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In the Thick of It

This course will be free until we get our ASHA CEU Providership!!!

 

So WHAT is going on with Thickeners these days? Do we use Simply Thick in peds or not? What’s up with Rice Cereal and cancer?  Are gel-based thickeners okay for our geriatric population?  Get some answers to these questions and more as we explore the history and use of different options for thickening in dysphagia across the lifespan.  We’ll look at the pros and cons of various thickeners and their possible ramifications on respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.  I’ll present information from recent discussions with the FDA regarding use of Simply Thick and rice and teach some alternatives to thickening such as various feeding positions and use of different nipples, cups, and feeding utensils and when these should be considered.

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Product Description

The purpose of this 1.5-hour presentation is to explore the history and use of different options for thickening agents in dysphagia across the lifespan.  The presentation will include discussion of the pros and cons of various thickeners and their possible ramifications on respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.  Information from recent discussions with the FDA regarding use of Simply Thick and rice cereal will also be presented.  Participants will be taught alternatives to thickening agents such as various feeding positions and use of different nipples, cups, and feeding utensils and when these should be considered.

Educational Objectives:
As a result of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Explain possible complications of using thickening agents.
  2. Discuss the pros and cons of various thickeners available.
  3. List the benefits of positioning techniques as an alternative to thickening.
  4. Identify when use of a slow-flow nipple or feeding device might be beneficial to a patient with dysphagia.

Instruction Method and Course Materials to be used:
Lecture, Hands-on Manipulation of Equipment, Handouts, Discussion, and Question and Answer.

Subjects
History of the use of thickeners and the various types
Controversies and Alternatives

Additional Information

Attendance Type

In-Person, Live Webinar, On-Demand

CEU Options

With CEUs, Without CEUs

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Presenter Name: Jennifer Meyer , M.A. CCC-SLP
Presenter Email: [Private]
Presenter's Bio: Jennifer Meyer is a popular national speaker in the areas of NICU and Pediatric Dysphagia and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. She has over 20 years experience specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developing outpatient hospital-based feeding programs, providing consultation and program development for Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Home Health Companies, and serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University and Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE).