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When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters vs. Problems Feeders. Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding.


The 4-Day Basic Training Conference is specifically designed for professionals who are interested in learning the SOS Approach to Feeding program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties. The Basic Training Conference provides a comprehensive understanding in the theory of the SOS Approach, as well as an in-depth understanding of how children learn to eat and to not eat, general and specific feeding treatment strategies, details of the assessment of feeding disorders and how to conduct an SOS Approach to Feeding therapy session. This course includes didactic materials in a Power Point format, along with video review of children’s eating difficulties and direct participation of attendees in eating, breathing and posture exercises. (Please see the agenda provided as a separate attachment for the specific topics covered as a part of this training.)

 

OBJECTIVES:


1. Identify oral, sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional developmental milestones key to feeding.
2. Recognize and describe the major reasons why children won’t eat, as based on learning theory principles.
3. Identify physical, behavioral, motor, oral-motor, and sensory factors as a part of a Feeding Assessment.
4. Apply behavioral and social learning principles, and systematic desensitization strategies to feeding problems.
5. Create and implement a S.O.S feeding program for toddlers and young children, in group and individual treatment formats.

PRESENTERS:


Kay A. Toomey, PhD
(Pediatric Psychologist; President of Toomey & Associates, Inc.; Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder)

Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP
(Neonatal and Pediatric Speech Pathologist; Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Colorado; Faculty at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions; President, Feeding FUNdamentals, LLC)

Bethany Kortsha, MA, OTR/L
(Pediatric Occupational Therapist; Pediatric Feeding Specialist)

Kelly Fitzpatrick, CCC-SLP
(Pediatric Speech Pathologist; Pediatric Feeding Specialist)

Lindsay Beckerman, MOT, OTR/L
(Pediatric Occupational Therapist; Pediatric Feeding Specialist)

Deborah Lagerborg, CCC-SLP
(Pediatric Speech Pathologist; Pediatric Feeding Specialist)

Amanda Foster, MS CCC-SLP
(Pediatric Speech Pathologist; Pediatric Feeding Specialist)

 

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENTS:


Dr. Kay A. Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 30 years. She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems. Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach. She also acts as a consultant to Gerber Products. Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children’s Hospital – Denver’s Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center’s Pediatric Feeding Center. Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice. Dr. Toomey acted as the Clinical Director for Toomey & Associates, Inc.’s Feeding Clinic for six years and SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Institute for eight years. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., and acts as a Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute.


Dr. Erin Ross is a Speech Pathologist with a Doctoral degree in Clinical Sciences – Health Services Research. She completed a two-year post-doctoral training in the Section of Nutrition and is a Clinical Instructor in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Ross has over 25 years of experience working in the NICU within several HealthONE hospitals, and with children when she was at the SOS Feeding Solutions clinic in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Ross is the creator of the SOFFI MethodSM, a feeding program for use in the NICU. She has specialized in the development of feeding skills, and the etiology and treatment of feeding and growth problems in infants and very young children from initial hospitalization through the first 5 years of life.


Bethany CF Kortsha, MA, OTR/L received her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from The College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She completed her master’s thesis on Autism and feeding challenges using the SOS Approach to Feeding. Bethany currently works as a Pediatric Feeding Specialist at the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. She is also the Director of Clinical Mentorship for Toomey & Associates, Inc. Prior to joining STAR Institute and Toomey & Associates, Inc., Bethany worked as a member on a multidisciplinary team in a day treatment clinic for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, SPD, emotional/behavioral disorders, and feeding problems. Additionally, Bethany has completed the STAR Institute’s Intensive Mentorship Program and is a certified DIR Floortime Provider.


Kelly Fitzpatrick, CCC-SLP received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Memphis. She currently works as a Pediatric Specialist and Speech Pathologist for Rocky Mountain Health and Human Services. She specializes in feeding difficulties in children 0-5 years old and those who are G-tube dependent. Prior to her position with RMHHS, Kelly acted as the Assistant Clinical Director of SOS Feeding Solutions at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. Kelly began her career in a pediatric outpatient hospital setting using the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Kelly has also completed the STAR Institute’s Intensive Mentorship Program and is a certified DIR Floortime Provider.


