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“Look and Listen” Approach to Pediatric Dysphagia - OT730

“Look and Listen” Approach to Pediatric Dysphagia

by Amy E. Hardy, MS, SLP, CCC and Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN, RN
(4.3 / 32 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Complex pediatric feeding problems involve biological and behavioral aspects that need to be addressed for a child to achieve quality feedings. A “look and listen” approach suggests that expert clinicians capitalize on clinical abilities of looking and listening to the behavioral and biological aspects of feeding between the child and feeder. Family caregivers and nurses become the primary feeders of children, and benefit from evidence-based information that leads to optimal patient outcomes. Nurses are responsible for monitoring patient nutrition and hydration. If nurses know, observe and report symptoms of dysphagia and other feeding complications, children will receive appropriate assessment and treatment to prevent adverse effects and promote quality feeding with optimal nutrition. This proposal suggests that a standard technique should be used with the pediatric population within a variety of clinical settings.


The goal of this pediatric dysphagia continuing education module for speech-language pathologists, nurses, and occupational therapists is to provide experienced and new clinicians with an enhanced ability to assess and treat feeding difficulties with pediatric populations and to assist the nurses who care for these children to implement feeding plans effectively.
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  1. Define and discuss the components of a “look and listen” approach for pediatric dysphagia assessment and treatment.
  2. Identify barriers to oral feedings in pediatric populations diagnosed with dysphagia and/or feeding difficulties, and suggest supportive feeding modalities for the nurses who provide direct care to pediatric patients.
  3. Describe outcomes of a “look and listen” approach that will enhance the quality of feedings between the child and caregiver.
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation
Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including speech-language pathologists, nurses and occupational therapists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/25/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/25/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/25/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Belinda P - SOMERSET, MA  ·  Mar 25, 2018
It is a direct education on the Look and Listen Approach and gives good information on how this approach can add evidence based criteria to client charting.
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Kaleena I - Leonardtown, MD  ·  Mar 17, 2018
It was informative in the subject area
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Keri M - Fairbanks, AK  ·  Mar 16, 2018
It was very informative. A NICU is being added to our hospital and this training is important for my job.
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Katrina Jean Y - Fullerton, CA  ·  Mar 02, 2018
Very informative and presentation of the topic was very organized. Information was very easy to process and remember. Very helpful if you work with a variety of pediatric feeding cases.
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Sonja S - Los Angeles, CA  ·  Mar 02, 2018
Very practical for application in this population.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50