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Hema Desai

MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLEC, NTMTC

Hema Desai, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLEC, NTMTC, is an inpatient speech pathologist who has worked with infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders since 2000. She has her board certification specialties in swallowing and swallowing disorders (BCS-S) and neonatal touch and massage (NTMTC) and is a clinical lactation education counselor (CLEC). Hema is a clinical supervisor for graduate students, as well as a member of the multidisciplinary intensive feeding program. She has presented at several ASHA conventions and California state conferences as well as provided guest lectures at local graduate programs on the topic of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. Hema has coauthored publications in peer-reviewed journals and coauthored a book chapter. Her professional interests are primarily in pediatric feeding and dysphagia as well as working with infants with congenital heart defects.

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Feeding and Swallowing Issues in Infants With Congenital Heart Defects

Presented by Hema Desai, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLEC, NTMTC

Feeding and Swallowing Issues in Infants With Congenital Heart Defects

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Video Runtime: 51 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Infants with congenital heart defects (CHD) are at high risk for feeding and swallowing difficulties secondary to prenatal, perioperative, and postoperative sequelae, which are not always considered when working with this population. This course will benefit clinicians working with this population by providing an overview of common congenital heart defects, including anatomy and pathophysiology. Prenatal and postnatal consequences of congenital heart defects as well as postoperative complications can affect the timing and safety of initiation of oral feeding, resulting in disruptions to typical development. The impact of congenital heart defects on various body systems and how they affect feeding and swallowing development will also be discussed.

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Feeding and Swallowing Assessment and Management for Infants With CHD

Presented by Hema Desai, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLEC, NTMTC

Feeding and Swallowing Assessment and Management for Infants With CHD

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Video Runtime: 52 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

There is not a sufficient amount of information in the literature discussing assessment and management considerations for feeding and swallowing difficulties in the postoperative infant with congenital heart defects. This course will benefit clinicians working with this population by helping them understand the key components of a feeding and swallowing assessment during the acute postoperative stage. The treatment and management of feeding and swallowing difficulties must consider postoperative recovery and use of neuroprotective strategies to facilitate positive oral experiences and safe and efficient oral feeding development. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach to support the infant and caregiver will also be discussed.

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