Published by Feeding Matters on May 02, 2018

Feeding Matters is proud to offer families and professionals on-demand workshops through our online Knowledge Center. These workshops provide tips and tools on how to efficiently manage pediatric feeding disorder and other related, complex issues, including:

  1. Common Feeding Hurdles in the Weeks and Months after Leaving the NICU
    In this 60 minute virtual workshop, Dr. Pamela Dodrill, PhD, CCC-SLP, presents about what NICU families can expect when having a child who has pediatric feeding disorder. This workshop is for families who have children with pediatric feeding disorder and the healthcare professionals who care for them. Dr. Dodrill has specialized in working with infants and children with feeding disorders for over 15 years. Pamela has a number of publications in this area, regularly presents at international scientific conferences, and teaches courses and workshops on managing pediatric feeding problems for students and practicing health professionals.
  2. Fostering Collaborative Care: Parent and Provider Perspectives
    Listen to professionals from a feeding clinic talk about how the ICFQ can be used as an engagement tool to help identify potential pediatric feeding disorder and hear from a parent’s perspective on life after the NICU. From the provider perspective, Anais Cook, Caroline Duong and Dr. Andrew Chu join us from Texas Children’s Hospital Feeding Clinic. And with a very personal perspective, Ashley Collier participates in the conversation to discuss her journey with her daughter Macie, who was a 33 week preemie and struggled in the NICU to master suck/swallow/breathe.
  3. Navigating the system: Coordinating Your Child’s Care
    overwhelming, the appointments can be endless, and the medications numerous and constantly changing. Navigating your way through doctors, programs, food, medications, and medical procedures is usually left in the hands of the primary caregiver “the parent.” Shannon Goldwater has over 14 years of experience with her triplets. This workshop will provide tips and tools on how to efficiently manage your child’s complex needs.
  4. Planting a Seed Towards Self-Care
    In the event of an airplane emergency, one of the first rules they tell you to follow for your safety is to put your own oxygen mask on first before you assist anyone else. Because only when we help ourselves, do we have the ability to effectively help others. Often as caregivers this concept is difficult to practice. There is a mentality that you don’t have time to care for yourself and that your child’s care is more important than your own. This workshop will debunk misconceptions surrounding self-care and provide participants strategies for how to take time to nurture yourself in the midst of your busy schedule. It will be led by Heather Joy Magdelano, the founder of Journey into Joy, and mother of two children born 21 months apart with the same rare genetic syndrome and as a result both have struggled with feeding.
  5. Setting Up For Feeding Success After the NICU
    The Feeding Matters Workshop, “Setting Up for Success After the NICU” presented by Dr. Kay Toomey is sure to help parents, caretakers and professionals living and working with children being discharged from the NICU to be as successful of eaters as possible. Dr. Toomey discusses how very complicated feeding babies is, as well as when and why children may begin to struggle with their feedings/eating across the first 2-3 years of their lives. At each developmental time point, Dr. Toomey suggests strategies for Setting Up Your Child For Success in order to begin them on the path of developing a healthy, lifelong relationship with food.

Look for a brand new virtual workshop coming in late May 2018! In Neonatal Nutrition: Improving Short and Long-Term Outcomes, Matthew Abrams, MD will discuss interventions from the moment babies are admitted to the NICU to their nutrition after discharge to optimize growth and nutrition and long term neurodevelopmental outcomes. Although we are still in the infancy of truly understanding the complexity of nutritional components and how to best provide them to premature infants, we have reasonable data that indicates that better nutrition results in better outcomes and less morbidities short and long term.