Common Medications and Their Impact on Feeding and Swallowing

This course discusses the most common medications that impact feeding and swallowing, side effects of these medications, and how to navigate the side effects with feeding therapy.

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Olivia Whitaker, MS, RDN, LD

Brianna Miluk, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC


Olivia Whitaker, MS, RDN, LD is a clinical dietitian who recently shifted focus to pediatrics. She was drawn to pediatrics after adopting her son with special needs who requires feeding therapy, speech therapy and the forever long list of every therapy under the sun. Olivia also recently birthed a child and quickly found herself researching everything about pediatrics and nutrition. Olivia states, "so here I am soaking in all the knowledge of pediatrics and sharing the knowledge I gain as I go along. I mainly work with kids ages 0-5 and truly love this new career change!"

Brianna Miluk, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC is a speech language pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor who focuses on pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. She especially loves serving infants and medically complex children. Bri strives to provide treatment that builds on responsive feeding approaches, is multidisciplinary, and considers a child's zone of proximal development and principles of neuroplasticity. She primarily works in the home health setting and enjoys mentoring future and current SLPs interested in PFDs.

Learner Outcomes:

  • List 3 types of medication categories that may impact feeding and swallowing.

  • Describe possible side effects that may influence feeding and swallowing.

  • Explain an SLPs role in navigating side effects of medications.

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures:

Financial: Olivia is provided a speaker fee by Pediatric Feeding Therapy, LLC for podcast episodes.

Non-financial: Olivia is co-host of The Feeding Pod.

Financial: Brianna is the founder and CEO of Pediatric Feeding Therapy, LLC and receives compensation for presenting continuing education courses. Bri receives a salary from Earthshine Speech and Language.

Non-Financial: Brianna is the cofounder and president of the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Foundation. She is also a volunteer ambassador for Feeding Matters. Brianna manages the Instagram page @pediatricfeedingSLP & is co-host of the podcast The Feeding Pod.



  • Introduction 0-5 minutes

  • Most Common Medications Impacting Feeding/Swallowing 5-10 minutes

  • Medications and Side Effects 10-40 minutes

  • How to Navigate Side Effects with Feeding Therapy 40-50 minutes


How to get ASHA CEUs:

-Watch Pre-recorded course in its entirety

-Complete post quiz

-Make sure name, e-mail, address, and ASHA

number are correct in Thinkific account


*ASHA CEU option begins 10/11/2021

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