding, getting to know your equipment (breast and bottle) and the benefits of infant-driven feeding.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Dysphagia Management in the Trenches

PRESENTED BY: Kimberly King, M.S. CCC-SLP CLC; Chelsea Randall, M.S. CCC-SLP CLC

Date: March 9th, 2020

This webinar provided information on dysphagia management in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). diagnoses seen in this setting, including tracheostomy/ventilator dependence and traumatic brain injury. Also discussed were the continuum of care and importance of ongoing dysphagia management after They discussed special considerations for the clinician and provided case studies illustrating common hospital discharge.

Improving Outcomes for Infants with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) — Latest Research to Guide Neonatal Clinicians

PRESENTED BY: Kelly Andrasik McLeod, MOT, OTR/L, IBCLC, CNT

Date: December 4th, 2019

Neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) are at risk for oral feeding difficulties and developmental delays. This one-hour webinar covered new research on the treatment and expected feeding and developmental outcomes of neonates with HIE, who have undergone therapeutic hypothermia.

How the Infant-Driven Feeding™ Program is Elevating Feeding Programs in the NICUs

PRESENTED BY: Lisa Kleinz, MA, SLP/L, Director of Education, Dr. Brown’s Medical; Kelly Fill, MOTR/L, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Mary Beth Lohman, OT/L, Summerlin Hospital, Las Vegas; Elizabeth Jeanson, DPT, Sanford Children’s Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD

Date: November 5th, 2019

This webinar discussed the basics of the program and its implementation strategies. In addition, representatives from 3 different hospitals will report on their hospitals’ experiences with implementing IDF™ and will provide strategies for YOU to have success.

My Baby – My Feeding Plan! Meeting Long Term Infant Feeding Goals in the Outpatient Setting

PRESENTED BY: Elisa Doherty, OTR/L, CLC

Date: August 14th, 2019

This webinar provided information on therapeutic intervention to achieve long term infant feeding goals in the outpatient setting. This webinar discussed the causes of feeding difficulties, developmental limitations of the premature, late preterm and full term infant, the role of the therapist, and treatment techniques to enhance breast and bottle feeding success at home.

Vomiting in the NICU Population

PRESENTED BY: Wendy Burdo-Hartman, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Date: June 20th, 2019

This one-hour webinar provided information on vomiting in the NICU, which is a very common issue. Finding the cause can be a challenge. The webinar discussed the causes of vomiting, the role of thickened feeds in the NICU, and possible treatment after discharge.

Congenital Heart Disease

PRESENTED BY: Kelly McKenna, MS, CCC-SLP

Date: March 1st, 2019

This one-hour webinar addressed congenital heart disease (CHD) which is the most common neonatal congenital malformation. Feeding these infants can often be challenging for parents and healthcare providers. Topics included the medical and developmental implications of CHD and provided strategies for managing the feeding issues of these patients.

Pacing the Bottle Fed Infant: The Why’s and How’s to Ensure Safe and Stress-Free Feedings

PRESENTED BY: Louisa Ferrara, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT

Date: October 24th, 2018

This webinar reviewed why infants may have poor coordination of suck,swallow, breathe and provided an overview of the available literature in the use of pacing. The speaker discussed the numerous ways to pace an infant’s feeding, and included videos, animated graphics, and real-life experience.

The 7 Things You Need To Know About Feeding an Infant With A Craniofacial Difference

PRESENTED BY: Erika Lee, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Date: August 3rd, 2018

Historically, there have been limited options in feeding infants with cleft lip and palate and the options available were costly and difficult to obtain. As the world of pediatric feeding and swallowing is growing, more and better options are available now than ever before. This seminar discussed aspects of feeding that should be considered when working with an infant with cleft lip and palate.

Transdisciplinary Care, Vision for the Future

PRESENTED BY: Melissa Hanin, MS, OT/L & Kelly Susey, MPT

Date: July 17th, 2018

Team models of care can guide optimal team approaches in the NICU, which is increasingly important as medical complexity, length of stay, and variety of involved disciplines evolve. This seminar discussed a framework that promotes collaboration between all disciplines and the families to meet identified primary goals, with consideration of each member of the team as equally integral to achievement.

