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The Art and Science of Pediatric Dysphagia

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Presenter: Nicole Scafura, M.S., CCC-SLP

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023

: 5:30pm

Workshop: 5:45pm - 9:00pm

Member: $65.00

Student Member: $25.00

Non-Member Professional: $90.00

**Meets CTLE Requirements if documented with the ASHA CE Registry**


Financial – Nicole Scafura, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a paid employee of NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island and will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for her presentation.

Non-Financial – Nicole Scafura, M.S., CCC-SLP, has no non-financial relationships to report.


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Workshop Coordinator

Caitlin Saxtein, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS
Director of Speech-Language Pathology


There is a high need for speech-language pathologists to conduct skilled assessment and provide intervention for children with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. This is expected to continue to increase as medical advances are made and premature births rise. However, there are not enough clinicians who feel confident in seeing this population or knowing their role as a speech-language pathologist on a feeding team. Research shows that negative experiences with feeding early in life can negatively affect a child’s relationship with food as he/she gets older. Additionally, a pediatric feeding disorder can develop at any stage of childhood and is not only seen in the medical setting. Therefore, it is crucial to have a foundation in this topic to not only feel confident with this population but also know how to advocate for these children to be seen by other specialists when needed. This workshop will provide an overview of the speech-language pathologist’s role with infants through adolescents. Feeding cases from the hospital, rehabilitation and home settings will be highlighted. The speaker will combine foundational knowledge with clinical experience to share lessons learned and how to provide patients/caregivers with the most functional feeding plans for their goals.


Nicole Scafura is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has over 4 years of experience working with the pediatric population. Nicole earned her Master of Science from New York Medical College in 2018. Since graduation, she has worked in a variety of settings in New York including home care, subacute rehabilitation, and acute care hospitals. Nicole has experience working with a variety of settings to aid families and patients along all aspects of their care during their medical journey. Nicole has provided dysphagia-based care to medically complex inpatients including those on oncology/hematology, infant/toddler and intensive care units (PICU, NICU). Nicole has served on a multidisciplinary team working with children who have craniofacial disorders, aerodigestive disorders, and velopharyngeal incompetence/insufficiency. She is trained in both modified barium swallow studies and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing studies for instrumental assessment. Nicole has a passion for educating others; she enjoys spreading her knowledge of pediatric dysphagia assessment and treatment interventions to students and professionals alike, using salient case studies from her experiences with individuals in inpatient and outpatient settings. She has presented at the state level for conferences in both New York and Pennsylvania. She has also presented at the national level for the ASHA convention. In the future, she hopes to continue lecturing at the university level to educate and prepare future clinicians in the foundations of pediatric feeding disorders.

**LISHA speaker selection does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or procedures. We reserve the right to substitute speakers due to circumstances beyond our control. **

Learning Objectives

Participants will: 

1.    Explain the rationale for SLPs being on the pediatric feeding team.
2.    Describe foundational knowledge of how early experiences of feeding set a child for success 
       or feeding difficulties in the future. 
3.    Identify components of bottle-feeding assessment and identify oral motor skills and signs of stress. 
4.    State the 4 types of bottle-feeding disorders.


5:30 – 5:45        Registration 
5:45 – 6:00        The Rationale for SLPs being in the NICU
6:00 – 6:15        Development of the Oropharyngeal Swallow
6:15 – 6:30        Components of a Bottle-Feeding Assessment, 
6:30 – 7:00        Video Practice Assessing Infant Bottle Feeding
7:00 – 7:30        Types of Pediatric Feeding Disorders According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health
7:30 – 7:45        Break
7:45 – 8:00        Differences in Conducting Instrumental Swallow Studies for Pediatric Patients
8:00 – 8:30        Case Studies in the Outpatient/Inpatient Setting Ranging from Infants through Teenagers
8:30 – 8:45        Resources for Continuing Education
8:45 – 9:00        Questions and Answers


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Handouts & Zoom Link

**PowerPoint/Handout Presentations and Zoom Link will be emailed to confirmed attendees 72 hours prior to the workshop. If you do not receive the Zoom link, please contact us at or call 516-626-8000. Someone will be able to help you up until the start of the workshop**


April 27th, 2023 from  5:30 PM to  9:00 PM
Zoom LIVE Webinar
United States
Event Fee(s)
Professional Fee $90.00
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