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    Tube Feeding Basics and Beyond ecourse

    Just Go With The Flow



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    Appropriate Disciplines

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

Course Description

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.

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.

101 Minutes
History: tube feeding basics, methods, tips and techniques
100 Minutes
Heart and Mind Connection: the gut, water, first foods, formulas, diets
114 Minutes
Treatment Considerations
75 Minutes
Food for Thought: treating the pediatric vs adult patient, end of life decisions
6.5 Hours

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 6.5 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.65 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.65 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (6.5 PDUs)
  • As an IACET Authorized Provider, CIAO offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 0.65 CEUs for this program
  • Approved for:
  • 7.5 Hours for OT/COTAs in FL(#20-664929)

Course meets requirements for:

  • Call CIAO 888-909-CIAO(2426) if you have questions about CE Approval
  • 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.

    This course is offered for 0.65 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)


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