Oral Function: Assessment and Comprehensive Care for the Pre-Crawling Infant
Presented by Michelle Emanuel and Melissa Cole

Workshop Summary:

This two-day intensive workshop is designed for health professionals involved in the care of the pre-crawling infant. The course is designed to enhance the care provider’s understanding, assessment and management of oral function issues as they impact infant feeding and development. We will have case studies, hands-on learning opportunities, live dyads, discussion time, and more. Melissa and Michelle will help you level-up your assessment and clinical care techniques when it comes to supporting babies coping with compromised oral function and complex feeding challenges.

Who should attend?

Any provider that wishes to become a more skilled clinician when working with pre-crawling infants! Body workers, lactation consultants, pediatricians, physical/occupational therapists, nurses, registered dieticians, and any care team member working with pre-crawling infants should consider attending. IBLCE continuing education credits will be applied for.

Presenters’ bios:

Melissa Cole MS, IBCLC is a board-certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional and clinical herbalist in private practice. Melissa is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health professionals. She enjoys researching and writing, especially on topics such tongue tie and botanical medicine.

Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L is an Occupational therapist specializing in neurodevelopment, manual therapy and autonomic nervous system regulation for the precrawling baby. She teaches several professional classes and has developed a curriculum for making tummy time enjoyable and therapeutic for babies and families. Her expertise in oral motor has developed by assessing and treatment babies in the NICU and outpatient arenas.

*11.5 IBLCE CERPS awarded for this workshop

 

Upcoming Workshops: 

Dates: April 27-28, 2019

Cost: $500 USD, early bird $450 USD by 2/1/19 (full breakfast, lunch and snacks provided both days. IBLCE CEUs provided)

Location: Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701

The April 2019 workshop is currently SOLD OUT. Please email us to be put on a wait list: oralfunctionworkshops@gmail.com.

 

Dates: September 28-29 (Sat/Sun 9 am-4:30 pm)

Cost: $500 USD, early bird $450 USD by 5/31/19 (buffet lunch provided both days, 11.5 IBLCE CERPS included)

Location: Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 6411

Maximum Attendees: 50 (register early!)

REGISTER HERE

Questions:  oralfunctionworkshops@gmail.com

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy – A full refund will be provided if cancellation is requested before 30 days of the event. If you need to cancel your registration within 14-30 days of the event, we will refund you 50% of your registration. Refunds will not be provided if cancellation occurs 0-14 prior to the event. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact us ASAP to discuss options.

Families and Babies – We are committed to providing a conducive learning environment for all attendees. Quiet infants in arms and non-separating children are welcome. Please be respectful to other attendees and step out of the room to meet your child’s needs if noise is a concern. Most workshop locations have a separate space for parenting/milk expression needs, please ask us if you need certain accommodations.

FEEDBACK

Our workshop participants have provided excellent feedback about courses for professionals:

  • I flew across the country to attend Melissa’s tongue and lip tie course. I had taken such classes with other ankyloglossia experts, but Melissa’s material and opportunities for hands-on assessment practice far surpassed what I’d heard and done before. The information shared and discussed during class was extremely detailed and comprehensive. The small-group format allowed me to ask very specific questions and receive one-on-one feedback. I returned to my private practice as an IBCLC much more confident in my own skills and with vastly more knowledge.

    N.G – IBCLC, 2017
  • What a wonderful group of women. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and presentation, Melissa. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your commitment to lactation support and beyond. I am inspired, re-charged and infused with new knowledge. This workshop has made a significant impact on the way that I approach the topic of lactation and breasts feeding with women. Learning how to look at the “whole story”, ask questions, unwind old patterns of thinking and using a more sympathetic language will help me to be an even better doula. Mahalo.

    C.S., Doula
  • I really appreciated learning new techniques for latch (i.e letting baby guide). It’s so easy to continue what we were originally taught, since breastfeeding techniques never change, right? Wrong! I’m so glad I was able to hear updates in breastfeeding teaching tools and Melissa had all the latest and greatest info to present. I also appreciated learning how to assess tongue tie, as this wasn’t something I was very familiar with. Thanks again!

    S.H., Midwife
  • Melissa’s Lactation Intensive for Breastfeeding Professionals brought together a group of focused people from different backgrounds. While bringing our skill and knowledge up to date, she answered our questions with a depth of knowledge and experience that could have filled several more lactation seminars on related subjects. Our discussions were facilitated so that participants learned from situations in each other’s fields. I am glad to know of a lactation consultant with such a breadth of experience from relactation and adoption to initiation and the problems that can arise. Thank you for an enriching experience.

    J.V. , doula
  • This workshop was AMAZING! So much information! I know I’ll be reading over my notes for awhile!” …”I think you knocked it out of the park!”…It was so educational, it kept me interested the whole day!”…”Excellent balance of visuals, handouts and case studies. The videos were priceless.

    Health care provider comments from 2017 Astoria