Establishing the Evidence: Using objective metrics to support the transition to oral feeding.
by Dr. Gilson Capilouto and Dr. Tommy Cunningham

Speakers: Dr. Gilson Capilouto, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Tommy Cunningham, PhD
Topic: Establishing the Evidence: Using objective metrics to support the transition to oral feeding.

Speaker Bio:Dr. Gilson Capilouto is a professor and clinical researcher at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and a Fellow of the American-Speech-Language Association. Her clinical research focuses on infant and pediatric feeding and swallowing.

Dr. Tommy Cunningham holds a Ph.D. in Biomechanics and an Adjunct
Professorship at the University of Kentucky. His goal is to utilize technological advances in measurement and data analyses and apply them to better understanding infant feeding issues. He currently holds 11 US patents to measure human movement and performance.
Course Description: Dr. Gilson Capilouto outlines current methods in describing infant feeding coordination and the role objective feeding metrics can play in advancing caregiver education and understanding during feeding interventions.

Dr. Tommy Cunningham breaks down how results from interventions at cribside are illustrated in data analytics. Through the use of case studies, graphics, and video this course provides the basic understanding needed to integrate real-time biofeedback and objective metrics into your current feeding practice.

Speaker Disclosures: Financial – Dr. Capilouto and Dr. Cunningham are co-founders and have a financial interest in NFANT Labs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize the current methods used to describe sucking patterns in neonatal feeding
  2. Hypothesize about the ways objective metrics might be used to strengthen the evidence base for feeding interventions
  3. Discuss the differences in sucking patterns pre- and post-intervention for a full term infant post-hospital discharge
  4. Hypothesize about the ways objective metrics might be used to monitor feeding skill development in preterm and sick term infants

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