Welcome to my website where I share my passion for neonatal/pediatric swallowing and feeding and lifelong learning. Whether you are looking for a solid foundation in neonatal/pediatric swallowing and feeding, or for advanced clinical learning opportunities, my seminars have been designed with you in mind.
Join me next year for an exceptional learning experience. My 2024 schedule for onsite live seminars will be available soon. Sign up for my blog on my website to receive a notification when my 2024 Seminar schedule posts.
My goal is to provide you with learning that informs your practice, and meaningful and memorable interactions, with highly respected instructors who are leaders in the field regarding challenging patients and professional practice issues.
Our discussions will include critical thinking for all our patients, no matter the age or co-morbidities. It’s not just learning “what to do” clinically but the weaving in of compassionate family-centered care, which must go hand in hand with the clinical expertise we bring. So that every feeding experience matters. It is, as one of neonatologist mentors told me years ago, all about finding the balance between the art and science of what we do. The communication from the infant, the child, and the family must always be the lense through which we problem-solve and intervene. Each of us has had a moment when we really “listened”, and it changed our practice forever. Mine was in 1985, with a wonderful mother of a critically ill preterm infant, and it has stayed in my heart. This relationship-based nature of our work, and its potential to influence lives in so many ways, must remain as much a part of our day-to-day interactions with families, always inextricably linked to our problem-solving.
Visit my website often to hear about current research that impacts our delivery of care, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment approaches, problem-solving complex patients from neonates to school-aged children, and to learn about my publications. Support for your lifelong journey is right here.
I look forward to learning along with you in 2024!
Catherine S Shaker, MS/CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Neonatal/Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
Board Certified Specialist – Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
Pediatric Resources Inc.