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Foundations of Pediatric Dysphagia: Prenatal Development to Postnatal Physiology

Presented by Katlyn McGrattan, PhD
Registration Fee: $197 for Speech-Language Pathologists



After this course, you will be able to…

  • Describe how and when the structures required for successful deglutition are developed prenatally.

  • Describe how features of pediatric body systems influential to feeding, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurologic, differ from adults.

  • Describe characteristics of how healthy term infants nutritively suck, swallow, and breathe during a feed, and what variables would impact these characteristics.


  • 0-20 minutes: Introduction
  • 20-160 minutes: Neuroanatomy
  • 160-190 minutes: Cognition and Language
  • 190-230 minutes: Neurology Diagnostics
  • 230-305 minutes: Impairments and Diagnoses
  • 305-370 minutes: Assessment
  • 370-410 minutes: Treatment
  • 410-565 minutes: Case Application
  • 565-570 minutes: Take Home Messages


Module 1 Prenatal Feeding Development: 0-80 minutes

  • Prenatal Feeding Development- Introduction

  • Prenatal: Nutrition, Hydration, and Oxygenation

  • Periods of Prenatal Development

  • Pre-Embryologic Period

  • Embryologic Period: Gastrulation

  • Embryologic Period: Neurulation and the Central Nervous System

  • Embryologic Period: Oropharyngeal Musculoskeletal and Neurologic Development

  • Embryologic Period: Gastrointestinal & Pulmonary Development

  • Fetal Period

 Module 2 Pediatric System Functions: 81-205 minutes

  • Pediatric Systemic Functions-Introduction

  • Cardiovascular

  • Adult

  • Fetus

  • Neonate

  • Respiratory

  • Metabolism

  • Oral, Pharyngeal, and Laryngeal Orientation

  • Airway Resistance

  • Adult Respiratory Mechanics

  • Infant Respiratory Mechanics

  • Functional Residual Capacity

  • Diaphragm

  •   Immature Neurologic Regulation

  •   Laryngochemoreflex

  •   Alveolar Gas Exchange


 Module 3: Bottle Feeding Physiology: 206-368 minutes

  • Bottle Feeding Physiology

  • Sensory Motor Feedback Loops

  • Sucking Physiology: Anatomy

  • Sucking Physiology: Primitive Reflexes

  • Sucking Physiology: Suction and Compression

  • Nutritive Sucking Physiology: Sucking Nomenclature

  • Nutritive Sucking Physiology: Variables Influencing Normal Parameters

  • Nutritive Sucking Physiology: Case Application in Sucking Variability

  • Non-Nutritive Sucking

  • Swallowing Physiology

  • Swallowing Physiology: Aerodigestive Anatomy Transformation

  • Swallowing Physiology: Airway Protection Anatomy

  • Swallowing Physiology: Airway Protection Physiology

  • Swallowing Physiology: Bolus Clearance Anatomy

  • Swallowing Physiology: Bolus Clearance Physiology

  • Swallowing Physiology: Impacts if Impaired

  • Swallowing Physiology: Normal Swallow Initiation

  • Swallowing Physiology: Normal Bolus Airway Entry

  • Swallowing Physiology: Normal Swallowing Stability

  • Coordination: Sucking and Swallowing

  • Coordination: Swallowing and Respiration

Speaker Information and Disclosures

Dr. McGrattan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Science at the University of Minnesota with a clinical appointment at Masonic Children’s Hospital. She completed doctoral training in Health & Rehabilitation Science at the Medical University of South Carolina, and post-doctoral training in Neonatal Gastroenterology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Otolaryngology at Medical University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on developing more refined methods for pediatric dysphagia assessment that enable more accurate diagnosis and determination of treatments that will maximize therapeutic effects. This includes elucidating clinical characteristics of how healthy non dysphasic infants feed as well as developing new technologies to allow more precise diagnostics.

  • MedSLP Education-Honorarium

  • University of Minnesota- Salary

  • ASHA and DRS Member

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