Lindsay Beckerman, MOT, OTR/L received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from The Ohio State University. She currently works as a Pediatric Feeding Specialist at the Feeding Clinic at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. She specializes in feeding difficulties in atypical learners, including children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and multisensory processing difficulties. Prior to joining STAR Institute, Lindsay worked as a member of a multidisciplinary team with Autism Spectrum Disorders, SPD, emotional/behavioral disorders and feeding problems. Additionally, Lindsay has completed the STAR Institute’s Level 1 and Level 2 Intensive Mentorship Programs and is a certified DIR Floortime Provider.


Deborah Lagerborg, CCC-SLP received her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. During her graduate studies, she focused on feeding disorders and dysphagia in infants and children. Deborah currently works as a Pediatric Feeding Specialist and Speech Pathologist for Developmental Disabilities Resource Center. Prior to this position, Deborah worked at a Pediatric Feeding Specialist at SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Institute. Deborah began her career in a pediatric outpatient hospital setting, working primarily with infants and children with feeding disorders. She also spent time working in the NICU as part of a multidisciplinary team, supporting premature infant development and early feeding experiences. Deborah’s passion is to work with the families, empowering parents to support their own child’s development and success.


Amanda Foster, MS CCC-SLP, received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital IHP. For over 15 years, Mrs. Foster has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses in school, clinic, hospital, and early intervention settings. She began her feeding career in 2005 at Toomey & Associates, Inc. and then moved to the STAR Center with Dr. Toomey. In 2010, Mrs. Foster started a private practice specializing in providing feeding support for families in their homes and in community settings. Currently, she is the Lead Speech and Feeding Therapist at a multi-disciplinary pediatric clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to presenting The SOS Approach to Feeding with Toomey & Associates, Inc. Mrs. Foster has lectured on swallowing disorders at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. She also regularly presents on speech and feeding disorders at parent, teacher, and professional seminars.

 

When Children Won’t Eat:
Picky Eaters versus Problem Feeders
Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding


4 DAY – CONFERENCE COURSE AGENDA
DAY 1:
7:30am to 8:00am Registration
8:00am to 10:00am I. Introduction
A. Prevalence
B. What do we know from the Research?
C. Tenets of SOS
10:00am to 10:15am Break
10:15am to noon D. Top 10 Myths
II. Feeding Theory - How children learn to AND not to eat
A. Learning Theory
1. Application to Feeding
2. Feeding Therapy options
12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm to 3:00pm A. Learning Theory
3. Feeding Video
III. Feeding Skills
A. Myth 1 = Breathing
B. Motor milestones
3:00pm to 3:15 pm Break
3:15pm to 5:00pm C. Oral-Motor milestones
D. Neurosensory
DAY 2:
8:00am to 10:00am III. Feeding Skills - continued
E. Steps to Eating
F. Developmental Food Continuum
10:00am to 10:15am Break
10:15am to noon F. Developmental Food Continuum – continued
G. Cognitive Development
12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm to 3:00pm III. Feeding Skills - continued
H. Psychological Developmental Stages
IV. General Treatment/Interventions
A. Strategies for Family Meals
3:00pm to 3:15pm Break
3:15pm to 5:00pm A. Strategies for Family Meals - continued
B. Preventing Food Jags
V. Assessment of Feeding Problems
A. Assessment Process
B. Referral Candidates
C. Reasons Children Won’t Eat
DAY 3:
8:00am to 10:00am V. Assessment of Feeding Problems - continued
D. Child Factors
E. Environmental Factors
F. Parent Factors
G. Practice Videos
10:00am to 10:15am Break
10:15am to noon VI. The SOS Approach to Feeding – Therapy Sessions
A. Systematic Desensitization
B. Cues to Eating
12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm to 3:00pm C. Language Use
D. Therapy Format - Child
E. Therapy Format – Parent
3:00pm to 3:15pm Break
3:15pm to 5:00pm F. SOS Data
G. Building a Food Hierarchy
- using food as your therapy tools
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DAY 4:
8:00am to 10:00am VI. The SOS Approach to Feeding – Therapy Sessions - continued
G. Building a Food Hierarchy - continued
H. Hierarchy Strategies
10:00am to 10:15am Break
10:15am to noon H. Hierarchy Strategies - continued
12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm to 3:00pm I. Video Practice: Progression Within Session
J. SOS Data
3:00pm to 3:15pm Break
3:15pm to 5:00pm VII. Managing Maladaptive Behaviors
A. Overview
B. Preventing “problem” behaviors
C. Intervention strategies - basic
D. Emotion Based Discipline
VIII. The SOS Approach to Feeding - Audience Practice
A. Video Practice: Progression Across Sessions

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