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Course # 5505
Feeding Assessment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; IL EITP/1.0; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

Achieving full oral feeding is often the final barrier to discharge from the NICU. This course will describe the three main types of patients found in the NICU, the medical and behavioral prerequisites to establishing oral feeding, common comorbidities that influence an infant’s energy/ability to orally feed and a framework to guide feeding assessment. The course will include a case review of a medically complex infant progression to oral feeding.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on July 20, 2012


Handouts are available for this course. You must be signed in and registered for this event to access them.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to identify barriers to assessing infant feeding in the NICU.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify three main infant profiles in the NICU.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list three diagnoses/co morbidities which may impact an infant's ability to establish full oral feeding.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list three readiness cues an infant should display to indicate they have the energy/interest to begin oral feeding.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify three warning signs an infant may demonstrate during oral feeding.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-10 Minutes Introduction and Overview
10-30 Minutes 3 Main Feeding Profiles in the NICU Assessment
30-50 Minutes Case Review
50-55 Minutes Resources
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Average Rating

(288 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 288 reviews

Review by: Member on January 28, 2016
It was full of valuable information.
Review by: Member on December 31, 2015
great info and easy-to-understand presentation
Review by: Member on December 30, 2015
Good information presented in organized manner
Review by: vanessa on December 29, 2015
Audio kept repeating itself which made the speaker was difficult to follow. Audio details were not always coherent with the handout.
Review by: Member on December 28, 2015
Great info
Review by: Jennifer on December 15, 2015
The instructor was very knowledgeable about the subject.
Review by: Rolando on December 15, 2015
Various scenarios presented.
Review by: Member on December 7, 2015
Straight forward
Review by: Member on December 2, 2015
Great review of basic facts
Review by: Member on December 1, 2015
organized presentation with a challenging topic
Review by: Member on November 19, 2015
As someone with no NICU experience, this was a great overview.
Review by: Amye on November 18, 2015
Wealth of information and resources.
Review by: Carrie on November 12, 2015
Information shared was practical and easy to understand.
Review by: Member on November 3, 2015
Too much information presented in too little time
Review by: Cara on November 2, 2015
Power points list specific things to look for...easy to adapt as check off of things to observe.
Review by: Member on September 28, 2015
Speaker presents in an organized manner. Information is relevant and informative.
Review by: Member on August 22, 2015
I took this course to better understand the experiences of my clients who have a NICU stay in their Hx. It was very well presented and gave me not only information, but a picture of what working in the NICU is like. The comparison between integrated team approach and one-off Ax--> plan was insightful to some service delivery issues I am facing at the moment. I think the information about parents and gearing information to where they are is invaluable. I wasn't aware of the research that an expectant mother's hopes and dreams shift in the 3rd trimester from very specific to more open and general -- which is hugely important if the baby arrives early.
Review by: Melissa on August 19, 2015
Review by: Amanda on July 29, 2015
Nicely organized information.
Review by: Clarissa on July 27, 2015
Explanations of medically fragile little ones and how to manage
Review by: stephanie on July 23, 2015
Great subject matter and practical scenarios
Review by: Amanda on July 8, 2015
The handouts and clear presentation of material
Review by: Stacie on July 7, 2015
Solid information, The presenter is easy to understand and has a great delivery style.
Review by: Michelle on June 17, 2015
Very Informative
Review by: Krystina on June 4, 2015
content and case studies
Review by: Lori on May 17, 2015
having the handouts made it easier to follow presenration.
Review by: Sharon on April 27, 2015
instructor very knowlegeable
Review by: Michele on April 9, 2015
new information
Review by: Linda on April 5, 2015
I worked as as feeding and a developmental care specialist in the NICU for 12 years..however I have been in the schools for the past 5 years. I have recently been asked to return to the NICU and this coarse has been a very much appreciated review. Very well presented!
Review by: Jennifer on March 10, 2015
