Pediatric feeding and swallowing: Managing complex issues - Burlington, ON
14-Sep-2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
3063 S Service Rd
Burlington, Ontario L7N 3E9

Pediatric feeding and swallowing: Managing complex issues

Burlington, ON

Friday, September 14, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

This one-day workshop will focus on advancing the knowledge base and skill level of therapists working with infants and children with complex feeding and swallowing issues. The assessment and clinical presentation of different issues including motor, respiratory, sensory, gastrointestinal and swallowing will be explored and demonstrated through video. Practical intervention strategies for different issues will be discussed and demonstrated with video. Finally, complex cases will be presented to allow the participant to reflect on and consolidate learning and enhance problem solving. The content of this workshop reflects best practice and is based on an integration of information from the speaker’s extensive clinical experience as well as current evidence from the literature. 

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance electronically following the workshop.

Workshop topics:

  • Clinical presentation of different types of feeding issues
  • Clinical presentation of different types of swallowing issues
  • Practical intervention strategies for different feeding and swallowing issues
  • Advocacy for nutritional and medical interventions

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Differentiate between different types of feeding and swallowing issues based on clinical presentation.
  2. Implement appropriate interventions based on assessment findings.
  3. Work collaboratively as part of an interprofessional feeding team in assessing and treating children with feeding and swallowing issues.
  4. Understand when and how to advocate for nutritional and medical interventions.
  5. Apply a problem-solving approach in working with infants and children with complex, multi- factorial issues affecting feeding and swallowing.

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists who work with infants and children who present complex feeding and swallowing issues.  

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc. 

Areas of practice

Neurological and neuromuscular, digestive, metabolic, and endocrine

Client age groups

Young children (0-4 years), school age children (5-12 years)

Workshop level:

Intermediate (3-5 years of knowledge/experience with infants/children with feeding and swallowing issues)


Sherna Marcus

Sherna Marcus is an occupational therapist who graduated with a BSc in OT in 1990 and completed her Masters in Health Studies in 2016. She has worked at Sick Kids hospital for the past 26 years treating infants and children with complex feeding and swallowing issues. She has taught numerous workshops both nationally and internationally on this topic. She is the co-author two books: "OT's Guide to Paediatric Videofluoroscopy" published in 1999 and "Infant and Child Feeding and Swallowing: Occupational Therapy Assessment and Intervention" published in 2013.

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by May 16, 2018

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between May 17, 2018 and August 29, 2018

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2017-2018 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Registration deadline: August 29, 2018

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

Included with your registration fee:

On-Demand Practice Evidence Webinar entitled “Gastrointestinal issues and oral feeding: What the occupational therapist needs to know” (individual access), one-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in coaching approaches, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 2 months following the webinar, electronic certificate of attendance

The Workshop registration fee has been reduced by $40 by not including lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks are on your own.

Maximum number of registrants:


Workshop location:

Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
3063 S Service Rd
Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent to Cancellation requests received prior to August 29, 2018 will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop because of insufficient registration, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT on or before May 16, 2018. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?

If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222.

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