Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome:
Effects of Specific Drug Exposure and Feeding Difficulties

This course focused on understanding neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and the effects it has on infant feeding. It discussed how to identify withdrawal symptoms as it relates to specific drug exposure, evaluation methods, and treatment strategies to support more successful feedings.

Bio:

Victoria Osborne is a Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with her MA in Communication Disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, home health, early intervention, medically fragile daycare, and acute inpatient hospital. She currently works in the hospital setting with a special focus on pediatric and infant feeding evaluations and treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, mother-baby floors, special care nursery, and outpatient feeding clinic. She has experience with both neonatal and adult Modified Barium Swallow Studies and FEES. She has provided lectures at the local and state level as well as within the hospital on adult and pediatric dysphagia.

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Amber Valentine Forston, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC, CNT
Victoria Osborne, MA, Ed., CCC-SLP

Bio:

Amber Valentine Forston is a Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from the University of Kentucky with her MS in Communication Disorders. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, as well as a Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT). She has worked in a variety of NICUs and settings within various states. She is now in Kentucky working in the acute care hospital setting. She has experience in adults and pediatrics with feeding and swallowing difficulties including: bedside swallow evaluations, Modified Barium Swallow studies, FEES, and pediatric feeding evaluations including NICU. She has provided guest lectures for the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Louisville on feeding and swallowing topics. She has presented at the hospital, local, state, national, and international levels on pediatric feeding/swallowing and breastfeeding.

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Learner Outcomes:

  • Define neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and the effects it has on an infant

  • Identify withdrawal symptoms as it relates to specific drug exposure

  • Describe the relationship between NAS withdrawal and feeding

  • Compare and contrast evaluation and treatment methods for NAS

  • Demonstrate understanding of SLP evaluation and treatment for feeding difficulties of infants with NAS

 

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures:

Financial: Victoria is employed by Baptist Health Lexington Hospital. She received compensation for this course from Pediatric Feeding Therapy, LLC. She is co-owner of Feeding Restorative, LLC.

Non-financial: None to disclose.

Financial: Amber is employed by Baptist Health Lexington Hospital. She received compensation for this course from Pediatric Feeding Therapy, LLC. She is co-owner of Feeding Restorative, LLC.

Non-financial: None to disclose.

Time-Ordered Agenda

0:00 - 7:00: Introduction/The Opiod Epidemic

67:00 - 11:42: Types of Drugs and Drug Exposures

11:42 - 25:25 Neurodevelopment in Utero

25:25 - 43:00 Withdrawal

43:00 - 52:00 Neuroprotective Development

52:00 - 1:03:00 Feeding Evaluation

1:03:00 - 1:19:00 Treatment

 

How to get ASHA CEUs:

-Watch Pre-recorded course in its entirety

-Complete 5 question post-quiz scoring 80% or higher (you can retake the quiz)

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

number are correct in Thinkific account

 

*ASHA CEU option begins 7/26/2021

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