Detailed and organized. Gave great big picture and specific practice instruction
Review by: Ashley on February 8, 2015
the case studies
Review by: Judy on January 7, 2015
Presenter was well organized and presented her information very clearly.
Review by: Ashleigh on December 19, 2014
Not a topic I have a great deal of knowledge or experience with, interesting review
Review by: Stacy on December 13, 2014
good info related to family experience
Review by: Kristine on December 2, 2014
Very clear and well-presented content. The handouts were also well written and supported the presentation very well.
Review by: Pamela on November 5, 2014
organization, manner ofpresentation
Review by: Traci on September 27, 2014
A lot of good information
Review by: Sheri on September 12, 2014
Topic presentation and knowledge.
Review by: Catherine on July 21, 2014
The topic itself
Review by: Alison on July 2, 2014
The information was presented in an organised manner and the handouts were helpful and can be used.
Review by: Roberta on June 18, 2014
The outline of the course, the references and terminology page.
Review by: Angel on June 11, 2014
Great info but felt it was too much for 1 hour. This would be a great 2 hour course!
Review by: Caitlin on May 19, 2014
Good content but felt rushed. It may have made a good 2 hour course
Review by: Daria on May 18, 2014
I am so interested in feeding as I work with the Birth to Three population and often work with the families once they leave the NICU/hospitals. I often speak to families about the precursors to feeding and the challenges that we may face and this presentation reinforced this for me. It also allowed me better knowledge of what a NICU may be assessing while the child is within that setting.
Review by: Rachael on March 26, 2014
the topic and range of information. Especially helpful since at my current work I am called in as needed to the special baby unit.
Review by: Tylease on March 25, 2014
Love the case studies!
Review by: Kim on March 25, 2014
good information
Review by: Melissa on February 18, 2014
Excellent presentation. Great review of important material.
Review by: katherine on January 20, 2014
way presented
Review by: Stephanie on December 22, 2013
Clearly presented material.
Review by: Dori on December 15, 2013
content geared to people without a lot of experience
Review by: Letizia on October 25, 2013
Lots of relevant information, forms and specific examples.
Review by: Natalie on October 1, 2013
I liked the detailed information in this course.
Review by: Lori on September 17, 2013
This course was an excellent overview for the therapist who is considering a career in the NICU, as well as the therapist who frequently sees children recently discharged from the NICU. It gives good insight into how and why feeding decisions are made.
Review by: Kimberly on September 7, 2013
Course info was excellent but the presenter had to rush through the most interesting part due to time constraints. I wished she had sped through the background info about type of infants in NICU (etc) and spent more time on the actual assessment procedures. More specific detail about assessment procedures would have been great.
Review by: Melissa on July 31, 2013
Clear and well organized.
Review by: Katie on July 3, 2013
Well presented good handout material. Practical and functional for topic.
Review by: Kathryn on June 15, 2013
Clear, supportive material. Explanation of new terms (or an attached source for medical terminology); current literature and relatable evidence base for these practices.
Review by: Nicole on June 11, 2013
Every area was specifically covered from assessment to treatment and education and expamles as well.
Review by: Jaden on May 16, 2013
Great information.
Review by: Rhonda on May 6, 2013
It is refreshing to hear someone who understands the developmental aspect of feeding. Kay really makes the case for development in her examples. Wonderful.
Review by: Tiffany on May 5, 2013
Information provided and organization of material
Review by: Diedre on March 10, 2013
The information was relavent to the topic.
Review by: Elizabeth on March 2, 2013
I thought that the content of the course was very informative, however; the pace of the course was too fast.
Review by: Gina on February 27, 2013
Clear, concise, very useful and functional information presented well
Review by: Kristin on February 17, 2013
good examples
Review by: Roisin on February 5, 2013
very clear, excellent introduction to the NICU
Review by: Michelle on December 31, 2012
Well organized and presented at a good pace
Review by: Stacy on December 30, 2012
It provided good basic introductory information for the topic
Review by: Krista on December 27, 2012
Easy to understand
Review by: Beth on December 11, 2012
Nice basic information
Review by: Jeanette on December 5, 2012
very descriptive slides to follow along.
Review by: Twila on December 5, 2012
Good content and appreciated the use of the scale for communication.
Review by: Susan on November 18, 2012
I really liked the case studies - that helped make the information more applicable to clinical cases.
