Upcoming Webinar Series in May – International Dysphagia Diet

The More We Know, the More We Grow: A Pediatric Hospital’s Developmental Progression with the IDDSI

This presentation from Connecticut Children’s Medical Centre will outline the process this committed group went through implementing IDDSI at their pediatric centre, highlighting both the facilitators and barriers encountered along the way. The presenters will cover aspects such as gaining support for the initiative; obtaining necessary materials and technical support; education; implementation and quality assessments. They will also discuss future plans to help continue growing.

– Kamie Sylvester has worked at both Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. She has spent the past 5 years building her experience, knowledge and passion about dysphagia across the lifespan.

– Jodi Cegelka started working at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in June of 2016, where she completed her Clinical Fellowship Year. She is currently treating a variety of populations with dysphagia and feeding difficulties, and expanding her experience, knowledge, and passion about dysphagia within the pediatric setting.

– Marni Simon has worked at CT Children’s Medical Center for almost 15 years. She has been a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing disorders since 2012. Marni previously served as the American Speech Language Hearing Associations Special Interest Group 13 (Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders) Perspectives Editor.

– Virginia Van Epps is the clinical manager of speech-language pathology at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Virginia has worked at Connecticut Children’s for 9 years, where she oversees 4 sites and 19 SLPs. Virginia has been in the field for close to 20 years. She previously worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Yale- New Haven Hospital, where she specialized in pediatrics and worked on the craniofacial and cochlear implant teams. She is also a certified lactation counselor.

May 9, 2018 8:00 AM & more dates to be determined