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Sarah Lauridson

MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLEC, NTMTC

Sarah is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who specializes in infant/pediatric feeding and swallowing. She has also been awarded board certification in neonatal therapy (CNT) by the Neonatal Therapy Certification Board and is a certified lactation educator counselor (CLEC). She has extensive experience in assessing and treating complex infant/pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings, including a level IV NICU, cardiac ICU, pediatric ICU, and multidisciplinary inpatient feeding program. Sarah has presented on various pediatric feeding topics and on her own research at local and national conferences. Sarah's clinical passions include empowering families in an ICU setting and neuroprotective care. When she isn't in the NICU, you can find her hiking or at the beach with her family.

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Overview of Thickening Liquids in Pediatrics

Presented by Sarah Lauridson, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLEC, NTMTC

Overview of Thickening Liquids in Pediatrics

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Video Runtime: 67 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 62 Minutes

This course presents current evidence on the effectiveness and risks of using thickened liquids for dysphagia management in pediatrics, with a focus on infants. Clinicians will gain an understanding of foundational knowledge needed for assessment planning and clinical decision-making regarding implementing thickened liquids with pediatric patients. They will also learn about specific thickening agents, liquid flow testing, and other practical tips for various patient care settings. This course is applicable to clinicians assessing and treating dysphagia in pediatrics in any setting.

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Transitioning Infants Between Bottle Systems in the NICU

Presented by Sarah Lauridson, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLEC, NTMTC

Transitioning Infants Between Bottle Systems in the NICU

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Video Runtime: 38 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 54 Minutes

Clinicians will learn the benefits of adopting the practice of transitioning a fragile infant to individualized home bottles prior to discharge. Biomechanics of sucking are compared with bottle nipple properties to guide clinical decision-making. Considerations for involving the family in this aspect of the infant's care as well as steps to plan and successfully implement this transition are discussed. This course discusses infants in the context of the NICU; however, the information regarding how to appropriately choose a nipple for an infant's skills and empower a family in caring for an infant could be applied to infants in other settings (e.g., cardiovascular ICU, outpatient therapy, etc.).

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Dysphagia Case Studies in the NICU Part 1

Presented by Sarah Lauridson, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLEC, NTMTC

Dysphagia Case Studies in the NICU Part 1

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Video Runtime: 36 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 38 Minutes

This is the first part of a two-part course series. Clinicians will learn medical history and clinical presentation of distinctly different patients who present with dysphagia in the NICU/neonatal period. They will learn from an experienced clinician how to pinpoint items in the history and clinical examination to guide their evaluation and questions for the medical team. Evidence-based therapeutic interventions appropriate to each patient's course and diagnosis will be discussed. In part 1, diagnoses of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and bronchopulmonary dysplasia will be presented. Clinicians working in the NICU or doing follow-up for NICU graduates will find this course applicable.

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Dysphagia Case Studies in the NICU Part 2

Presented by Sarah Lauridson, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLEC, NTMTC

Dysphagia Case Studies in the NICU Part 2

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Video Runtime: 40 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 38 Minutes

This is the second part of a two-part course series. Clinicians will learn medical history and clinical presentation of two distinctly different patients who present with dysphagia in the NICU/neonatal period. They will learn from an experienced clinician how to pinpoint items in the history and clinical examination to guide their evaluation and questions for the medical team. Evidence-based therapeutic interventions appropriate to each patient's course and diagnosis will be discussed. In part two, cases involving patients with congenital esophageal malformations and congenital airway malformations will be presented. Clinicians working in the NICU or doing follow-up for NICU graduates will find this course applicable.

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