Review by: Jane on November 17, 2012
clear & concise
Review by: Jarah on November 14, 2012
Review by: Stacey on November 10, 2012
The presenter was thorough and organized. Also, she has a nice manner and a lovely voice, which is a plus for an audio-only course :)
Review by: Belinda on November 7, 2012
I have a basic introduction to feeding assessment.
Review by: Margie on November 6, 2012
Good review of nicu and great examples
Review by: Lori on November 6, 2012
Well organized and clear.
Review by: Mallary on November 2, 2012
presented well and in a way that was easy for me to understand as a speech-language pathologist with little experience with feeding and NICU
Review by: Marisa on October 28, 2012
Presenter was knowledgable and knew her audience. So many times I take courses in NICU feeding and the presenter has been doing it for years and forgets what clinicians who have very little experience need to know. I end up leaving those courses with more questions than I started with and very little answers. In one hour I gained more information than I have in a 8 hour course.
Review by: Jane on October 26, 2012
Evidenced based information
Review by: Kristen on October 19, 2012
information explained well
Review by: Karisa on October 18, 2012
The instructor kept a good flow to all of her information, and she had nice examples to go with the lesson.
Review by: Carolyn on October 14, 2012
Extensive speaker knowledge.
Review by: Corinne on October 9, 2012
Good refresher course
Review by: Jessica on October 8, 2012
Information was well presented and liked example case.
Review by: Andrea on October 6, 2012
Test questions challenged my clinical thinking and application. I liked that there was not a direct question/answer match to the lecture content and test questions. I have NO experience with infants in the NICU.
Review by: Amanda on October 6, 2012
Case studies
Review by: Kyira on October 5, 2012
This presenter is great. She is very knowledgeable and knows how to disseminate her knowledge in a clear, comprehensive, interesting way.
Review by: Lisa on September 23, 2012
Loved the feeding readiness scale!!! Never have heard of this before.
Review by: Elizabeth on September 13, 2012
excellent case examples
Review by: Tricia on August 20, 2012
The presenter spoke about some very useful methods used with NICU pts.
Review by: Elizabeth on August 20, 2012
It was informative.
Review by: Judy on August 15, 2012
Organization of the course, clear delivery by Ms. Thurston, notes, charts, visuals, and power point availability made it excellent, in my view.
Review by: JoAnna on August 15, 2012
No comment
Review by: Jill on August 10, 2012
Clear and easy to follow
Review by: Paula on July 24, 2012
helpful, interesting presentation,
Review by: Stacy on July 21, 2012
Emphasis on maintaining knowledge of what is normal skill development and on the dynamic nature of infant feeding

Course Information

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Course Presenter

kay thurston

Kay Thurston, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kay Thurston is a pediatric speech language pathologist with over 25 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including public schools, private practice, home care, outpatient pediatric clinics and hospitals. For the past 15 years Kay has worked for a Children’s Hospital in Colorado where she helped to develop and implement their feeding program. For the past 11 years Kay has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has presented throughout the state of Colorado on topics of Oral Motor/Feeding Development, Swallowing Development, Infant Feeding Assessment, and Feeding the Fragile Infant. She presented on developing an evidence based collaborative approach to feeding in the NICU at both the American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention in 2010 and National Association of Neonatal Therapists Conference in 2011.

Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; IL EITP/1.0; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit, where applicable.

Please Note: The exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

To participate in the course, complete the exam, and earn continuing education credit (where applicable), you must be a CEU Total Access member.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for 1.0 hours of EI credential credit. See http://www.illinoiseitraining.org/page.aspx?module=15 for information about credit areas.

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board: SpeechPathology.com is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 268. This course may meet the requirements for 1 hours of continuing education credit for SLPs as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits: http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/licensees/ce_req.shtml. Live webinars on SpeechPathology.com do not count as self-study courses toward California professional development requirements.

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.

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