This course will review the literature and practice considerations related to the use of thickeners in the medically fragile infant population. Thickener types will be described and complications of use will be discussed.
Course created on May 2, 2017
- After this course, participants will be able to describe recent literature on thickening practice in the infant population.
- After this course, participants will be able to explain why viscosity is used as a compensatory strategy to impact swallow safety.
- After this course, participants will be able to list types of thickeners and their benefits and limitations.
- After this course, participants will be able to list alternative interventions for infant feeding and swallowing when thickening is not indicated.
|5-10 Minutes||Incidence of feeding and swallowing difficulties|
|10-15 Minutes||Viscosity and viscosity values from the National Dysphagia Diet|
|15-30 Minutes||Thickened liquids positive and negative impact on swallow function|
|30-45 Minutes||Assessment of neonatal swallowing physiology and determining strategies to support safe feeding|
|45-50 Minutes||Cincinnati Children's population and data sample|
|50-60 Minutes||Overview of thickening products and considerations for use|
|60-70 Minutes||Literature review of published concerns regarding use of thickeners|
|70-75 Minutes||Benefits and limitations of 3 classifications of thickening agents|
|75-80 Minutes||Cincinnati Children's Thickening Task Force|
|80-85 Minutes||SLP considerations|
|85-90 Minutes||Summary and Q&A|
Brenda Thompson, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Brenda Thompson, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center with 20 years experience. She is on the inpatient team of Speech Pathologists and is dedicated to the Level IV medical-surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In her role, she provides clinical feeding and swallowing evaluations and instrumental swallowing evaluations using videofluoroscopy (VFSS) and Fiberoptic Endoscopy (FEES). She is an ASHA board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. In addition, she is a certified-reliable examiner in the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS). Ms. Thompson provides many lectures at the state and national level in the areas of swallowing and swallowing disorders, neonatal feeding, feeding/swallowing in medically fragile infants and toddlers, and cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies and their impact on feeding.
Alison Riley, MA, CCC-SLP
Alison Riley is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University and her Master's Degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the Ohio State University. Alison has been working with the premature infant population since 2003, beginning in a Level III NICU and currently in the Level IV Medical/Surgical NICU at Cincinnati Children's. Her primary area of interest is complex feeding and swallowing disorders in the medically fragile population, as well as the instrumental assessments of swallow function and airway protection.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented in partnership with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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