My teaching will be starting again in May of this year and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet many of you who share my passion for the babies in the NICU.
Implementing Cue-Based Feeding is a critical initiative in most NICUs today. I am so excited to be teaching my Cue-based seminar in 2013 in Nashville this year on July 19th-20th at Centennial Medical Center.
Dr. Suzanne Thoyre and I will review current research about the preterm infant’s acquisition of feeding skills, the role of experience, growth, dynamic systems theory, and feeding outcomes after intensive care. We will be focusing on giving attendees the skills to use, interpret and apply The Early Feeding Skills (EFS) Assessment Tool, which profiles skills that are not evident, emerging or established. It assesses engagement, physiologic stability, oral-motor, swallowing, coordination of s-s-b. We’ll use several wonderful videotapes of feedings that we’ll look at as a large group and in small groups, to score infant behaviors, determine interventions and problem-solve their implementation.
Look at my publication on the Early Feeding Skills Assessment Tool posted on my website. You’ll see it is an infant-focused assessment grounded in solid clinical theory and practice. Having the dual perspective of an SLP and a skilled NICU nurse practitioner will give you invaluable insights. We’ll provide take home resources for continued learning and for use of the EFS in your own NICU.
Also, you’ll find my recently published manuscripts on cue-based feeding on my website. They have helped many NICU therapists and nurses guide their team forward. I hope it helps you too!
Hope to see you in July in Nashville!