PIOMI Training Webinar (ZOOM):  March 20  9-11am       (CST - USA)

PIOMI Training Webinar (ZOOM): March 20 9-11am (CST - USA)


Oral feeding is a complex task for preterm infants and is dependent upon maturation of the central nervous system and influences from chemosensory and perioral tactile input. The functional and neurologic immaturity of the oral motor structures is evident in the poorly developed oral musculature, reduced sensation in the intraoral/perioral areas, lack of lip seal, and reduced tongue and cheek strength. Preterm infants consequently struggle to transition from gavage to oral feeding. Early oral motor therapy can be provided to activate sensation, improve muscle contractility, and increase oral motor organization. There is substantial international evidence supporting oral motor therapy’s positive effect on feeding maturation, resulting in significantly faster transitions to full oral feeding and thus shortening length of hospital stay. The Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI) was developed specifically as an early prefeeding intervention, to capitalize on the early neural networking opportunities in the preterm brain. The intervention has demonstrated strong intervention fidelity and provides a standardized approach to applying therapy.  The purpose of this presentation is to summarize the growing international evidence for oral motor therapy, and offer training in how to perform it and evaluate outcomes.  


This Virtual training is taught by Dr Brenda Knoll, founder of PIOMI. It is 90 minutes and includes a live presentation on the background of PIOMI, evidence, why it works, training demonstration, practice session, discussion on protocols, and ways to implement at your agency, and Q&A at the end.


It also includes an opportunity for you to demonstrate PIOMI  so Dr Knoll can validate your training, thus give you a formal PIOMI Completion Certificate validating that you can perform PIOMI exactly as it was written. Some institutions require this in order to perform the therapy in the NICU, or to perform it as part of a research study.


The fee for the validation and certificate ($50 if done outside a training webinar) is included in cost of the Webinar for those who attend. The Webinar will be offered via ZOOM, and a private link will be sent to you upon registration. 

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