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    Infant Feeding: Beyond Just the Swallow

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    Add to Calendar 06/08/2024 07:30 AM 06/08/2024 01:30 PM America/Chicago Infant Feeding: Beyond Just the Swallow Hotel:
    Phone: 850-916-8886
    CIAO Studios CIAO Seminars, Inc mail@ciaoseminars.com false MM/DD/YYYY

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Physical Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst

Course Description

Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) is a new diagnosis that not only encompasses dysphagia, but also dysfunction in medical, nutritional, psychological, and/or feeding skills domains. Feeding therapy providers are seeing a rise in this population. Outcomes are more successful with the right skills to assess and treat infants with feeding challenges. This course will discuss the comorbidities of PFD, caloric fortification, observations of distress, positioning, and the four domains associated with this diagnosis (nutritional, psychological, medical, and feeding). The instructor will focus on infant feeding safety, effectiveness, and efficiency as well. Participants will gain an understanding of the implications of breast/chest-feeding with PFD in infants. The course material will include assessments and referral processes for PFD. The course will round out with a case study to help bring it all together.


  1. Attend as part of the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. Attend via LIVE STREAM from anywhere around the world. Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer.


  • This live event is streamed in real time. 
  • Course agenda is in Central time, please adjust for your time zone
  • Registrants who attend the live broadcast will be able to interact with instructor.
  • All registrants will have access to the broadcast recording for 14 days.
  • A group may view the course together, however each attendee must be individually registered in order to receive CE credit.


  • Attend/view entire course
  • Pass multiple choice quiz (80% min score)
  • Complete online course evaluation


  • SLPs - this course is registered with ASHA as Blended Learning. ASHA CEUs may be earned by attending live, viewing the recording, or a combination of both.
  • OTs - Participants who need live hours for state license renewal must attend in real time yet, will still have access to the recording for 14 days.

Course Objectives

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

  • Categorize common contributors of Pediatric Feeding Disorders (PFD) in infants within the four different domains.
  • Describe the rationale for high calorie or fortification if necessary.
  • Identify social determinants of health areas negatively impacted in families with PFD.
  • List skilled intervention strategies that can be utilized to support attachment when working with families and infant dyads.
  • Evaluate distress cues of infant feeding as well as determine the suck swallow-breath ratio pattern as typical or atypical for infants.
  • Describe how positioning change during infant bottle and breast presentations can support safe feeding practices and decrease distress cues.
  • Identify skilled intervention strategies that can be made in real-time to improve the efficiency of an infant's feeding.
  • Select an appropriate assessment tools or screening measures based on concerns and the infant's age.

Amanda Graves


Dr. Amanda Graves, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CLC graduated with a clinical doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a focus on clinical education and pediatric feeding. She works as a speech clinical manager and feeding clinical mentor for a private pediatric home health agency in Texas. Providing quality education related to pediatric feeding, specifically to therapists with limited access, became Dr. Graves’ passion after moving to a rural part of Texas and experiencing the difference in the care her own premature daughter received and the lack of learning opportunities available. She has 16 years of experience in pediatrics with the last 12 years specifically in pediatric feeding. Dr. Graves guest lectures at Texas Tech University Health Science Center and has presented at multiple local and state conferences.

Financial Disclosure: Amanda Graves receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course. Salary from Therapy 2000/Green Apple Therapy- Clinical Manager and Clinical Feeding Specialist. Owner and intellectual property rights of Itty-Bitty Mouths –Feeding SLP.

Non-financial Disclosure: Volunteer for Feeding Matters- Physician Outreach Project. Volunteer ASHA Conference- PFD review board. Volunteer presenter at Texas Tech University of Health Sciences Center

All times listed are Central Time

Day 1

08:00 - 08:30
Overview of PFD and medical domain
08:30 - 09:00
Nutritional Domain
09:00 - 09:45
Psychosocial Domain
09:45 - 10:30
Infant Feeding- Safety
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:15
Infant Feeding - Effectiveness
11:15 - 11:45
Infant Feeding- Efficiency
11:45 - 12:15
Breastfeeding and PFD
12:15 - 12:45
Assessment and Referals for PFD in Infants
12:45 - 01:30
Case study and Q&A

Delivery VIA:

  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL. Included with each Live Stream registration is access to the course recording for the 14 days immediately following the broadcast.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 5 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.5 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (5 PDUs)
  • 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 Texas Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov #2502009#TX
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • 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
  • Approved for:
  • 5 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
  • 5 Hrs. PT/PTAs in IL, TX (APTA TX #2502009 for 5 CCUs)
  • 6 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 6 Hrs. OT/COTAs, PT/PTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-1158180)
  • 6 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for PT/PTAs in AZ, GA, NV, OK, SC, TN

Course meets requirements for:

  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, LA, KS, KY, 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, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

  • Introductory Level
    0.5 ASHA CEUs

    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.


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