The Feeding and Swallowing Team at Baptist Health in Miami, Florida were amazing hosts! And what a backdrop for learning and a relaxing renewal of our spirits. Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists joined us from across the US to learn interactively along with each other, focusing on a wide variety of practice settings, problem-solving our neonatal through school aged patients. In the NICU Swallowing and Feeding Seminar we enjoyed higher level conversations about complex feeding challenges in the NICU and after discharge, considering impact of co-morbidities, and problem-solving next steps. We were blessed to have a pediatrician join us! She thoughtfully offered her insights that informed everyone’s practice and supported our navigating those sometimes-difficult discussions with the team. In the Pediatric Swallow Studies seminar, we considered the unique components of the swallow pathway across the pediatric age span, through videos and stills, and then how to peel apart the pathophysiology and its implications for both function and for treatment. Both seminars gave us opportunities for conversations, in the group discussions and informally at breaks, to share the same struggles, and our solutions. It was exciting to discuss the impact of the latest research and meld that with our collective clinical wisdom. We all walked away feeling renewed, remembering that we are all in this together, and we are all always learning.
I am looking forward to learning along with many of you in Indy in July!