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Feeding Therapy for Special Populations: The Premature Infant

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Webinar Length (Hours):



McKenzie Hoffman, MA, CCC-SLP


Feeding Therapy for Special Populations: The Premature Infant

Feeding therapy looks different for every child. Understanding a child’s medical history and the reason they refuse foods can help therapists provide the best treatment. This 2-hour webinar takes a closer look at premature infants, focusing on why they are at risk for feeding difficulties later in life. This course explains more about feeding in the NICU and discusses common risk factors that can lead to feeding difficulties post-NICU. To benefit the most from this course, we recommend that therapists have some prior knowledge of feeding therapy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. State at least five contributors that impact feeding readiness in the NICU.
  2. List one reason why babies who spent time in the NICU are at risk for feeding aversion.
  3. Identify the correlation between prematurity and pediatric feeding difficulties.
  4. State three common challenges that premature infants face when they leave the NICU and how they can impact feeding.
  5. Identify three feeding therapy interventions that can support a child who spent time in the NICU.

Course Information

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (#8215). PD activity approval ID# 09323. This distance learning, independent activity is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Introductory level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.


McKenzie Hoffman, MA, CCC-SLP, started her career as a feeding therapist and has been practicing since 2012, working in various settings. She began her career at a pediatric outpatient clinic, where she started a feeding program and built a feeding team. Later, she moved to an outpatient setting in a children’s hospital providing NICU follow-up services for babies and their families. Currently, she works in an inpatient setting at the same hospital working with families in the NICU and with pediatric inpatients. McKenzie strongly believes in collaboration, working alongside PTs and OTs using an early intervention team approach to help resolve feeding issues.

She is a mom of three and runs a small business and Instagram account @playingatyourplate, where she shares tips and ideas that she uses with her children to encourage positive experiences with foods and mealtimes.


  • Financial: McKenzie Hoffman receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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