This 14.5 hour course will provide all neonatal therapists with foundational knowledge to complete a comprehensive, clinical bedside feeding and swallowing evaluation in a systematic and evidence-based way. Building on these competencies, this course will emphasize the importance of the whole-child and how to capture the complexities of the infant/family’s needs while in the neonatal ICU. This course will highlight all the interactions and synergies that greatly contribute to the overall growth and success of the infant and family. Finally, this course will provide neonatal therapists a way to not only evaluate the infant, but to empower caregivers to effectively and safely feed their infants.
OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD, and neonatal professionals
Overall Course Objectives
Recorded webinar, lecture, videos, case studies, and handouts. A learning assessment follows each module and course evaluation follows the course.
Course Completion Requirements
The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation, and complete each post-module learning assessment with at least an 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times are recorded and documented. Following completion of this course physical therapists, nurses and other disciplines will receive a certificate of completion and a zip file containing information necessary to submit to their individual state for education credit. Zip file will include course bibliography. Physical therapists are responsible for knowing and adhering to their state’s deadlines, rules, and regulations.
Module 1: Feeding in the NICU Begins at Day of Life # 1
Module 1 Objectives
Module 2: Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology and Development of the Aerodigestive Mechanism
Module 2 Objectives
Module 3: Assessing the “Whole Infant” and Non-Nutritive Sucking
Module 3 Objectives
Module 4: Assessing the Bottle Feeding
Module 4 Objectives
Module 5: Assessing the Breastfeeding
Module 5 Objectives