Paediatric update on evidence for tongue tie and baby-led weaning

Price (incl GST)
Members Single price $88.00
Non-Members Single price $176.00
Students Single price $66.00

  • Registrations close 24 hours before the expiry date
  • All delegates must be registered to participate in training and be eligible to earn PSR points
  • Registrants choosing the Member class will be contacted if they are not financial SPA members with the option to pay the difference for Non Member registration or cancel and receive a refund.
  • Each person must register - single registration cost is for each individual, not per site.
  • SPA Student members can contact SPA to organise registrations at student member rates

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Session Overview:

Over the past 5 years there has been an increase in two practices that have the potential to affect infant feeding development. Parents and some health professionals advocate strongly for the treatment of tongue-tie on the basis that it will improve infant feeding, and subsequently reduce complications associated with articulation and/or dental deficits in childhood. This workshop will address different types of tongue tie, the validity of assessment tools, and surgical vs. laser treatment approaches. It will also examine the evidence for the impact of tongue-tie on feeding, articulation and dental development. The practice of Baby-led Weaning has likewise proliferated especially amongst on-line forums in recent times. The rationale behind baby-led weaning will be shared together with aspects that increase choking risk. Traditional methods of introducing first solids will be discussed. A composite approach between traditional spoon-led and baby-led weaning is advocated. A review of quality evidence-based studies for both tongue-tie management and baby-led weaning will be presented.

What I will learn:

Following this online event participants will be able to:

  • Understand how tongue-tie is diagnosed and most common types of treatment
  • Recognise different types of tongue-tie
  • Differentiate situations where tongue-tie treatment would be appropriate
  • Understand evidence for treatment of tongue-tie to assist with feeding issues and prophylactically address speech and dental issues
  • Understand the background for baby-led weaning as a method to introduce solids to infants
  • Understand the practices within baby-led weaning that increase risk of choking
  • Differentiate the pattern of chewing development when introducing solids using a spoon vs. baby led weaning approach
  • Identify quality literature that provides evidence for or against both tongue-tie and baby-led weaning

Who should attend?

  • Registrants must be speech pathologists.
  • This workshop is relevant for speech pathologists with a paediatric caseload and particularly those working in acute and community care. This event is designed for clinicians with general to mid-level paediatric experience. An understanding of normal infant feeding development is required. Students who have completed their paediatric dysphagia lectures are welcome to register.

What do I need to read beforehand?

  • There are no recommended pre-readings.

CPD Points awarded: 1.5 PSR points


Julie Cichero (Dr) Julie Cichero (Dr)
PhD, BSpThy(Hons), MSPA, CPSP
University of Queensland: Consultant, Honorary Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor