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
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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/Sign-In
  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/Sign-In
  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
  • 13.0 hrs PT/PTAs in MS
  • 13.5 hrs PT/PTAs in KY (CS104-2017-KPTA), LA
  • 13.5 hrs Nurses (#2-0.1785)
  • 13.75 hrs PT/PTAs in OH (#17S0556)
  • 16.0 hrs PT/PTAs, OT/COTAs in FL (FPTA #CE17-587612) (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.
Houston , TX   Sep 2017
Thank you for all your hard work. I appreciated the presenter's portrayal of positive and challenging therapy moments. It really provides encouragement that we can learn & grow from all experiences.
Houston , TX   Sep 2017
I appreciate the suggestions for example goals, treatment plans, parent questionnaires. The outs are extremely helpful!
Houston , TX   Sep 2017
First day was directed more towards speech therapists. As a COTA, I wasn't sure about some of the terms used. However, it was nice to gain that knowledge. I really enjoyed the videos, they were great examples and I appreciate the visual demo.
Houston , TX   Sep 2017
Jennifer has a great wealth of knowledge and experience. I just wish she had touched on more beyond predominately infants in the skill portion as I have several blind/deaf children with other dx & g-tube.
Metairie, LA   Sep 2017
This course was great! Very functional information to take back and utilize.
Metairie, LA   Sep 2017
The videos/examples greatly helped to grasp what a good feeding session looks like. Checklists and sample evals also great just so i can have a good example of what to include/look for. List of nipples/bottles/cups and uses or differences in a chart form would be very helpful! Feeding course targeting more cognitively impaired/severely autistic population would be very helpful.
Dania Beach, FL   Jun 2017
Grateful for Jennifer encouraging questions as we went through & leaving time to be able to answer them sufficiently.
Dania Beach, FL   Jun 2017
This was a fantastic course - well coordinated, organized, presented...Thank you so much. :) I'd love to stop and visit your clinic when we come through GA.
Orlando, FL   May 2017
Thank you- course was great!
Orlando, FL   May 2017
This is a very informative course. It would be great to have more pediatric courses online. It would make it easier to take more courses.
Orlando, FL   May 2017
I loved how the information provided was information I can immediately apply into my therapy sessions.
Orlando, FL   May 2017
Fantastic course that offered useful modifications for a variety of different patient populations. Jennifer was very knowledgeable and answered a ton of helpful questions.
Orlando, FL   May 2017
Very practical, real life suggestions. Thank you.
Orlando, FL   May 2017
Presenter is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about topic.
Orlando, FL   May 2017
Absolutely found this course informative & relative to my current caseload. Found new therapeutic techniques to utilize with clients.
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Needs to be a three day presentation- I have learned so much, but thirsty for more!
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Finally a course that offers feeding clinicians a buffet of ideas and techniques targeting both skill level AND behaviors.
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
This is the first course in 30 years of OT that I did not want to leave to go potty because I did not want to miss anything! That speaks volumes for Jennifer!
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Jennifer gave me functional easy skills and ideas to add to my feeding sessions. She gave me the skills I need to treat and feeding patient that walks in my door.
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Best feeding course I have attended. Content and presentation style was captivating and insightful!
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Best speaker I have seen with great knowledge.
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Jennifer Jones is a very dynamic and knowledgeable speaker. She kept my attention the entire two days due to her professional knowledge and teaching abilities.
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
I will look at the whole child and do more observation of child's feeding and make meals more pleasurable.
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Please offer contact information for attendees who agree to sharing.
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Excellent workshop!!
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Is it Skill or Will is a course that can be used by all feeding therapists in all settings. Strategies are realistic and manageable. I appreciate the video clios that show strategies at work and the progress being made.
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
I would like to see a course more focused from birth to 1-2 years of age. To include both medical fragile kids and kids that begin eating then stop.
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Great course and presenter!
Biloxi, MS   Nov 2016
One of the best workshops I have participated in via CIAO. Loads of information easily understood due to speakers ease with transfer of knowledge.
Biloxi, MS   Nov 2016
Such a great course with lots of useful information! Highly enjoyed this course!
Biloxi, MS   Nov 2016
Very useful course!