LIVE WEBINAR APRIL 17th: Feeding Management for Infants with a Tracheostomy

In the neonatal patient population, the decision to place a tracheostomy is often based on the
infant’s long-term medical needs but can have long-term implications for feeding, caregiver-
child bonding, and the child’s speech and language development. This course reviews common
diagnoses associated with tracheostomy placement in neonates, neonatal swallow anatomy
and physiology, feeding and swallowing considerations for neonates with a tracheostomy, and
strategies for facilitating the caregiver-child dyad.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learners will identify three common medical diagnoses necessitating tracheostomy placement in neonates.
  2. Learners will describe the intricacies of neonatal swallow anatomy and physiology, understand normal swallowing coordination, and identify deviations common in neonates with tracheostomies.
  3. Learners will describe feeding and swallowing considerations specific to neonates with tracheostomies, including challenges and strategies for effective management in this patient population.
  4. Learners will summarize strategies and interventions aimed at fostering and enhancing the bond between caregivers and neonates with tracheostomies, considering the impact on bonding, communication, and overall developmental outcomes.
  5. Learners will describe the integration of speaking valves into the holistic care plan for neonates with tracheostomies, emphasizing multidisciplinary collaboration and patient-centered approaches.

Course Presenter: Devan R Clark, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT (Certified Neonatal Therapist)


Financial Disclosures: Receives salary from IntegrisHEALTH as a speech-language pathologist in the acute care physical medicine department. Receives salary from The University of Central Oklahoma as an adjunct instructor and clinical supervisor. Paid clinical consultant for the Passy-Muir Speaking and Swallowing Valve.

Course access:  via zoom link

In order to receive a certificate of completion, learners must:

  • Agree to our terms of use, including copyright.
  • Full attendance for the duration of the webinar and completion of a self assessment

Accessibility: Tracheostomy Education is committed to ensuring accessibility to the widest possible audience. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone. If you have questions, requests, or would like to report an accessibility-related issue, please email [email protected].  We will review your request and respond in a timely manner. Please note that it may take up to 14 days to make reasonable accommodations.

Time Ordered Agenda:

  • 5 min- introduction
  • 5-15 minutes: Overview of neonatal tracheostomy
  • 5-30: Feeding and swallowing considerations and challenges 
  • 30-55: Interventions for swallowing, bonding and communication including speaking valves and team approach
  • 55-60: Summary, Q and A
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