Pediatric Feeding: Skill or Will

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

AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Client Factors, Context and Environment
OT Process: Intervention


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Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

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. Jennifer also receives royalties for her book “As They Grow: Motor Development From Birth to Six" and a commission as a consultant for Discovery Toys.
Non-financial Disclosure: There are no relevant relationships to disclose

Course Agenda

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
10:15 - 12:00
Assessing Medically Fragile Children with Dysphagia Continued
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 02:30
Treatment Options with Medically Fragile Etologies
02:30 - 02:45
02:45 - 04:00
Case Presentations
04:00 - 04:30
Questions & Answers

Day 2

07:30 - 08:00
Registration (snack/refreshments provided)
08:00 - 10:00
Assessing Behavioral Dysphagia
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:30
Treatment Options and Behavior Modification
11:30 - 12:00
Pairing Procedures as Treatment
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 02:30
Case Presentations
02:30 - 03:00
Questions & Answers

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 13.75 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (1.35 ASHA CEUs) Bubblesheet Required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider (1.35 AOTA CEUs
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (16.5 PDUs - graded test)
  • 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. #2502009#TX
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes CIAO Seminars as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers Offering Continuing Competency Courses
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California has determined that CIAO meets the standards set forth in section 1399.95 of the CA Code of Regulations
  • CIAO is a Rule Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Approved for:
  • 16.2 Hrs PT/PTAs in NY
  • 16.0 hrs OT/COTAs, PT/PTAs in FL (CE Broker # 20-587612)
  • 13.5 Hours Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN and PT/PTAs in GA
  • 13.75 Hrs. PT/PTAs in AR, CA (CIAO23-65). IL, TX (APTA TX #2502009 for 13.75 CCUs)
  • 13.75 hrs IL Early Intervention Training Program (5.0 Assessment, 8.75 Intervention)
  • 10.5 CAOT Advanced Practice Swallowing #25-S23

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AL, AK, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT,
  • PT/PTAs in NE, NH, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, IA, IN, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT,
  • OT/COTAs in NE, NV, NH, NJ,, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY

  • Intermediate Level
    1.35 ASHA CEUs

    The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

    CIAO is recognized 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.