Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder (FGID)

1.5 contact hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $10 for NAPNAP Members. For non- members, this continuing education activity rate is $20. Nearly every day in a primary care setting, providers will encounter a patient with a functional gastrointestinal disorder.  This module contains three separate presentations by international experts on topics related to functional GI disorders.  The first presentation addresses the art of delivering care to children with FGID’s.  Together, a pediatric gastroenterologist and psychologist discuss the proper assessment and diagnostic criteria when FGID is suspected and the best way to discuss this diagnosis with the patient and family.  The second module is a brief review of the benefits of hypnosis in pediatrics.  Former APGNN President, Robin Shannon APRN, provides practical tips for utilization of hypnosis.  In the last presentation of this module, Dr. Miranda van Tilburg, PhD explores the contribution of early adverse childhood experiences (ACE) to the development of pediatric FGID’s.  Following review of this 90 minute module, the provider will gain deeper understanding of how to assess, diagnose, treat and discuss the diagnosis of FGID.  They will also have an increased awareness to factors related to pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders.

IMPORTANT: This continuing education activity is offered by The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses (APGNN). You must be logged in as a NAPNAP member to receive the member discount. If you are an APGNN member, you must use your coupon code to receive your reduced rate.  If current members of either organization are asked to purchase this activity at the Non-Member rate, please contact the NAPNAP National Office at (877) 662-7627 to request assistance prior to entering any payment information.

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Copyright 2018 © by The Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (APGNN) and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.5 NAPNAP contact hour.

Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, all nurses who work with children.

Learning Objectives

Module 1: The Art of Delivering Care to Children with FGIDS

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of Functional GI Disorders
  • Explore the evaluation and workup of children suspected to have FGIDs
  • Discuss the bio-psychosocial model as a therapeutic tool for addressing FGIDs
  • Identify the key factors in engaging patients and their families in the rehabilitation journey.

Module 2: An Introduction to Hypnosis in Pediatric GI

  • Define hypnosis
  • Discuss appropriate applications of hypnosis in pediatric GI
  • Discuss goals of hypnotherapy.

Module 3: Early Adverse Life Experiences in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Explore the contribution of early adverse childhood experiences (ACE) to the development of pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID)
  • Relate effects of early life experiences to maturation of the central nervous system and HPA axis.
  • Examine the role of parental modeling and reinforcement of inappropriate illness behaviors in FGID.
  • Guide parents in supporting child's well-being rather than illness behaviors.
Course summary
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  • 1.50 Contact hours
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Desale Yacob, MD and Rose Schroedl, PhD, Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University

Disclosures: None to report for both speakers.

Correspondence: You may email DeSale Yacob: and Rose

Robin Shannon, MS, APRN, CPNP, University of Minnesota

Disclosure: None to report and no discussion of off label use or investigational use in her presentation.

Correspondence: You may email Robin Shannon:

Miranda Van Tilburg, PhD, Campbell University, University of North Carolina, University of Washington.

Correspondence: You may email Miranda Van Tilburg:

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Contact hours


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