Pre‐Chaining and Feeding Therapy Programs for the Preemie Graduate

PRESENTED BY: Cheri Fraker, CCC/SLP and Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP

Date: May 7th, 2018

This one-hour webinar instructed professionals in the treatment of feeding after discharge from the NICU. Multidisciplinary evidence-based information pertaining to pediatric feeding disorders was presented with emphasis on Pre Chaining© therapy programs as a treatment technique for establishing a feeding foundation.

Standardization of the Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study for Bottle-Fed Infants

PRESENTED BY: Katlyn Elizabeth McGrattan, Ph.D., CCC-SL

Date: December 20th, 2017

This one-hour webinar reviewed current evidence supporting the clinical significance and need for standardization in videofluoroscopic swallowing evaluations, evidence guiding standardized barium presentations, standardized bottle use, and standardized time of videofluoroscopic visualization.

Neonates and Successful Oral/Feeding Delivery – A Collaborative and Synergistic Approach

PRESENTED BY: Nancy Nevin-Folino, MEd, RD, LD, CSP, FADA, FAND

Date: August 2nd, 2017

This one-hour webinar demonstrated the importance of the team approach to the ex-neonatal population for oral feeding success, considering variables of patient status and abilities, availability of specialists, clinic and a team set plan. Development of a patient individualized therapy was discussed to guide in a flexible, multi-discipline treatment plan. The contribution of the dietitian to the team plan was elucidated for strengthening the synergy of patient treatment.

The Feeding Therapist’s Role: Breastfeeding in the NICU

PRESENTED BY: Amber Valentine, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC

Date: March 31st, 2017

This one-hour webinar demonstrated the importance of the feeding therapist in breastfeeding and how to improve success in breast and bottle feeding.

Trauma-informed, Age-appropriate Care – A New Paradigm for the NICU

PRESENTED BY: Mary E. Coughlin RN, BSN, MS, NNP, RNC-E

Date: February 7th, 2017

A New Paradigm for the NICU introduced the latest science on toxic stress, early life adversity, and the developing human. Understanding the biological mechanisms of early life experiences prepares the quality and safety conscious clinician to First Do No Harm! NICU clinicians are challenged in striking the balance between medically necessary life-sustaining care and the exquisitely delicate yet critical human needs of the hospitalized infant. This engaging webinar provided the participant with practical, evidence-based strategies to mitigate the toxic stress associated with NICU hospitalization and discover the therapeutic value they bring to the patient’s experience of care.

The Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Epidemic: Managing Infant Oral Feeding Challenges through Individualized and Unit Specific Interventions

PRESENTED BY: Mary S. Stanford PhD(c), MS, CCC-SLP from Teachers College at Columbia University Program of Speech Language Pathology Department of Biobehavioral Sciences

Date: February 6th, 2017

This one hour webinar provided foundational education for neonatal practice professionals and feeding specialists through the review of the incidence and most current evidence on the management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). It focused on assisting clinicians and unit teams to consider the symptoms of NAS and their impact on an infants’ oral feeding skill development during breast and bottle feeding. Emphasis was on using individualized, family-centered care plans to provide continuous, developmentally-supportive care from admission through discharge to reduce the risk of adverse sequelae secondary to NAS.

Feeding Considerations for Infants and Children with Craniofacial Anomalies

PRESENTED BY: Claire Kane Miller, PhD, MHA, BCS-S 

Date: November 28th, 2016

This one hour webinar reviewed the anatomic/functional issues that accompany craniofacial conditions and affect feeding mechanics. The speaker discussed the pathway for clinical and instrumental assessment of feeding and swallowing skills, along with potential feeding intervention strategies.

Apneas, Bradycardias, & Desaturations During Oral Feedings in Growing Preemies: Nature vs. Nuture

PRESENTED BY: Louisa Ferrara, MS, CCC-SLP Specialist in Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY

Date: August 17th, 2016

This webinar discussed the physiology of As, Bs, and Ds during swallowing and provided various strategies to prevent them during feeding. Anatomy and physiology was discussed to learn the significance of the laryngeal chemo-receptors and their responses. Finally, support was provided to manage infants in private practices for follow-up care.

