Feeding Infants with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD)

Presented by Victoria Feaster, CCC-SLP, CNT

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Course Description

This course will include information on the incidence of developmental co-morbidities in infants with CHD, factors related to CHD that impact pre-operative and post-operative feeding ability, the components of a feeding evaluation and strategies that assist infants with feeding difficulty, IDDSI and the impact of thickening on feeding and flow rate, and considerations for safe […]
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PediatricSLPAnatomy/PhysiologyBirth to 3Feeding and Swallowing

Meet Your Presenter

Victoria is a pediatric speech therapist and Certified Neonatal Therapist with over six years of pediatric acute care and neonatal therapy experience. She works primarily in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, in areas of infant feeding and swallowing. She is most passionate about family-centered care and empowering parents to become their infant’s expert feeders and advocates.


  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. List components of a feeding evaluation.
  2. Describe three strategies to assist infants with feeding difficulty.
  3. Describe the International Dysphagia Diet Initiative (IDDSI) and how thickening variables can impact infant feeding and nipple flow rate.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Incidence and prevalence of developmental co-morbidities in infants with CHD
  • 0:05 - Factors related to CHD that impact feeding ability
  • 0:15 - Components of a CHD feeding evaluation
  • 0:25 - Strategies that assist with infant feeding difficulty and treating dysphagia
  • 0:35 - IDDSI, thickening, and feeding/flow rate
  • 0:45 - Considerations for discharge
  • 0:55 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter.

Target Audience

SLPs who work with children in a clinical setting.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

This course will be available for CEUs until March 17th, 2027.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • None.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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