Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: From Physiology to Analysis

February 23, 2021

Evolution of physiology from infancy forward. Critical information for conducting and interpreting pediatric swallow studies and problem-solving at each juncture. Learn how to look beyond aspiration and appreciate the entire swallow pathway and its potential for compensations and maladaptations in relation to co-morbidities. Procedures in preparation for and during the study that are most common across the US. Recommendations and optional treatment modalities specific to pediatrics will be highlighted.  A pediatric history and report format provided to enhance learning. Videos of normal swallowing and typical radiographic swallowing problems will be shown. Case scenarios, and real-life examples discussed. Leave with a new appreciation for the essential current perspectives and the importance of problem-solving each infant/child and his unique presentation. Learn strategies to enhance MD understanding, buy-in, and support from a clinician “in the trenches”. Looking at the evidence-base, the big picture for that infant/child, and use of critical reflective thinking; not a cookbook approach.

Course Objectives

  • Describe normal radiographic swallowing behaviors in pediatrics (neonate -> 5 years)
  • Delineate differences between pediatric and adult studies
  • Describe optimal procedures for pediatric patients
  • Describe typical problems and compensations used in pediatrics
  • Discuss recommendations and highlight treatment modalities specific to the pediatric population



Cost -  

$285.00; Check only by mail to Pediatric Resources at address above; must be postmarked at least 14 days before seminar date

$300.00 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 -  

.65 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area)
6.5 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  

Registration:  7:20 - 7:45 am

Seminar Content

  • Pediatric vs. Adult studies
  • Criteria for referral & readiness for swallow study
  • Preparing the family
  • Normal swallowing physiology: Birth to Adulthood
  • Protocol/Positioning/Textures
  • Typical problems/Modifications, Strategies
  • Analysis, Recommendations/Treatment Modalities


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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