This event has been postponed until 2021.

Let Etiology Be Your Guide: Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing

March 27, 2020
UNM Student Union Building

A presentation by four practicing Speech- Language Pathologists working in hospital settings.

The focus of this course is pediatric feeding and swallowing, focusing on newborns to 18 months of age. We will focus on the etiology behind the dysphagia. Evaluation and treatment in infants with complex medical needs will be discussed. Case studies will illustrate the complexities of these infants from NICU to early intervention and outpatient services. Instrumental evaluations will also be reviewed. Breakout sessions with opportunities for hands on experience with bottle systems, positioning, and other interventions will offer attendees experience they can immediately implement in their own practice.

At the completion of this conference, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe normal anatomy and physiology of infant and toddler feeding and swallowing.
  • Identify common etiologies of dysphagia in pediatric populations.
  • Identify red flags for dysphagia and when to refer for instrumental evaluation in complex medically fragile pediatric populations.
  • Identify strategies for safe feeding of infants and toddlers.
  • Describe treatment strategies for children with oral and/or pharyngeal dysphagia.
  • Identify treatment strategies and latching techniques to facilitate successful breastfeeding.


Chelsea Moss, MS, CCC-SLP is a practicing speech-language pathologist with 10 years of clinical experience in the acute care setting. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from New Mexico State University and graduated from The Ohio State University with her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Chelsea currently works as a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for Presbyterian Hospital and serves as the Pediatric Rehabilitation Team Lead. She has extensive experience and specialized training in the area of pediatric feeding, and infant dysphagia. Chelsea is also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and completed her post-graduate Lactation Consultant Education through the University of California San Diego’s Extension Program. Chelsea holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech- Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is a Certified Neonatal Therapist receiving that designation through the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board.

Financial Disclosure: Employed by Presbyterian Hospital. Chelsea is not receiving any payment for speaking at this conference.
Non-Financial Disclosure: N/A

Andrea Martinez-Fisher, MS, CCC-SLP has been a licensed and practicing SLP for 14 years and has a variety of clinical experience ranging from preterm infants to geriatric. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of New Mexico and a Master of Arts degree at Temple University in Communication Disorders. Andrea currently works at the University of New Mexico graduate school in Speech Language Pathology as a clinical instructor, PRN at Presbyterian Hospital in the NICU/PICU/pediatrics, and as a community based SLP in early intervention. Andrea specializes in serving the medically fragile population, specifically related to feeding and swallowing. She has a passion for mentoring clinicians interested in pediatric dysphagia.

Financial Disclosure:Employed by the University of New Mexico, Presbyterian Hospital and Inspirations, LLC. Andrea is not receiving any payment for speaking at this conference.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Andrea serves as a community ambassador for Feeding Matters. This is a non-subsidized appointment. Andrea also serves at the Vice President of administration and planning with the New Mexico Speech and Hearing Association.

Anne Hazelwood, MS, CCC-SLP has been practicing Speech Pathology for 12 years. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College in 2003, and received a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2007. She has focused on dysphagia evaluation and treatment since graduation, primarily in acute care. Anne currently works as a neonatal and pediatric therapist at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque.

Financial Disclosure: Salary from Presbyterian Hospital. Anne is not receiving any payment for speaking at this conference.
Non-Financial Disclosure:Anne became interested in focusing on neonatal and pediatric feeding disorders after the birth of her 29-week-old infant in 2013. Her now 6-year-old son was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis in 2015 and received a G tube at that time. Her practice will forever be impacted by being a parent of a feeding disordered child.

Celestina Martinez, MS, CCC-SLP has been a Speech Language Pathologist in the acute care setting for 7 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of New Mexico. Celestina works at Presbyterian Hospital and has experience in both inpatient and outpatient from birth to the elderly. For the past five years she has specialized in pediatric and NICU feeding and swallowing. She became a Certified Neonatal Therapist in 2019 and is General Movement Assessment certified. Celestina is the current Vice President of Public Information for the New Mexico Speech- Language Hearing Association.

Financial Disclosure: Celestina receives a salary from Presbyterian Hospital. She is not being compensated for speaking at this conference.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Celestina is the Vice President of Public Information for the New Mexico Speech-Language Hearing Association and a member of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.


Registration 7:30 am to 8:00 am
Normal Anatomy and Physiology of Infant and Toddlers- Swallowing 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Video-Fluoroscopic Swallow Study Exam 8:30 am to 9:00 am
Identification of etiologies for pediatric dysphagia 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Break 10:00 am to 10:15 am
Identification of etiologies for pediatric dysphagia 10:15 to 11:45 am
Lunch On Your Own 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Evaluation/ Treatment 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Break 2:00 pm to 2:15 pm
Evaluation/ Treatment cont. 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm
Case Study 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Experiential Break Out Sessions 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Continuing Education

This course is offered for .7 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area)

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