Pediatric Dysphagia: Thickeners and Systematic Weaning

This course focused on describing the various types of thickeners, the pros and cons of each, the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative Testing, motor learning principles and the systematic weaning protocol.

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Brianna Miluk, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Alyson Ware, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC


Alyson Ware is a pediatric speech-language pathologist is a pediatric speech- language pathologist with experience in infants, toddlers and young children. She has worked in private practice, early childhood intervention and a children’s hospital. Alyson has taken over 200 hours of continuing education in the area of pediatric feeding and swallowing. She is currently working towards her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

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:

  • Describe reasons why you may use a thickener.

  • List 3 types of commercial thickeners.

  • Explain the systematic weaning protocol.

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures:

Financial: Alyson is a full-time employee of Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, Founder fo Austin Speech Therapy, PLLC, and received a speaking fee from Pediatric Feeding Therapy, LLC.

Non-financial: Alyson is a volunteer for Dysphagia Outreach Project and a member of SIG 13.

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

  • Types of Thickeners & Pros and Cons to Each 10-40 minutes

  • International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative Testing 40-50 minutes

  • Systematic Weaning Protocol 50-60 minutes

  • Case Studies 60-70 minutes


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 9/18/2021

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