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    Tube Feeding Basics and Beyond

    Just Go With The Flow

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    Appropriate Disciplines

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

Course Description

There are two ways to participate in this live stream event (BOTH count as LIVE Continuing Education!):
  1. as part of the LIVE STUDIO audience in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. via LIVE STREAM around the world - Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer and interact with the instructor.
Course begins: 8:00 AM Central (9:00 AM Eastern; 7:00 AM Mountain; 6:00 AM Pacific)
Please contact our office if you have any questions. 850-916-8886.

This interactive course will take the fear out of helping patients with severe dysphagia who require tube feeding. Participants will leave this course with a strong foundation, and a better understanding, of the many considerations involved with tube feeding. The instructor will use lecture, videos, pictures and case studies leaving participants with a new feeling of confidence. This course will provide information to support patients and families who may feel overwhelmed during this transition period. This course is designed for anyone working with individuals who are facing, or living with, a feeding tube such as SLPs, OTs, Dysphagia Specialists and Nurses. Family members are also welcome to attend. Discussion will include topics such as history, tube basics, feeding methods, tips and techniques, common complications, equipment care and medical considerations. The psychology of tube feeding, impact on the family and mealtime dynamics as well as the heart and mind connection will also be discussed.

AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of Occupational Therapy: Occupations
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
Occupational Therapy Process: Outcomes

Course Objectives

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

  • Discuss the types of feeding tubes available on the market and their purpose
  • Identify the various feeding methods utilized with tubes
  • Discuss tube and site care, equipment care, and medical complications that can arise or that may be related to tube feeds
  • Discuss the psychology of tube feeds and the impact this plays on the family and mealtime dynamics
  • Discuss various formulas available for tube feeding
  • Discuss various possibilities on ways to decrease tube feeds while increasing oral feeds
  • Relate the role of the gut to successful oral feeding/comfort
  • Explain differences in the role of treating the pediatric patient, the adult patient and the end of life treatment decisions

Jodie Dacy


Jodie graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She has been a practicing speech language pathologist since 1995 with extensive experience in the private sector, school settings and clinical experience in hospital settings which include long term care and outpatient rehab. Jodie became a VitalStim® Provider in 2005. Since then she has utilized this modality in the treatment of dysphagia with both her pediatric and adult patients. Jodie is also a licensed NOMAS® practitioner and certified in NDC (NMES for Dysphagia), MDTP (McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program) and Myofascial Release. She has presented locally and nationally on various topics such as Best Practices, The Benefits of Oral Motor/Feeding Therapy on Articulation/Speech Clarity amongst others. Currently, Jodie serves the Speech Language Pathology profession as a therapist at Val Verde Regional Hospital in TX and as a certified instructor of the VitalStim® Therapy and DINES Specialty Certificate Program for CIAO Seminars.

Financial Disclosure: Jodie receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course. She also receives royalties for the purchase of her recorded course(s)
Non-Financial Disclosure: Jodie uses VitalStim Therapy in her practice.

Day 1

08:00 - 08:15
Course objectives overview
08:15 - 10:00
History: tube feeding basics, methods, tips and techniques
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 12:00
Heart and Mind Connection: the gut, water, first foods, formulas, diets
12:00 - 12:30
Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 01:30
Treatment Considerations: family/staff education, medical history, swallowing safety, limitations
01:30 - 02:30
Treatment Considerations: mouth-gut connection/comfort, mealtime relationships, transition to oral feeds
02:30 - 02:45
02:45 - 03:30
Food for Thought: treating the pediatric vs adult patient, end of life decisions
03:30 - 04:00
Q & A

Delivery VIA:

  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be. mail@ciaoseminars.com
  • 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:

  • 0.7 CEUs (7.0 Contact Hours)
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLPs) requires bubble sheet submission
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTA)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7.0 PDUs)
  • 8.0 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-656903)
  • 7.0 - Intervention (Approved by Illinois Early Intervention)

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

This course is offered for 0.7 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

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.

CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)


"Overall this course was great and I am impressed with the quality of the stream. As much as the story about Daniel was interesting and informational, I do feel that reading the story in it's entirety was not needed and took time away from discussing information at the end of the course. Also, the course did seem more pediatric focused than the description stated. However, again the course was great and very informative."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2019

"The course was highly engaging and helpful. The anecdote about transitioning to drinking via a honey bear cup was really helpful and I really liked the cookbooks mentioned. I would have liked some more information on some transitioning from g-tube complications. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2019

"I enjoy the CIACO courses very much they are always informative and well organized. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2019

"Print on manual was very small"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2019

"I would enjoy more courses on this topic. Because I work from an educational perspective, I would like to hear more tips and strategies on how to team with medical professionals with medically complicated children as well as boundaries of what should not be done from by an SLP in the home setting. I would also like more treatment ideas for at home support strategies that focus on some safety concerns in the home environment. Thank you. I really enjoyed this workshop."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2019

"Would have liked more videos and pictures of feeds and cases. But really loved the course. I have loved all courses presented by CIAO. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2019

"I really enjoyed this course! Thank you very much!!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2019

"All in all a good course. I would like to see/hear a bit more information regarding interactions and education with families regarding weaning/transitioning from tube to oral feeding in the adult/elderly population along with more end of life information. Very well done! Glad to be a part of the first course."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2019