When Baby Can’t Suck: An Advanced Course for Therapists

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Newborns and young infants who present with bottle and/or breastfeeding challenges require skilled care for proper differential diagnosis and supportive treatment that works, and caregivers deserve to meet their feeding goals.

In this advanced course for therapists you will learn how to problem solve sucking issues in infants. What factors are limiting the development of safe efficient feeding, and how should you navigate the many tools available on the market?  Identify underlying structural problems and oral-motor/functional disorders and implement treatment strategies for latch, coordination, and feeding endurance, not just compensatory skills for weight gain! Recognize associated patterns of cranial/facial tension, head/neck/body tension and asymmetry, and how to differentially treat these issues through co-treatment and collaborative care with your team.

Key Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify factors that limit the development of safe, efficient sucking skills in infants.
  2. Discuss strategies for improving sucking skills in infants.
  3. Explain priorities in selecting nipples, bottles, and pacifiers for infants with sucking problems.

Time Ordered Agenda:

30 minDevelopment of Sucking and Swallowing Skills: Breast and Bottlefeeding, Meeting Parent Goals for Feeding Their Infant
90 minFactors that Limit the Development of Safe Efficient Sucking: Case Studies and Video Examples
15 minBreak
60 minTools: From Confusion to Clarity in the Nipple Aisle: Product Characteristics and Function
45 minMore Therapy Strategies to Help Infants Feed Well and Thrive
15 minClinical Problem Solving, Question and Answer

Total Duration for CEUs:

4 hours.

About the Presenter:

The owner of Food Smart Kids, LLC, Nina Ayd Johanson, MA, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, is a highly regarded clinician and renowned instructor with more than 27 years of experience. She has trained thousands of therapists both in the United States and internationally in "AEIOU: An Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding", a comprehensive professional training program that she developed and continues to teach. Nina provides education and support to parents of newborns and young children through her online learning platform to help children and their families learn to love food, enjoy family mealtimes, and thrive. She developed the "Baby-Cued Method™", a responsive feeding approach, to answer the many questions parents have about feeding their babies and transitioning to solid foods. Many parents feel worried about the next steps with feeding after breast or bottle, and the internet and social media have added to the confusion. She helps parents embrace the process simply and intuitively, without gimmicks or trends that could hinder the process. Nina also works in private practice in Baltimore, and with the Maryland Pediatric Group. A Certified Lactation Counselor and Certified Educator of Infant Massage, she specializes in infants with sucking dysfunction, tongue tie, and breast and/or bottle-feeding aversion. She has extensive expertise is diagnosis and treatment of infants and children with oral motor/feeding disorders, feeding tube dependency, autism, complex medical issues, and other developmental disabilities. Nina recently retired from her position as a Speech-Language Pathologist and pediatric feeding specialist for an acclaimed children's hospital after 25 years, where she founded the TOTs Program (for infants with feeding problems due to tethered oral tissue/tongue tie). She holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Applied Healing Arts from the Tai Sophia Institute (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health). She is a board-certified Holistic Health Practitioner and was trained in integrative nutrition through the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s Food As Medicine program.  


Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: I have no relevant financial relationships in the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation. I receive a speaking fee for presenting this course.
Non-Financial: I have no relevant non-financial relationships in the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation.

Content Disclosure:

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

Target Audience:

SLPs, OTs, PTs, Assistants, Educators. Appropriate for other professionals (social workers, nurses, dieticians, etc.) working with infants and young children with feeding problems.

Required for course completion:

  • Registration and payment in full
  • Record of attendance on sign-in/sign-out page with signature times noted.
  • Assessment of learner outcomes via course evaluation form at completion of course
  • Attestation to your full attendance of the course and completion of all requirements

Note: Participants must attend all sessions and complete all course requirements to receive a Continuing Education Certificate. No partial credit will be awarded.

Available Continuing Education Credits:

ASHA Brand Block for CEU Espresso 0.4 ASHA CEUs
Advanced level

ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
AOTA Approved Provider Logo CEU Espresso is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 04118. This Distance Learning-Interactive course is offered at 0.4 CEUs Advanced level, OT Service Delivery.

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1 review for When Baby Can’t Suck: An Advanced Course for Therapists

  1. guamgal

    Nina is very knowledgeable in the area of pediatric feeding and provides valuable information in this course for working with infants that breast and/or bottle feed from assessment to treatment. Would love to learn even more after this course!

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