Resources to take your PFD Clinical Skills to the Next Level

Pediatric Feeding Mentorship Group

PFMG

Assessment through Intervention

More than a course. It's a community.

Mentorship and support for professionals, graduate students, or CFs on pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Summer Dates Coming Soon!

What's included in the PFMG?

DID YOU KNOW?

There is an option for extended access to pre-recorded modules, including updates to the course and handouts AND monthly live calls after course completion?! This means ongoing mentorship and support for your caseloads & learning. Gain access through the PFMG Membership - only available to past participants!

Course Outline

Week 1

PFMG Intro & Course Overview: 13 minutes

What is a Pediatric Feeding Disorder?: 19 minutes

Assessment: 45 minutes

  • Overview of pediatric feeding disorder & domains
  • What to include in an evaluation
  • Functional oral motor examination
  • Cranial nerves involved with feeding and swallowing

Practice Videos

  • Call to Action:¬†7.5 minutes
  • Different Types of Mastication Practice: 4.5 minutes
  • Bonus Videos! Context Specific Oral Motor & Practice Oral Motor Exam: 15 minutes

Handouts

  • Comprehensive Dysphagia Assessment Tool
  • Functional OME Template and Sample
  • Cranial Nerves Resource
  • Sample Evaluation Reports - Breastfeeding, Autism, & Cerebral Palsy

Live Session: 75 minutes

Week 2

Signs/Symptoms & Referrals: 40 minutes

  • Signs/Symptoms for referrals to the following disciplines: allergist, cardiologist, craniofacial team, ENT/otolaryngologist, dentist, orthodontist, orofacial myologist, endocrinologist, dietitian, gastroenterologist, geneticist, lactation consultant, neurologist, pulmonologist, PCP, OT, PT, developmental pediatrician, psychologist, counselor, social worker
  • Common related diagnoses associated with feeding and/or swallowing difficulties

How to Network & Build a Team:  9.5 minutes

Case Studies: 7 minutes

Handouts

  • Signs and Symptoms and Referrals
  • Common Related Diagnoses
  • Sample Referrals & Cover Sheet

Live Session: 75 minutes

Week 3

Intervention Overview & Responsive Feeding: 18 minutes

Experience-Dependent Neuroplasticity, Motor Learning, & Interdisciplinary Collaboration: 25 minutes

Social Determinants of Health: 26 minutes

Aspiration in Pediatrics & Interventions: 33 minutes

  • How to manage/treat, including, but not limited to: thickeners, nipple flow rates, positioning, & systematic weaning protocol

IDDSI: 18 minutes

  • International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) overview

Practice Videos: 7 minutes

  • Call to Action & Practice Identifying Intervention Philosophies in Action

Handouts:

  • ¬†Thickener Guide: Considerations and Contraindications
  • Intervention Philosophies
  • Bottle weaning
  • Formula types
  • Bottle nipple flow rates

Live Session: 75 minutes

Week 4

Starting Solids:  17 minutes

Intervention Strategies: 25 minutes

  • how to teach chewing
  • straw and open cup drinking
  • adaptive equipment

Tube Weaning: 13 minutes

Goal Writing: 5 minutes

Case Studies Module: 20 minutes

  • 10 case studies to practice application of knowledge & skills

Handouts: 

  • Adaptive seating
  • Starting solids¬†tips
  • Tube feeding/weaning
  • Goal writing tips
  • Goal bank

Live Session: 75 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

2024 Live Call Schedules

If you plan to sign up for the PFMG, make sure to mark these dates on your calendar for the live video sessions with Bri - Q&A, case studies, research reviews, and so much more! 

Summer Dates Coming Soon!

Testimonials

"The information provided came in digestible chunks week to week for someone like me with little experience. I felt I was able to retain a lot of the information, and now have some great reference material for the future."

-Past PFMG Participant

 "I loved the small groups and the weekly Zoom calls. I've taken numerous pediatric feeding courses in the past but was overwhelmed by information and had a difficult time pertaining it to my caseload. This mentorship program was perfect. It broke down all of the knowledge week by week and I was able to go at my pace (especially while working full-time). I highly suggest this to anyone who wants to increase their competency in pediatric feeding."

-Past PFMG Participant

"I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to learn more about PFDs and the application of how to go about treating them. I feel. so motivated to go out there and be a part of a team that helps all the littles struggling with meal times. I feel more empowered to apply my knowledge. For context, I took a very popular feeding seminar and felt like I didn't even know where to begin after taking those full days of continuing education. I have really enjoyed the video calls and feeling like I have a group that I can reach out to in the future."

-Past PFMG Participant

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