Pediatric Feeding Management for Respiratory Dysfunction

April 18, 2014 9:00am - 4:30pm

This event is open to OT/PT/ST.

This course is approved for 6 CEUs by TOTA.

This course is pending approval of 6 CCUs from TPTA, 6 CEUs from TSHA.


Cuyler M Romeo, M.O.T., OTR, SCFES

Feeding Program Director and West Team Manager for Therapy 2000


Course Location:

Courtyard by Marriott

7424 S Broadway Ave

Tyler, TX


Course Description:

From tracheostomy to treatment; this dynamic interactive learning seminar will walk you through the anatomical and physiological impact of tracheostomy placement on feeding enjoyment and pleasure in children.  The presenter will provide learning opportunities through lecture, case study, video review of MBSSs, hands on activities and open discussion so that clinicians will be able to accept a variety of challenging respiratory involved clientele with confidence and compassion.  Learn the basics about tracheostomy placement, anatomy of the swallow, respiratory disease soliloquy and their impact on evaluation and treatment techniques.  Through collaborative learning we will improve outcomes for our medically challenged children with feeding needs.

About Our Speaker:

Cuyler M Romeo, M.O.T., OTR, SCFES

Cuyler completed her Masters level occupational therapy training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and discovered her passion for medically fragile infant feeding while completing her clinical fellowship in a Level 3 NICU for Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX.  Cuyler pursued this specialty by working as a feeding therapist at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ in both the in-patient (NICU, PICU, well baby) and out-patient settings while earning her therapeutic handling certification in TAMO®.  She later joined a group of feeding therapists as a founding partner of Mealtime Connections, LLC, a pediatric feeding specialty clinic serving Southern Arizona.  As a partner, Cuyler had the opportunity to mentor under fellow partner Marsha Dunn Klein, Med, OTR/L and promote a global approach to feeding through education, lecturing, and advocacy.

Cuyler returned to her home state of Texas in 2010 and continued to expand her feeding skills while working for Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, TX.  She earned her AOTA board specialty certification in Feeding, Eating and Swallowing in 2012 and currently serves on the SCFES board for AOTA .  She transitioned back to home care as feeding specialist and team manager for Therapy 2000, a pediatric home health agency serving over 6 metropolitan areas across the state.  Cuyler now serves as the Feeding Program Director for Therapy 2000 and focuses her efforts on feeding program development, professional lecturing and direct teaching.  Feeding and empowerment of other professionals to excel in the area of feeding remain her personal and professional focuses.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify various types of tracheostomies and describe tracheostomy placement’s impact on normal swallow function
  2. Describe at least 2 challenges to medical well-being while engaged in ventilator weaning
  3. Summarize the 4 phases of swallowing and the role of normal respiration in each phase
  4. Describe the respiratory implications of the medically complex child and its impact on the development of normal swallowing and feeding patterns
  5. Outline a comprehensive feeding evaluation for a child with tracheostomy while ensuring medical stability and safety
  6. Identify at least 3 treatment approaches to treating children with tracheostomy dependence
  7. Demonstrate understanding of treatment modification techniques to support pleasurable feeding function in children with tracheostomies.

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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