Feeding Tubes and Implications for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing

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Presenter:  Michelle Dawson, MA CCC-SLP
Due to medical advances, there is an increase in children who use a feeding tube to meet their daily nutritional needs.  Are you aware of what the difference in the tube placement means for their ability to eat and swallow? Are you aware of the unique complications that each tube can present? Do you know how to be vigilant against these complications?  This course is geared towards educating the therapists and caregivers of these children about the unique needs that feeding tubes bring to their child’s ability to eat and swallow. 


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Name 3 different pediatric illnesses/disease that are at risk for needing a feeding tube. 
  • Describe 3 impacts of nasal placement on feeding/swallowing
  • Describe 3 impacts of gastric placement on feeding/swallowing
  • Describe 2 impacts of jejunal placement on feeding/swallowing
About Michelle: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP is an accomplished lecturer and PEDs Therapist, she has written and presented numerous courses offered for ASHA CEUs on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI. She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP

perspective.  Michelle has delivered lectures at the SCSHA Convention and SCATP Expo.

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU (Intermediate Level; Professional Area)

Course Timeline:

5 minutes: Introduction of Speaker and Program Outline

10 minutes: Why a Feeding Tube: cursory explanation as to why feeding tubes are warranted for pediatric patients

10 minutes: Nasal Tubes: explanation into the types/placement, and complications that negatively impact feeding/swallowing

10 minutes: Gastric Tubes: explanation into the types/placement, and complications that negatively impact feeding/swallowing

10 minutes: Jejunal Tubes: explanation into types/placement and complications that negatively impact feeding/swallowing

15 minutes: Case Studies and Adjourn: Review two case studies and Q&A


Financial: Michelle Dawson receives royalty payments from Video Continuing Education. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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