ADVANCED Assessment and Treatment of High Risk Infants & Toddlers: Survive to Thrive

October 17, 2014 9:00am - 4:30pm

**This Course has been updated to the advanced version.**

*If you have questions about the material covered in this course, please contact*

This event is open to OT/PT/SLP.

This course is approved for 6 CEUs by TOTA and  TPTA.

This course is  approved for6 CEUs from TSHA.

Attendees should bring a bottle (any type) and a baby doll.



Alice Anderson, PT, DPT, PCS

Cuyler Marie Romeo, OTR, M.O.T., Pediatric OT, Feeding Specialist


Course Location:

OneREALTOR® Center

2772 SSE Loop 323

Tyler, TX 75701



Course Description:

In the US, most infants born at 24 weeks EGA or greater survive their complications of prematurity. Similarly, the survival rate of infants with complex medical issues has improved over the last 2-3 decades.  While the majority of these infants develop typically, albeit on a delayed timeframe, these children do have a higher rate of chronic health conditions, and neurodevelopmental problems than children born at term and/or without complex medical problems.  The purpose of this training is to enhance the clinical knowledge and skills of home based rehabilitation therapists who work with these high-risk infants.  In addition to didactic presentations, participants will have opportunities for creative problem-solving via case studies.

This intermediate to advanced level course will focus on the development of clinical decision-making skills to support promotion of neuromotor development in the complex high risk infant.  Emphasis will be placed upon the interplay between physiologic processes and the infant’s ability to participate in neuromotor and feeding therapy, as well as the role contextual factors play in supporting or thwarting developmental maturation. In addition to didactic presentations, participants will have opportunities for creative problem-solving via case studies.

About our speakers:

Alice Anderson, PT, DPT, PCS

Alice completed her entry-level physical therapy training at the University of Central Arkansas in 1983. She subsequently earned an Advanced Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from AT Still University. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. After working for nearly 25 years at Children’s Medical Center, she joined Therapy 2000, a pediatric home health agency based in Dallas. She currently serves as the Program Director of the High Risk Infant and Toddler program. Additionally, Alice presents on the role of physical therapy for persons with bleeding disorders on local, national, and international levels. In her free time, she has participated in multiple international medical outreaches in Central and South America as well as Eastern Europe. Alice lives in Dallas where she enjoys yoga, boot camp workouts, reading, and many outdoor activities including playing with her sheltie puppy, Loki.

 Cuyler Marie Romeo, OTR, M.O.T., Pediatric OT, Feeding Specialist

Cuyler completed her Masters level occupational therapy training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio after discovering her passion for medically fragile infant feeding while completing a clinical fellowship at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Cuyler pursued this specialty by working as a feeding therapist at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ in both the in-patient and out-patient settings for 7 years. She later joined Marsha Dunn Klein, MeD, OTR/L as a founding partner of Mealtime Connections, LLC, a pediatric feeding clinic serving Southern Arizona. As a partner Cuyler had the opportunity to lecture and educate professionally while advocating for a global approach to feeding.


Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe 2 potential effects of sleep on the neuromotor maturation of the high risk infant.
  2. Describe the purpose of and process followed in an arena evaluation
  3. Demonstrate 3 evidence-based interventions appropriate for promoting motoric progression of the high risk infant.
  4. List 1 potential physiologic effect associated with each position (prone, supine, sidelying) commonly utilized with high risk infants.
  5. List 2 potential effects of respiratory insufficiency on the development of normal swallowing and feeding patterns
  6. Describe 2 treatment modification techniques designed to support pleasurable feeding function in children with respiratory compromise.
  7. Identify 3 indications for alternate feeding systems for infants with specialized feeding needs.
  8. Based upon a case study, design an evidence-based plan of care for a complex high risk infant.


The fee for this course is $149.

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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