Course

Safe and Positive Feeding Advancement for the Newborn with Cleft Palate +/-Lip

Presented by Allyson Goodwyn-Craine, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

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Course Description

Newborns with cleft lip/palate present with unique feeding needs. Proper clinical management of their early feedings establishes a foundation for safe and positive feeding experiences. This course will review the unique swallow patterns demonstrated by newborns with cleft lip/palate, glucose management strategies, optimal positioning/handling, provision of breast milk, and bottle selection.
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Meet Your Presenter

Allyson Goodwyn-Craine began her clinical practice in 1989. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient medical settings including the NICU and Craniofacial Teams. Allyson was the Executive Director of The Children’s Developmental Health Institute recognized in the Top 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For, and ranked in the Top 20 Healthcare Nonprofits in Oregon. Allyson served on the ASHA Financial Planning Board, and as President of the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University and an ASHA publications contributor. The Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association awarded her with Honors of the Association.

Accreditation

  • 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. Describe how the swallow patterns of infants with cleft lip/palate differ from other infants and the clinical significance of these differences.
  2. Apply handling and positioning strategies for safe feeding.
  3. List specific anatomical considerations when selecting a bottle designed for infants with cleft lip/palate.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Key feeding considerations for newborns with cleft lip/palate.
  • 0:05 - Unique anatomy and implications for feeding.
  • 0:10 - Unique swallow physiology and implications for assessment and treatment.
  • 0:20 - Clinical considerations for glucose management, restricted lingual frenulum, facial taping.
  • 0:30 - Positioning/handling for feeding demonstrations.
  • 0:35 - Specialty bottle considerations.
  • 0:50 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz.

Instructional Level

Intermediate
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/SLPAs, OTs/OTAs, and PTs/PTAs who work with children.

Live Course Information

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

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until May 21, 2026.

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.

Instructional Methodology

Lecture

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