Is it Skill or Will? Assessment and Treatment of Medical and Behavioral Pediatric Dysphagia
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Appropriate Disciplines:
• Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
• Speech Language Pathologist
• Occupational Therapist
• Speech Language Pathology Asst
• Nurse
• Physical Therapist
• Physical Therapy Asst
Course Level:
• Intermediate
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Jennifer Jones' new course was created due to multiple requests for a course that addresses assessing and treating children with more involved feeding disorders. The complex medical issues and frustrating behavioral refusals that lead to profound dysphagia are discussed based on current research. The process of completing an educated, differential diagnosis, developing the appropriate treatment plan and performing treatment techniques are the focal points of this course. Dr. Jones teaches a step-by-step process in increasing preferred foods for the pickiest little eater and also how to treat pharyngeal dysphagia without the luxury of the instrumental exam. The class includes case presentations with treatment protocols. This course is designed to provide therapists with the tools to treat difficult dysphagia clients immediately upon returning to work.

Course participants will receive Jennifer's book As They Grow: Motor Development from Birth to Six

AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Client Factors, Context and Environment
OT Process: Intervention
Course Objectives
  • Identify 3 medical etiologies that can lead to pharyngeal dysphagia and management techniques for each disorder.
  • Describe 3 possible clinical signs of pharyngeal dysphagia in pediatrics.
  • Explain the 3-Step process of increasing preferred foods through pairing and chaining.
  • List 2 primary medical etiologies that can lead to long-term food refusal and discuss management for these etiologies.
  • Discuss 3 behavior modifications to increase appropriate behaviors.
  • Relate at least 2 treatment techniques to various disorders of range of motion, strength and endurance of oral musculature.
Jennifer Jones
Dr. Jones is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 25 years of experience. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from Converse College. Dr. Jones completed her Masters in Speech Pathology (M.S.P.) and her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of South Carolina. She is an advocate of continued education and attends national conferences on a regular basis, which has earned her the ACE award throughout her entire career.

After working in the hospital, clinic and in-home settings, she ventured into private practice in January of 2001 by founding Therapeutic Interventions of Georgia, Inc., which has grown exponentially over the past years. Currently, Dr. Jones primarily works with children who have oral-motor, feeding and swallowing impairments. She also has extensive training with cochlear implants and sensory disorders. Dr. Jones believes strongly in the whole child approach and completed her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment this past year. She applies the knowledge from her certifications to work with a variety of disabilities, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), dysphagia, genetic syndromes, receptive and expressive language disorders and hearing impairment.

Dr. Jones taught Adult and Pediatric Dysphagia in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina for 6 years. She is also a lecturer nationally and internationally on adult and pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Community involvement is also a priority to Dr. Jones. As a result of decreased funding for therapy services in the state of Georgia, she founded The Foundation for Therapeutic Options, Inc. in 2006, which is a private, non-profit organization that raises money to pay for therapy services for children in need.

Dr. Jones resides in North Augusta, South Carolina with her husband Dr. Gordon Jones and their children.

Financial Disclosure: Jennifer Jones receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-financial Disclosure: there are none to disclose

  Day 1
  07:30 - 08:00   Registration (snack/refreshments provided)
  08:00 - 08:30   Introduction and Course Overview
  08:30 - 10:00   Assessing Medically Fragile Children with Dysphagia
  10:00 - 10:15   Break
  10:15 - 12:00   Assessing Medically Fragile Children with Dysphagia Continued
  12:00 - 01:00   Lunch (on your own)
  01:00 - 03:00   Treatment Options with Medically Fragile Etologies
  03:00 - 03:15   Break
  03:15 - 04:30   Case Presentations
  04:30 - 05:00   Questions & Answers

  Day 2
  07:30 - 08:00   Registration (snack/refreshments provided)
  08:00 - 10:00   Assessing Behavioral Dysphagia
  10:00 - 10:15   Break
  10:15 - 11:30   Treatment Options and Behavior Modification
  11:30 - 12:00   Pairing Procedures as Treatment
  12:00 - 01:00   Lunch (on your own)
  01:00 - 03:00   Case Presentations
  03:00 - 03:30   Questions & Answers

Contact hours pre-approved for:
  • 13.75 Hours (1.35 CEUs)
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLP/SLPAs) Bubblesheet Required
  • This course is offered for 1.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTAs).
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (13.75 PDUs)
  • This CNE activity was approved by the Alabama State Nurses Assoc., an accredited approver by the ANCC''s Commission on Accreditation
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov. #1902009TX
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • 13.5 hrs PT/PTAs in KY (CS104-2017-KPTA)
  • 13.75 hrs PT/PTAs in OH (#17S0556)
  • 13.5 hrs Nurses (#2-0.1785)
  • 16.0 hrs OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker # 20-587612)
Course meets requirements for:
  • SLP/SLPAs in all states
  • PT/PTAs in AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, ME, MO, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NY, NC,
  • PT/PTAs in NH, ND, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • Participants who successfully complete this course will receive CEU Certificate at the end of the course
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
CIAO is regognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)
CIAO Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.