Pierre Robin Sequence: Feeding Management Across Interventions

PRESENTED BY: Kelly Mabry, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Communication Disorders Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT Craniofacial Speech Pathologist Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT

Date: August 17th, 2016

This webinar identified normal and atypical feeding anatomy and swallowing patterns, in addition to the relationship between feeding and respiration. The Pierre Robin Sequence was described along with the subsequent airway effects and transitional feeding stages.

Feeding the Infant with Cleft Lip and Palate: Tools and Techniques

PRESENTED BY: Lynn Wolf, MOT, OTR, IBCLC and Robin Glass, MS, OTR, IBCLC Occupational Therapists Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA Clinical Assistant Professors University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Date: August 17th, 2016

This webinar described the anatomy of cleft lip and palate and surgical management in infancy. A review of typical infant sucking was provided, followed by the difficulties cleft lip/palate infants face. Strategies for feeding techniques, tools, and positions were offered.

Oral Feeding & the NICU Parent: 5 Practical Ways to Empower and Educate

PRESENTED BY: Sue Ludwig OTR/L

Date: August 17th, 2016

This webinar identified the primary role of the professional caregiver in neonatal feeding practice and offered teaching points to empower parents during the transition to oral feeding, both breast and bottle. Prefeeding activities for parent participation were also discussed.

Understanding and Utilizing Infant Synactive Ergonomics and Their Role in Successful Feeding Outcomes: Establishing the Early Foundations: Part 1

PRESENTED BY: John Chappel, MA, RPT, Director of Synactive Pediatrics URSA EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE, Sacramento CA

Date: August 17th, 2016

This webinar provided foundational education for neonatal caregivers and feeding specialists regarding the theory and practical application of the synactive theory to establish positive oral feeding experiences for infants in the NICU.

Understanding and Utilizing Infant Synactive Ergonomics and Their Role in Successful Feeding Outcomes: Establishing the Early Foundations: Part 2

PRESENTED BY: John Chappel, MA, RPT, Director of Synactive Pediatrics URSA EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE, Sacramento CA

Date: August 17th, 2016

This webinar was designed for neonatal caregivers and feeding specialists as the second installment of this lecture series that allowed participants to further their foundational education on the theory and practical application of the Synactive Theory to establish positive oral feeding experiences for infants in the NICU. Many of the clinical questions that were posed during Part 1 were addressed in this session.

From Task-Oriented to Infant-Led Feedings: State of the Science, Part 1

PRESENTED BY: Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, MS, CCC-SLP, Feeding Fundamentals, LLC

Date: August 17th, 2016

This three part one -hour webinar series provides foundational education for neonatal practice professionals and feeding specialists regarding the theory and practical application of the Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants (SOFFI) Program and other Infant Led and Task Oriented Feeding Practice Strategies used to establish positive oral feeding experiences for infants in the NICU.

From Task-Oriented to Infant-Led Feedings: State of the Science, Part 2

PRESENTED BY: Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, MS, CCC-SLP, Feeding Fundamentals, LLC

Date: August 17th, 2016

This three part one -hour webinar series provides foundational education for neonatal practice professionals and feeding specialists regarding the theory and practical application of the Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants (SOFFI) Program and other Infant Led and Task Oriented Feeding Practice Strategies used to establish positive oral feeding experiences for infants in the NICU.

From Task-Oriented to Infant-Led Feedings: State of the Science, Part 3 plus Q & A session

PRESENTED BY: Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, MS, CCC-SLP, Feeding Fundamentals, LLC

Date: August 17th, 2016

This three part one -hour webinar series provides foundational education for neonatal practice professionals and feeding specialists regarding the theory and practical application of the Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants (SOFFI) Program and other Infant Led and Task Oriented Feeding Practice Strategies used to establish positive oral feeding experiences for infants in the NICU.

Supporting Parents Feeding Preemies: It’s Not Just About Intake

PRESENTED BY: Catherine S. Shaker MS/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Date: August 17th, 2016

For parents, learning to feed their preterm infant can be both frightening and stressful due to the infants’ fragile nature but also due to the overwhelming well-intended pressure to “get it in” the infant. The importance of the feeding relationship and the infant’s positive learning experiences may get lost “in the numbers” when the parents’ focus is primarily on “emptying the bottle” to get the infant home. Providing parents with the awareness and skills to let their preemie’s communication guide them during feeding creates a meaningful relationship, reduces stress and leads to improved intake.