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#306 Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders: A Medical, Motor, Behavioral Approach
Charlotte, NC
July 28 - 29, 2017

Course Sponsor: Motivations, Inc.

Course Title: #306 Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders: A Medical, Motor, Behavioral Approach

Course location: Hampton Inn – Southpark, Charlotte, NC
Course Date: July 28-29, 2017

Presenter: Krisi Brackett MS SLP/CCC

Presenter information: Krisi Brackett MS SLP/CCC is a Pediatric Feeding and Dysphagia Specialist with over 20 years of experience. She is currently Co-director of the UNC Pediatric Feeding Team at the NC Children's Hospital, UNC Healthcare, Chapel hill, NC. The team consisting of pediatric GI, speech and nutrition provides multidisciplinary feeding intervention to the birth-18 population using a combined medical, nutritional, motor, and behavioral approach. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, UNC– Chapel Hill. Krisi publishes the popular feeding blog, Krisi is currently assisting with several pediatric feeding research projects as part of the feeding team and with the UNC research group, The Feeding Flock ( She performs MBSS and FEES in the pediatric population. She is certified in pediatric neuro developmental training and a member of ASHA. Krisi lectures nationally, sharing information on medical management and therapeutic strategies for handling this special population. The instructor has no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.
Course Summary: Research indicates that the prevalence of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders is 80% in the special needs population and 20% in typically developing children. Therefore, most pediatric clinicians will encounter this disorder in some form or another. Feeding disorders come in all shapes and sizes, such as coughing/choking during meals, poor oral-motor skill acquisition, food refusal, oral aversion, g-tube dependence and more. One must be versed in oral-motor and swallowing techniques, respiration, GI issues, nutrition, motor/postural alignment, and behavioral strategies. This is a two-day course focusing on how to approach pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, how to diagnose and prioritize treatment options, and ensure successful outcomes for you and your patients. Day one will concentrate on medical and nutritional intervention strategies, while day two will focus on evaluation and therapeutic intervention. If children are available, there will be 1-2 live evaluations.

Link to registration:

Course Contact: Scott Boston,

CEUs: 16 contact hours, 1.6 CEUs

2017 J. Scott Yaruss Workshop
Hawthorne Inn and Convention Center
October 2, 2017

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

This workshop will provide practical strategies for helping school-age children and adolescents who stutter. The presentation will describe strategies for comprehensive evaluation and include video examples of treatment activities designed to help children improve fluency, reduce negative reactions to stuttering, educate others, and communicate effectively across speaking situations. Participants will be able to 1) design efficient, effective, and comprehensive diagnostic evaluations of school-age children and adolescents who stutter, 2) select and implement several appropriate treatment strategies for helping school-age children and adolescents who stutter, and 3) describe several ways to effectively involve families, teachers, and others in the treatment plan. Intermediate information level.

Approved for .7 ASHA CEUs


Online registration is open.

This workshop is not eligible for refunds. No exceptions.

Durham, NC
October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017
Durham Convention Center
301 West Morgan St.
Durham, NC

NCSHLA is hosting an amazing group of world-class speakers who will address healthcare reform, changes in Medicaid, changes in reimbursement, changes in service delivery models and the latest projections and information from the Legislature and White House. Changes proposed to current funding streams mean changes in practice and business structure. If you are solo practitioners, large private practice or a multi-line therapy company, you’ll want to make sure that you plan now to attend – SPACE IS LIMITED!

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

The 47th Annual Meta Downes Speech-Language and Hearing Symposium
Greenville, NC
October 27, 2017

Audiologists, SLPs, and teachers are concerned with two complimentary processes; bottom-up sensory input such as auditory stimuli, and top-down neurological and cognitive processes. Utilizing a research to practice paradigm, this presentation features managing and enhancing auditory brain access and cognitive capacity for all children including those with any type and degree of hearing loss. Emotional regulation is a core developmental challenge faced by individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout development (i.e., preverbal stages, emerging language stages, and conversational stages). This talk will briefly introduce the regulatory challenges experienced by individuals with ASD, as well as practical guidelines for prioritizing intervention targets in this area for a wide developmental range. Emphasis will be placed on cross contextual program planning, intervention in natural environments, and collaboration between families and professionals. This course will introduce the SCERTS model, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary educational approach designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).


#320 BRAIN GYM ®
Raleigh, NC
November 4, 2017

Presenter: Susan Owens, MS, OTR

Presenter information: Susan is Supervisor of Special Education for Muskegon Public Schools. She is also an Occupational Therapist (35+ years). In addition to working with children with special needs within the educational system, she has worked in hospitals where she held the positions of Director of Occupational Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Services. Susan is an adjunct faculty member of Grand Valley State University, where she currently teaches a program for enhancing learning through applied brain research and neuroanatomy. She was a professor at Eastern Michigan and Wayne State Universities over a 15-year timeframe. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Michigan. Susan was licensed as a Brain Gym® Instructor in 2004 and has taught Brain Gym® extensively since that time. Susan is currently the Executive Director of The Michigan Brain Gym Consortium, travels national to teach the topic and is passionate about the value for helping to connect children to their learning environment. Susan has no financial gain in the sale of Brain Gym products. She has a non financial interest in the promotion of Brain Gym ®. The instructor has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Course Summary: This class is for anyone who wants a beginning foundation for using Brain Gym® both professionally and personally. Learn what Brain Gym® is and how it works. Experience and learn how to implement the renowned Dennison Laterality Repatterning Process for enhancing hemispheric integration. Learn about the three dimensions of brain-body intelligence, (Laterality, Centering and Focus), and how to use all 26 Brain Gym® movements to activate and integrate the whole brain. You will leave with solutions to offer any one facing challenges – including and especially yourself! Brain Gym® is the core program of Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K), the study and application of posture and movement to enhance academic, interpersonal, and physical learning. In addition to Brain Gym, Edu-K offers additional courses that build on the Brain Gym®. More information at: This 1 day course can be considered part of the 3-day Brain Gym 101 course for the foundation given by this instructor. Includes Brain Gym ® Teacher's Edition 130 page Text Book!

Link to registration:

Course Contact: Scott Boston,

CEUs: 8 contact hours, 0.8 CEUs