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  • Speaker Type: Clinical Support of Infant Sucking Skills Lecture Pack
  • Country: USA

Ramya Kumar is a certified Speech Language Pathologist specializing in infant and pediatric feeding difficulties. She currently works in a Level III NICU and a primary care office in Phoenix, Arizona. Ramya is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In addition, she has received the Developmental Care Specialist Designation through the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and is also certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage (NTMTC). Ramya is a certified Trauma Informed Professional and is passionate about creating long term mealtime successes for her patients and families. Her philosophy to patient care is deeply rooted in the belief that every patient – no matter how small, has a voice; and that families should be empowered to be active participants in their care plan.

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Supporting Early Oral Feeding Experiences in the NICU: Utilizing the Lens of Orofacial Myology
One of the most complex and challenging tasks required of an infant in the neonatal ICU (NICU) is oral feeding. Oral feeding progression is also one of the most critical pieces of the discharge puzzle. Depending on their medical and nutritional needs, these infants often experience procedures like intubation and/or placement of medically necessary interfaces like nasal prongs, CPAP masks, orogastric and nasogastric feeding tubes. Intra-oral presence of tubes paired with the sensory motor implications of tape used to secure these interfaces and the overall challenges of a developing infant in the ex-utero environment places these infants at risk for oral feeding difficulties downstream. This presentation will provide participants with ways to support the developing oral structures and subsequent oral motor and oral sensory components of a neonate in an attempt to support breast and bottle feeding progression in the NICU.
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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks