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    Infant Feeding: Beyond Just the Swallow

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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


  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.


  • 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.
  • OT/PTs - 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.


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

Pediatric Feeding Disorder is a new diagnosis that not only encompasses dysphagia, but also dysfunction in medical, nutritional, psychological, and/or feeding skills domains (Goday et al., 2019). As SLPs and OTs, it's important that we have the skills to assess and treat infants with feeding challenges adequately. This course will discuss the comorbidities of PFD, the four domains associated with this diagnosis, as well as safe, efficient, and effective feeding skills to use with infants.

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

Amanda Graves, M.S. CCC-SLP, CLC is a Speech Clinical Manager and feeding mentor in Lubbock, Texas. Amanda graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s degree in communication disorders in 2007 and is a doctoral candidate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with graduation pending December 2023. Amanda has 16 years of experience in pediatrics with the last 12 years specifically in pediatric feeding. She is certified as a lactation counselor and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation provider and has completed training programs for kinesio-taping for dysphagia, SOS approach, Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants (SOFFI), myofascial release, and orofacial and myofunctional therapy. Providing quality education for pediatric feeding, specifically to therapists with limited access to mentoring support, became Amanda’s passion after moving from a large urban area to rural Texas. After seeing the difference in the care that her own premature daughter received and the lack of learning opportunities for these therapists, Amanda began helping her community by providing education and mentorship to therapists that lacked this support. Amanda guest lectures at Texas Tech University Health Science Center and has presented at both local and state conferences as well. When not having a meal with her patients in therapy, Amanda can be found celebrating the day with coffee or queso surrounded by friends or her husband and three children.
Financial Disclosure: Amanda Graves receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-financial Disclosure: There are no relevant relationships to disclose

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.
  • As an IACET Accredited Provider, CIAO offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 5 CEUs for this program
  • 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
  • This activity meets continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in 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. PT/PTAs in IL, TX (APTA TX #2502009 for 5 CCUs)
  • 6 Hrs. OT/COTAs, PT/PTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-1158180)
  • 6 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 5 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
  • 5 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for PT/PTAs in AZ, GA, OK, SC, TN

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, 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, 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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