By Tube or At the Table: Focus on Feeding Children with Neurological Impairment

Program Date: 8 November 2021
Publication Date: 28 April 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.25; Dietitian CPEU: 1.25

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll discuss the components of a comprehensive feeding evaluation for children with neurological impairment; recognize the value of partnering with parents and team members in the development of feeding support plans; and identify interventions that support feeding goals while addressing common gastrointestinal issues.

Course Objectives:

• Discuss the components of a comprehensive feeding evaluation and nutrition assessment for children with neurological impairment. 
• Recognize the value of partnering with parents and team members in the development of effective training protocols and feeding support plans. 
• Identify feeding interventions that support the feeding goals while addressing gastrointestinal issues common in children with neurological impairment.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.2.1, 10.2.11, 10.3.2
  • Run Time: 75

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Marianne Gellert-Jones, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist 
Clinical Feeding Specialist 
HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy 
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Ms. Gellert-Jones is a Speech Language Pathologist trained in pediatric neurodevelopmental treatment. She has served pediatric clients and their families for more than 30 years. Her career has focused on the areas of speech-language services, feeding/dysphagia treatment, and the assistive technology needs in children and youth presenting with medical complexities. She is on staff at the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she holds positions as both a Speech Language Pathologist, and Clinical Feeding Specialist for the school. Ms. Gellert-Jones has held positions as a Senior Speech Language Pathologist at Thomas Jefferson University Children's Rehabilitation Hospital, Dysphagia Specialist at the Children's Seashore House Pediatric Center for Dysphagia and Feeding Management, and the Manager of the Speech Language Therapy Department at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She has also served as a Speech Language Pathologist on a Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation Team, and Home-Based Speech Language Therapist in Philadelphia's early intervention programs. She is a guest lecturer at Arcadia University in the DPT Program, a member of ASHA, and an AACPDM fellow. She has presented seminars, instructional courses, and posters in the areas of feeding, dysphagia, respiration, communication and AAC at numerous conferences across the US and Canada.
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