Advanced Infant-Pediatric Dysphagia: Problem-Solving Complex Patients & Practice Challenges

February 21-22, 2021

This timely seminar will bring you essential information to problem-solve complex swallowing and feeding disorders. Correlating co-morbidities, clinical data, and the infant/child’s behaviors is at the heart of completing a good differential. Apply critical problem-solving skills to complex issues encountered form infants through school aged: in the NICU and after discharge, airway/respiratory (trach/vent, vocal cord paralysis, tracheomalacia, laryngomalacia, congenital heart disease, PPHN), sensory/GI (weaning from G-Tubes, picky eaters, short gut, reflux), oral motor/craniofacial /tethered oral tissues, neuro (congenital, acute), and considerations for instrumental assessments. Explore controversial topics in pediatric dysphagia (such as thickening, feeding post extubation, NMES, aspiration), and discuss your challenging patients with the instructor and your peers. Come ready to take it to the next level!

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the dynamic problem-solving process essential to effective clinical management
  • Explain the use of system-based differential diagnosis specific to clinical presentation of feeding/swallowing problems
  • Apply critical reflective thinking to 3 case presentations
  • Discuss key approaches to a variety of complex feeding/swallowing clinical presentations
  • Explain key concepts/challenges/evidence specific  to “controversial topics” in pediatric dysphagia



Cost -  

$400.00; Check only by mail to Pediatric Resources at address below; must be postmarked at least 14 days before seminar date

$430.00 On-Site Registration Course Fee, if not postmarked 14 days before seminar date; call to check space availability and details


Pediatric Resources, Inc.
P. O. Box 2536
Windermere, FL  34786-2536

Earned credits -  

1.3 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area)
13 contact hours


Catherine S. Shaker MS/CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in Orlando, FL, with advanced training in clinical/instrumental assessment and treatment of swallowing. With over 42 years’ experience, Ms. Shaker is nationally-recognized as an expert om swallowing/feeding across the continuum of pediatric settings, including neonates, medically-fragile infants, and children through school age. She is an ASHA Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, one of the unique group of speech-language pathologists nationally who have earned this designation. Ms. Shaker has been an integral part of large Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Units for over 33 years and is known for her work on Cue-Based Feeding approaches in the NICU. She has published several manuscripts on NICU intervention, and co-authored The Early Feeding Skills Assessment Tool for NICU Infants with Suzanne Thoyre, Ph.D., RN, of Chapel Hill. Ms. Shaker received the Pioneer Award from NANT (The National Association of Neonatal Therapists) and is a recognized leader in NICU practice and supporting E1 clinicians following NICU graduates. She provides swallow studies for infants and children, is NDT-trained, Vital Stim, and SOS (The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding). Ms. Shaker lectures across the US and internationally for therapists, nurses, and physicians.


Seminar:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm, both days

Registration:  7:20 am – 7:45 am, Day One


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030
Nightly rate: $115.00 (price varies based on room availability)

Ask for Texas Children’s Hospital ESP Rate

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