Tools for Treating Feeding in the Medically-Challenging Child (On-Demand).

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Course description and overview

Also known as “The Wighead Course”, this fun, highly interactive workshop for SLP/SLPAs and OT/COTAs will finally teach you anatomy in a way you can understand, remember and really use in assessment and treatment planning. You’ll learn exactly how and why craniofacial anomalies affect feeding and breathing and when you can and cannot help. You’ll understand why g-tube dependence causes sensory changes and what to do about it. You’ll even learn how to use a stethoscope for thoracic auscultation to aid in the detection of aspiration outside of the radiology suite. Then we’ll evaluate some of the emerging therapy techniques and explore the relevant controversies in light of our solid understanding of anatomy and physiology.

Come gain the skills to assess and formulate specific treatment techniques unique to each patient based on their individual anatomy and physiology and leave encouraged and motivated to go back to your medically-challenging patients with real tools to help!

NOTE: This is a highly interactive course! You will need to purchase a styrofoam wig head from Sally Beauty Supply or Michael’s (less than $10) and a stethoscope from Amazon or your local drug store (from $15 to $30).
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At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List the primary muscle groups and their functions involved in swallowing
  • Demonstrate specific techniques to aid in strengthening each group.
  • Using the pressure/valve model of swallowing, outline the effects of various craniofacial anomalies and tracheostomies on the process of feeding.
  • Discuss the effects of prolonged tube-feeding on feeding development and the goals and methods of therapeutic intervention.
  • Explain the principles of thoracic auscultation and demonstrate basic techniques used in dysphagia therapy.
  • Evaluate the rationale of 3 emerging or controversial techniques used in Feeding Therapy.


117 min Anatomy as the Foundation:
Review muscle groups for Orofacial
Plus Lab: Build 3-D Model
88 min Anatomy as the Foundation:
Review muscle groups – Suprahyoids
Plus Lab: Build 3-D Model
120 min Anatomy as the Foundation:
Review muscle groups – Infrahyoids
Plus Lab: Build 3-D Model
80 min Oral Mech Exam based on Cranial Nerves
108 min Effects of Craniofacial Anomalies
and Tracheostomy on Swallowing
83 min Effects of Gastrostomy Tubes on Feeding
87 min New Tools and Controversies
88 min Pulmonary Auscultation:
Discuss principles. Listen to examples
Plus Lab: Practice with stethoscopes

About the Presenter:

Jennifer Meyer, M.A. CCC-SLP

Jennifer Meyer is a popular national speaker in the areas of NICU and Pediatric Dysphagia and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. She has over 25 years experience specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developing outpatient hospital-based feeding programs, providing consultation and program development for Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Home Health Companies, and serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University and Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE).


Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Meyer is a co-owner of CEU-Espresso, Inc. and was paid an honorarium for this presentation. She owns a private practice, Feeding and Dysphagia Resources, P. C. in Denton, TX
Non-financial: Jennifer is a personal friend of the developer of the Res-Q Infant Wedge, sometimes mentioned in her presentations.

Sponsor Disclosure:

This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure:

This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.