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Digital Seminar

Assessing and Treating Infant Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in the NICU with a Focus on High-Risk Populations

Alissa Bobek, MS, CCC-SLP
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Feb 08, 2024
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Neuroprotective feeding practices in the NICU are critical for optimizing long-term developmental outcomes for all premature and medically complex infants. While many infants discharge from the NICU feeding orally, most are not yet skilled or mature feeders many continue to require support. Infants born extremely pre-term or with certain medical diagnoses are especially at risk for both acute and long term feeding and swallowing problems. Being able to identify these “high risk” infants is critical when working with fragile feeders in the NICU and for developing safe and supportive feeding care plans in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. This course will discuss best practices for management of infant feeding and swallowing disorders within the NICU including comprehensive assessment, close collaboration with the medical team, and clinical decision making for implementing neuroprotective interventions with an emphasis on family-centered care. Case studies will be presented to enhance critical thinking and application of knowledge. 


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Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 contact hours. Expires: 10/01/2026.

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PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 2.0 self-study contact hours. 

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Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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This course contains 2.0 hours of self-study continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Provider Number: 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 2.0 continuing education credits. 

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Lactation Consultants

2.0 L-CERPs allocated by IBLCE. IBLCE Verification Number: C2024059. Verification valid until: 04/14/2025

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Alissa Bobek, MS, CCC-SLP's Profile

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Alissa Bobek, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT is a medical speech-language pathologist with 17 years of experience serving complex patients in the acute care and ICU settings. She earned her BS in speech-language and hearing sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and her MS in speech-language pathology from Purdue University. Alissa started her career working with adult patients and quickly discovered her passion for dysphagia evaluation and treatment in the acute care setting. She later trained to transition to the neonatal ICU and has worked in the NICU since 2011. Alissa is currently a senior speech-language pathologist and certified neonatal therapist (CNT) in the Level IV NICU at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, TX. She is passionate about neuroprotective care, supporting breastfeeding in premature and medically complex infants, empowering parents and caregivers, and mentoring other SLPs.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Alissa Bobek has an employment relationship with St. David's Medical Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Alissa Bobek is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a former member of the Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


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Neuroprotective feeding practices in the NICU 

  • Advocacy and education 
  • Family centered care 

Comprehensive Evaluation of Feeding and Swallowing 

  • Clinical bedside evaluation 
    • chart review 
      • Identifying high-risk infants 
    • Pre-feeding assessment 
    • Breast/Bottle trials 
    • Collaboration with team 
  • Instrumental assessment 
    • Indications and timing 
    • Study selection 
      • MBSS 
      • FEES 
    • Interpreting results 
      • Developing feeding plan with medical team and family 

Individualized Feeding Plan 

  • Family-centered 
  • Pre-feeding stimulation and therapeutic feeds 
  • Breast feeding  
  • Bottle feeding 
  • Practice challenges 
  • Discharge planning 

Case Studies 


  1. Identify 5 medical diagnoses known to place infants at a higher risk for feeding and swallowing impairments. 
  2. State the advantages and limitations for both MBSS and FEES. 
  3. Give the rationale behind specific pre-feeding and feeding strategies covered during the course 
  4. Identify 3 bottle feeding myths 

Target Audience

  • Lactation Consultants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Other Healthcare Professions


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