Join us for a Carolina Pediatric Therapy hosted Continuing Education Event!

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing:
CAN-EAT Approach

Using a Medical, Motor, and Behavioral Strategies featuring Krisi Brackett, MS, CCC-SLP from UNC Hospitals’ Pediatric Feeding Team

Krisi Brackett MS SLP-CCC
Krisi Brackett MS SLP-CCC has specialized in pediatric feeding and dysphagia intervention for over 20 years. She currently works at UNC Hospitals where she serves as co-director of the UNC Pediatric Feeding Team, an intra-disciplinary team consisting of pediatric GI, speech pathology and nutrition providing evaluation and treatment to children birth to 18. She is adjunct faculty at the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill and a member of the UNC based pediatric feeding research group, The Feeding Flock.

She presents workshops on feeding and swallowing disorders across the country and is a contributing author for “An Integrated Approach to Feeding Intervention” (chapter 1) in Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment, Therapro 2013. She has also worked in EI and private practice. She created the popular pediatric feeding blog:

Krisi Brackett, MS, CCC-SLP from UNC Hospitals’ Pediatric Feeding Team



Two-day course offers 1.5 ASHA CEUs or 15 clock hours of training.



This course will focus on intervention of feeding disorders using the CAN-EAT Approach



Registration deadline October 1.
Limited seats available.



Join us for this two-day training event 8:30-5:30, Friday and Saturday, October 21-22, 2016.

Course Outline

This course will focus on intervention of feeding disorders using the CAN-EAT Approach.

Pediatric Feeding: CAN-EAT Approach

CAN = Comfort and Nutrition (GI comfort and proper nutrition and growth first using medical and nutritional strategies. As well as addressing medical issues such as dysphagia)

EAT = Establish Acceptance of easy textures, then Therapy for oral motor skill development and improving volume and variety of intake.

Learner outcomes:

  1. The participant will be able to explain the complex nature of feeding and how feeding problems develop.
  2. The participant will be able to prioritize intervention strategies resulting in the clients improved ability to orally feed.
  3. The participant will be able explain the hierarchy of oral motor development as well as use oral motor exercises to achieve improved oral motor patterns.
  4. The participant will be able to use behavioral feeding techniques to improve acceptance of bites or sips from a cup.
  5. The participant will be able to recognize signs and symptoms of GI issues that interfere with successful feeding, verbalize common intervention practices, and identify ways to work successfully with the medical team for the success of the patient.

Course Schedule

October 21 – 8:30AM to 5:30PM

8:30to10:00 Intro to course concepts
10:00to10:15 Break
10:15to12:00GI issues and feeding
12:30to2:00GI issues and feeding
2:00to3:15Case studies
3:30to5:00Nutritional issues
5:00to5:30Question/answer, case studies.

October 22 – 8:30AM to 5:30PM

3:30to5:00Case studies
5:00to5:30Specific populations and question/answer, conclusion.

Event Location

Asheville Event Center


From I-40: Exit 51 (from either East or West), turn left onto Sweeten Creek Road, drive 0.7 miles, at the light, the Asheville Event Centre will be on your right at the top of the hill.

From I-26: Take Exit 40, go East on 280 (Airport Rd), go past 25 (Hendersonville Rd), it becomes 25-A (Sweeten Creek Road), follow 6.3 miles to the Asheville Event Centre which will be on your left at the stop light. The entrance is at the center of the building.

Pediatric Feeding: CAN-EAT Approach

Places to Stay and Eat

For those of you traveling to the area, the Asheville Event Center is close to Biltmore Village and the Biltmore Estate. Below is a link to our local Chamber of Commerce website with Hotels and Restaurants in this area.

Register by October 1, 2016

Register Today

Limited spaces available. Register by 12:00 PM, October 1, 2016

The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: CAN-EAT Approach is closed for online registration at this time. Please call (828) 670-8056 with any questions.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: CAN-EAT Approach
The University of North Carolina Division of Speech & Hearing

Financial Disclosure: Krisi Brackett receives a salary from UNC Hospitals where she is Co-Director of the Pediatric Feeding Team. She is coordinating the course and will receive tuition from teaching this course.

NonFinancial Disclosure: Ms. Brackett has no relevant non-financial relationships to declare.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be in writing and received by Carolina Pediatric Therapy 30 days prior to course; refund will not be granted after that date. Approved course refunds will be issued after the final course date (minus $50 processing fee).

Carolina Pediatric Therapy reserves the right to cancel any course with due cause and refund in full.