June 22 – 24, 2011: Pediatric Dysphagia: Management of the Whole Child

Pediatric Dysphagia: Management of the Whole Child

Develop a comprehensive management plan for children with dysphagia by learning the skills necessary.

Many children, including those with cerebral palsy, prematurity, and gastro-esophageal reflux disease among others, present us with the special challenges of pediatric swallowing disorders. Too often, the whole child is lost as we struggle to address the myriad of symptoms with which we are presented. Reflux, chronic respiratory infections, poor nutrition and food refusal are just a few of the issues facing clinicians, parents and caregivers–in the clinic, at school and at home. Management does not consistently take into account the important interplay between oral motor skills, respiration, gastrointestinal functioning, nutrition and learned behaviors.

This dynamic program will pull all the pieces together for professionals working with children with dysphagia. Beginning with a holistic approach to assessment, including consideration of gastrointestinal issues, postural stability, sensory skills, feeding readiness and including the traditional assessment areas of oral motor and pharyngeal functioning, participants will build the skills necessary to develop a comprehensive management plan. Attendees of this seminar will learn effective interventions in the areas of oral motor skills, nutritional considerations, airway management and behavior modifications. Ethical considerations specific to the pediatric population and their implications for our practice will also be discussed.

Course Will Cover:

  • Understand the interplay between oral-motor, gastrointestinal and respiratory systems
  • Apply principles of pediatric assessment in clinical and instrumental evaluation
  • Develop and implement holistic treatment plans which include nutrition, behavior management and normalization or sensation
  • Identify the ethical considerations specific to the pediatric population

Course Content:

Physiology of the Pediatric Swallow

  • Oral motor function
  • Respiration
  • Gastrointestinal function

Clinical Assessment

  • Case history considerations
  • Behavior
  • Feeding readiness
  • Airway
  • Sensory issues
  • Postural stability
  • Oral motor function
  • Feeding/Swallowing

Modified Barium Swallow Studies

  • Candidacy
  • Positioning
  • Radiation safety

The Feeding Environment


Normalizing Tactile Sensitivity

Airway Management

  • Reduction of aspiration risk
  • Increasing respiratory control
  • Tracheostomy management

Oral Motor Interventions

  • Jaw stability
  • Facial/labial control
  • Lingual control
  • Tone

Advancing Textures

Utensil Use

Nutritional Considerations

  • Maintaining nutrition and hydration
  • Non-oral nutrition

Reflux Management

Appropriate Feeding Behaviors

  • Lab

Ethical Considerations

Registration Fees:

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: 10 days before seminar: $189, $179 each for two to four people, $169 each for five or more.

REGULAR FEE: Less than 10 days before the seminar: $209, $199 each for two to four, $189 each for five or more.

Who Should Attend:

Dates & Times:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 8:00AM-3:30PM
Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 8:00AM-3:30PM
Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:00AM-3:30PM


June 22
Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek
555 N.W. 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Phone: 954-772-5400

June 23
Embassy Suites Tampa Airport
555 N Westshore Blvd
Tampa, Florida 33609
Phone: 813-875-1555

June 24
Crowne Plaza Universal
7800 Universal Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: 407-355-0550


Please visit Cross Country Education’s Pediatric Dysphagia: Management of the Whole Child to register.

About Cross Country Education:

Cross Country Education is a national leader in high-quality educational products and services for the entire health care industry. Our seminars and training programs are designed to help health care providers achieve improved performance and results in all areas of clinical, financial and operational management. Our faculty of more than 150 instructors are the “best of the best” in their field of expertise and know how to provide programs that really make a difference to participants.

Since 1995, we have trained over 1,000,000 providers, managers, nurses, behavioral health professionals and other key personnel throughout the entire healthcare industry. We produce over 5,000 seminars and conferences annually for the health care industry. Plus, we coordinate in-house training for health care facilities. Let us provide your training and professional education needs!