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Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia

Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia

Eating and Drinking: A complex developmental process

Our post-master's Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia is designed with you in mind. Created by master clinicians, experts in this specialized practice area, the program offers coursework and practica relevant to the currently practicing speech-language pathologist. During the program, you will also learn to work with other health care providers, as well as parents and families, in a team approach towards care. 

For many, food and drink are a source of pleasure and socialization. Eating and drinking satisfy hunger and thirst, as well as help structure the day and allow for social interactions. For some children, eating and drinking may not be a source of pleasure. Between 25%-45%* of typically developing children demonstrate feeding and swallowing problems.  The incidence of such problems is even higher (30%-80%) for children with developmental disorders. These problems can have severe consequences, such as growth failure, malnutrition, dehydration and increased susceptibility to chronic illness.   Prevalence of these disorders is increasing due to improved survival rates of children born prematurely, with low birth weight, and with complex medical conditions.

As one of the few medically based speech-language pathology programs in the country, we are uniquely positioned to provide Speech-Language Pathologists with the knowledge and skills they need to understand, assess, and treat these feeding and swallowing disorders in newborns, toddlers, and children. Few practicing clinicians have had the opportunity to take coursework specifically designed to address the clinical needs of this population, children with feeding/swallowing disorders. Fewer than a handful of graduate programs in the U.S. offer comprehensive coursework in dysphagia in children; and fewer externship placements offer supervision to graduate students or clinical fellows in order to develop these skills.

Program FAQs:

Timeline: Semester 1 (Fall) 9/4-12/20:  2 online classes

              Semester 2 (Spring) 1/6-4/24:  1 online class, 2 Practica Weekends*

              Semester 3 (Summer) 5/11-8/14: 1 online class, 2 Practica Weekends*

Weekend Practica: You will be required to travel to NYMC in Valhalla, N.Y. on two weekends in the Spring and two weekends in the Summer during your program.

*Spring 2020 dates (pick 2 weekends) 1/11 & 1/12, 2/22 & 2/23, 3/7 & 3/8, 3/28 & 3/29.

*Summer 2020 dates (pick 2 weekends) 5/16 & 5/17, 6/6 & 6/7, 6/27 & 6/28, 7/11 & 7/12.

The practica will take place at both New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and at The Boston Children's Speech Language Pathology Clinic in Valhalla, N.Y. We have scheduled these weekends far enough in advance so that appropriate travel can be arranged.

Online Classes: Our online classes are offered asynchronously so that you may complete the program on your timeline. Some set chat sessions will also be scheduled.

Cost: The 2018-19 cost per credit was $515, we anticipate a minor increase for 2019-20. Because this is a certificate program, you will not be eligible for Financial Aid.

Continuing Education Credits: Upon completion of the Advanced Certificate you will be eligible for ASHA Continuing Education hours. The Department is an ASHA continuing education provider; we are currently working with the CE office to determine the exact number of CE hours assigned to this program.

The curriculum provides:

  • Thorough understanding of normal swallow physiology, and the factors underlying possible physiological differences and problems
  • Protocols for assessment and treatment in pediatric populations
  • Emphasis on multiple management issues, including cultural differences, parental counseling and
  • Ethical considerations, as well as medical compromises
  • Clinical skills training focused on the development of a team-based, comprehensive treatment/management program

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS

*The Fall 2019 cohort for Pediatric Dysphagia has reached capacity. If you have already been accepted and wish to enroll, please contact us to be placed on the waiting list. We anticipate a limited number of seats becoming available prior to the Fall start of classes so we are still accepting applications. Anyone that cannot be accommodated for the Fall 2019 cohort will have their acceptance rolled over for the Fall 2020 cohort.*

The School of Health Sciences and Practices invites Speech-Language Pathologists to apply to the Pediatric Dysphagia Advanced Certificate program. Completed applications are reviewed by members of the faculty in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. The staff from the Admissions Office is available to provide information and answer questions before and during the admissions process.

In order to be considered for the program, please submit the following:

  • Your Pediatric Dysphagia Application and non-refundable application fee
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement explaining why you are interested in earning an advanced certificate in pediatric dysphagia
  • Documentation of licensure and professional certification
  • International applicants who earned a degree outside the US must send credential evaluations to the Office of Admissions. 

Please contact Pamela Suett at pamela_suett@nymc.edu or (914) 594-4510 if you have any questions about the program or about your submitted application.

Please note the class size is limited.

Program Director:
Luis F. Riquelme, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP,BCS-S 
(914) 594-4239

* (Arvedson, 2008; Bernard-Bonnin, 2006; Brackett, Arvedson, & Manno, 2006; Burklow, Phelps, Schultz, McConnell, & Rudolph, 1998; Lefton-Greif, 2008; Linscheid, 2006; Manikam & Perman, 2000; Rudolph & Link, 2002).