Spring 2015 Updates

It’s already mid-January and the year is flying! After this post, I will be glued to the TV to watch my old hometown team, the Green Bay Packers play the Seattle Seahawks for a place in the Super Bowl. I lived most of my life in WI until relocating to Orlando 5 years ago, and will always be a Packers fan.

My 2015 seminar schedule is almost finalized. Unforeseen delays but it should be a busy but exciting year traveling from coast to coast, and hopefully meeting you!

I’ll again be teaching my specialty courses, including “The Early Feeding Skills Assessment Tool: A Guide to Cue-Based feeding in the NICU” in Houston in August, with my colleague and friend, Suzanne Thoyre, PhD, RN. We so enjoy the problem-solving that the nurse and therapist audience experiences watching videos of infants feeding, scoring the EFS and planning infant-guided cue-based feeding care. Michele Clouse, who teaches her course “Tracheostomy and Swallowing: Pediatrics to Adult” will join us in Houston and bring her down to earth hands on approach to trachs that past attendees remark makes such good sense. I’ll also teach my one day “Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies” seminar in Houston since that’s been highly requested. Our focus will be on physiology and its impairment in infants and children, not just on aspiration.

I’ll also be back in the heartland in Indianapolis this year, so I’m more accessible to those of you in the Midwest. Look for “The Essentials” my NICU course and the swallow studies course as well.

You will also find me out East and in Seattle in 2015 where I’ll offer my newest seminar “The Advanced Clinician in Pediatric Dysphagia”. Its first offering in Dallas in 2014 was so well received, and attended by both seasoned and new clinicians. What the group liked best was the opportunity to go into depth on both hot topics and their own case studies, and share clinical insights. We all waked away with our brains “on fire” from thinking and problem-solving. It’s so important that we have the tools to provide expert consults these days, as that is truly the value we add to our patients’ care. To do that, we need well-honed problem-solving skills to complete a differential of what is going on, consider multiple co-morbidities and a range of interventions. It’s the way we leave an impression with our medical colleagues that leaves them thinking about YOU, “The next time I have a challenging pediatric patient, I want HER/HIS input!”

More to come regarding my 2015 schedule very soon….including Indy, Seattle, Dallas, Houston and other exciting places on the East and West coasts.

Soon I’ll start planning for 2016 sites, so connect with me if you’d like me to consider coming to your hospital next year.

Have a great weekend! Catherine

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