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    Feeding in the NICU



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    Appropriate Disciplines

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

Course Description

Children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are a fast-growing segment of a Feeding Therapists Caseload. Premature Infants are very different in many ways from full-term newborns. Come learn some of the important, necessary and fascinating information on reading a babys communicative cues, proper positioning for safer feeding and motoric development, and how to promote breastfeeding even in the NICU. In this dynamic educational presentation for SLPs and OTs, you will be able to see the behaviors discussed in actual photographs from the NICU.

Course Requirements:
  • Computer with internet and working speakers/sound are required for this course.
  • Course must be completed within 30 days of activation (activate course within 6 months of purchase).
  • An online multiple-choice quiz (80% passing score) and submission of an online evaluation form are required for successful completion.
  • A certificate of completion will be available to print immediately after course is successfully completed.
  • SLPs - ASHA CEUs may be obtained by completing the online ASHA form and checking the "Report to ASHA" box.

AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Client Factors, Activity Demands
OT Process: Intervention

Course Objectives

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

  • Explain the importance of the premature infants behavioral cues and self-regulation in successful feeding;
  • Explain the importance of proper positioning during feeding and at rest for proper development
  • Discuss realistic expectations for breastfeeding in the NICU

Jennifer Meyer


Jennifer Meyer, M.A. CCC-SLP has over 20 years experience specializing in pediatric oral motor, speech, and feeding disorders. She is a popular national speaker and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. Jennifer has worked in many Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developed an outpatient hospital-based feeding program and served as an Oral Motor/ Feeding Consultant for Early Childhood Intervention Programs. In her role as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University she taught Neurology, Language Development, and Dysphagia courses both on campus and online. She developed and served as the Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE). She is currently consulting with several Home Health companies in the Dallas-Ft., Worth area, including mentoring more than 150 therapists and assisting in the development of a High-Risk Infant program.
Financial Disclosures: Jennifer receives royalties from CIAO Seminars for the sale of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosures: There are no relevant relationships to disclose

15 Minutes
The Families
15 Minutes
Functions of the Autonomic Nervous System
15 Minutes
Mimic the Womb
15 Minutes
Calming and Suck Patterns
15 Minutes
Safer Feeding and In the NICU
15 Minutes
Medical Conditions
15 Minutes
Ready for Discharge
15 Minutes
2.0 Hours

Delivery VIA:

  • Online - This course is offered in an online, on demand format.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 2.0 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.2 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.2 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (2 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 .2 CEUs for this program
  • 2.0 Hours OTs in CA - Advanced Practice Swallowing #25-S13

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

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)

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


"great info"

- Mineola, NY / Mar 2020

"Excellent information to prepare to receive these NICU patients in the community."

- Whitesburg, GA / Jan 2020

"Great presentation! Great presenter/teacher! "

- Middletown, OH / Nov 2019

"This was a great course! the instructor did an excellent job of presenting the material. Her care for her patients and expertise in the subject matter was obvious. I would love for her to teach more advanced NICU feeding courses covering topics like aspiration, laryngomalacia, IDM issues, etc. "

- Idaho Falls , ID / Oct 2019

"I really appreciated having access to the slides and the video of speaker at the same time"

- Salt Lake City, UT / May 2019

"Great course, very informative. Thank you!"

- La Verne, CA / Feb 2019

"Would like to know more about the management of more difficult cases e.g. babies with tracheostomy/ on high flow oxygen. also would like to know more different types of respiratory noises"

- Sha Tin, / Feb 2019

"Great course!"

- Meridian, ID / May 2018

"I thoroughly enjoyed thus course. I am new to the NICU and this greatly provided me with a good foundation for additional learning. "

- Valdosta, GA / May 2018

"Thanks to Jennifer and CIAO for a fabulous course. "

- Houston, TX / Apr 2018

"Great course! Very through and the material was explained in a manner that was easy to understand but not too simplistic. I really appreciate the Discharge portion- it helps to remember to think "big picture" "

- Jacksonville, FL / Apr 2018

"Great instructor! Love the emphasis on the whole family. "

- Macon, GA / Jan 2018

"Good information and instruction was well prepared and engaging. Thank you. "

- Fullerton, CA / Jan 2018

"My favorite part of this course was learning about positioning techniques to ensure safe/successful swallowing. "

- Richland, MS / Dec 2017

"Very comprehensive, clinically applicable"

- Hershey, PA / Nov 2017

"Jennifer is wonderful!! Wish she had more online trainings, I could listen to her talk for hours and hours :)"

- Winston Salem, NC / Jan 2016

"Great job"

- Taylors, SC / Dec 2013

"Excellent job for an online course. The pictures and examples were super helpful. The instructor did a great job of keeping you engaged."

- Philadelphia, PA / Jun 2013