Tools for Treating Feeding in the Medically-Challenging Patient

+Course Overview

Can a patient with a trach eat by mouth? Is a G-tube really the “End of the Road” for Feeding? Can a Rehab therapist use a stethoscope? Anatomy is the foundation for all we do. Get back to the basics with our most complicated patients. Study anatomy in a fun, hands-on way that you will FINALLY be able to remember. It will give you a true understanding of how to use various tools and techniques for improving feeding. You may even develop some of your own with your newly gained understanding of how the muscles actually work! Learn about the effects of Trachs and G-tubes on feeding and what we can do about them. Discover why a stethoscope can be your best friend in dysphagia therapy and how to use it. And finally, pull it all together when we explore newly emerging concepts and techniques and evaluate them in light of our knowledge of neurology and anatomy.

This highly interactive workshop for OT/COTAs and SLP/SLPAs encourages participants to draw from their own experiences and caseloads for group problem-solving and discussion. Enjoy this hands-on presentation that will encourage and motivate you to go back to your medically-challenging patients with real tools to help!

NOTE: Participants should bring; red, orange, blue, green, purple and black markers, scissors, a glue stick, and a small mirror for labs.

Course Agenda

Day One:

08:00 – 10:30 am          G-tube: Planning for Weaning from Placement
10:30 – 10:45                 Break
10:45 – 12:00 pm          Anatomy as Foundation: Review muscle groups, strengthening techniques

Lab: Build 3-D Model

12:00 – 01:00             Lunch
01:00 – 03:00             Anatomy Continued
03:00 – 03:15             Break
03:15 – 04:45             Oral Mechanism Exam based on Cranial Nerves
05:00 – 05:30             Question & Answer

Day Two:

08:00 – 9:30am           Tracheostomy: Identify parts. Discuss effects on feeding.
09:30 – 10:45               Pulmonary Auscultation: Discuss principles. Listen to examples.

Lab: Practice with stethoscopes.

10:45 – 11:00               Break
11:00 – 12:45pm         New Tools and Controversies
12:45 – 01:15 pm        Question and Answer

+Learner Outcome
At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • List the primary muscle groups and their functions involved in swallowing and discuss the underlying rationale behind techniques to aid in strengthening or improving tone in each group.
  • Discuss the effects of prolonged tube-feeding on feeding development and the goals and methods of therapeutic intervention.
  • List effects on feeding caused by the tracheostomy and discuss the preferred positioning and handling techniques used with patients with tracheostomies.
  • Explain the principles of thoracic auscultation and demonstrate basic techniques used in dysphagia therapy.
+Register For This Course

We don’t currently have this course on our schedule. However, if you would like to hire Jennifer for a private presentation of this course, please Contact us.


+Credentialing Information

The June 2013 presentation of this course is approved by the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association and by the Texas Occupational Therapy Association for 1.3 CEUs (13 contact hours). We are currently working on gaining additional credentialing for future presentations.

Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a CEU Certificate at the end of the course