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Karin Mitchell is a worldwide respected Speech Language Pathologist specializing in the care and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing, developmental care of the medically fragile infant and child, and pediatric traumatic brain injury. Her love of teaching and helping others drives her to create and deliver fun and empowering continuing education courses across the nation and internationally. Areas covered are Developmental Care in the NICU, Cue Based Feeding, pediatric feeding and swallowing analysis and treatment, including the use of VitalStim, swallow studies, enhancing decision making and clinical analysis, breast feeding the medically fragile infant and child, and developmental milestones supporting feeding skill acquisition. Beginning her practice in 1995, Karin sought out learning opportunities and creative ways to teach others. She now serves as a lead therapist for the NICU and Feeding Teams at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, CA. With a clinical practice formed by a strong theory base in NDT and SI therapies, Karin is also NOMAS trained and VitalStim certified. She provides ongoing education in-services and hands-on labs for appropriate developmental care, positioning, handling, and feeding skills for clinical staff including medical residents, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists. Karin was a key player in the development of unit protocols and care plans for evidence-based developmental care in the highly specialized Small Baby Unit (ELBW) at CHOC which includes an ongoing education series required by all medical and support personnel. She is an active committee member for multiple qualities of care committees including Skin to Skin Care, Developmental Care, Infant Driven Feeds, Breast Feeding Coalition, Palliative Care, Neuro NICU Team, Trauma Team, and Family Centered Care. A dedicated leader, Karin devotes much of her time to the support and development of clinicians, serving as a mentor committed to building therapist's skills in clinical analysis and therapeutic effectiveness with medically fragile patients. She is a strong advocate for her patients and their families and speaks at local associations, community centers, local universities, and school districts to support medically fragile infants and children.
Financial Disclosure: Karin receives an honorarium from CIAO for the presentation of this course. She also receives royalties for the purchase of her recorded course(s)
Non-financial Disclosure: Karin uses VitalStim in her clinical practice.
CIAO is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CIAO complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, CIAO is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.
CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
This course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)
"This course was extremely informative and provided great information. It was presented in a manner that was easy to understand and follow. "
- Greenville , SC / Oct 2022
"I learned a lot of practical knowledge from this course."
- Hereford, TX / Oct 2022
"This was a great course. Karin and Kathy were great! I would have loved more videos. "
- Lake Forest, CA / Sep 2022
"Very informative "
- Baton Rouge, LA / Sep 2022
"I really enjoy these therapists' presentation style and they way the compliment each other. I have taken a few courses from them and I have always enjoyed them together. "
- Boise, ID / Jul 2022
"Excellent to have SLP/OTR side by side to discuss each area. "
- Knoxville, TN / Jul 2022
"Good review of the whole child and how it relates to swallow. "
- Bossier, LA / Apr 2022
"Course needs more visual aids. The videos were very helpful and more of them would help. Less sitting and talking and more visual instruction would really improve this course. "
- Sumrall, MS / Apr 2022
"This class was fabulous and I have already recommended it to two other SLP's. Thank you. "
- Rochester, NY / Mar 2022
"I would have loved to see a comparison of adult and peds difference in diagram form with key features ( memory joggers) listed. A highlights summary maybe. "
- Twin Falls, ID / Mar 2022
- Lubbock, TX / Jul 2021
"These women were awesome!!!!!!!! I have been a practicing SLP for over 10 years and this course had so much great information, was well organized, explained the info in a great and realistic way, put all areas of development together and explained how they connect and why it is important to know this info, and provided me with new ideas and new things to focus on!!!! I rate them 120/100!!!"
- San Antonio, TX / Apr 2021
"I love these instructors! They instructed my Pedi Vital Stim course years ago. There love and passion for this topic is very apparent."
- Palmer, AK / Feb 2021
"Courses always provide clear information. Power points are thorough."
- Austin, TX / Jan 2021
"I was still a little confused about what as suck swallow burst was. Overall a VERY great course and I learned a lot. Probably the best one I’ve taken in a long time! Definitely would recommend to other professionals. "
- Owens Cross Roads, AL / Jan 2021
"Excellent course. Thank you. "
- Johns Creek, GA / Oct 2020
"This course was great. The instructors were absolutely amazing!"
- Yorba Linda, CA / Sep 2020
"I really enjoyed the instructors. Great knowledge and provided good examples. I loved learning about the overall motor development and its importance to feeding and speech. As a physical therapist I have learned a great deal from these ladies and how positioning is important across all disciplines "
- Jefferson City, MO / May 2020
"I always enjoy the courses featuring Kathy Ramirez and Karin Mitchell because they provide me with so much information. They both do a great job of presenting the information in a manner that is not overwhelming but entertaining and conducive to learning/retention."
- Auburndale, FL / Mar 2020
- Whitesburg, GA / Jan 2020
"Wonderful course. I enjoyed being able to go at my own pace and to be able to stop and rewind things. It also enjoyed that it was split into sections that were manageable."
- Cedar Rapids, IA / Dec 2019
" As always this course was very helpful and informative and will be useful for future treatment sessions . "
- Chattanooga, TN / Nov 2019
"I love Kathy and Karin! They are so good at presenting their knowledge in such a relatable way. I enjoyed watching on line, so I could pause them and take notes without missing anything. I will definitely recommend this course to my colleagues!"
- Burnsville, MN / Oct 2019
"This course provided a concise, well-organized overview about the milestones in each area of development and of the interplay between the growth in all the areas."
- San Antonio, TX / Jul 2019
"Excellent overview for even a therapist with 20 years experience! Good solid points for training students and younger clinicians. "
- Omaha, NE / Jul 2019
"excellent course, well presented"
- Fergus Falls, MN / Jul 2019
"Knowing more specific details about the anatomy of the swallow through all stages is very helpful and a good refresher of information "
- Tarpon Springs , FL / Jun 2019
"great course on overall developmental acquisition and how multiple systems should work together to support overall function"
- Askov, MN / May 2019
"Great course, great content. Really enjoyed it and found it beneficial."
- Lincoln, NE / Apr 2019
"Excellent course! Wish I had found it months ago. "
- gaithersburg, MD / Mar 2019
"Nicely organized and a great developmental review. "
- Lawton, OK / Mar 2019
- Claremore, OK / Feb 2019
"Follow up course on specific intervention techniques to address discoordinated infant feeding (suck-swallow-breath) and how to manage stress during feedings, to keep the feeding experience positive"
- Pineville, LA / Jan 2019
"Videos that show respiration without clothing to better visualize the different types of breathing abdominal vs thoracic breathing. NB MBS videos? Thank you!"
- Lakewood, NJ / Dec 2018
"This course was a great review of developmental milestones. I enjoyed the "whole child" approach. The presenters did not only focus on the narrow aspect of swallowing. "
- Richland, MS / Dec 2017
"Karin and Kathy did an excellent job engaging their listeners and explaining the material in a clear and concise manner. This class and the knowledge I gained helped me to tackle my first infant feeding evals with much more professional and confidence. Thank you!"
- ALBUQUERQUE, NM / Nov 2017
"This was a very informative course, thank you!"
- Holly Ridge, NC / Oct 2017
"Really enjoyed this course! Narration and information spoken during the powerpoint slides were very informational and helpful."
- Mount Laurel, NJ / Sep 2017