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

Course Description:

Discounts cannot be applied to this course.

This course is one of the prerequisites for the NEW SOS Certification Program

Includes multiple opportunities for video analysis and clinical problem solving

The SOS Approach to Feeding is a Transdisciplinary Program for assessing and treating children with feeding and weight/growth difficulties. It has been developed over the course of 20 years through the clinical work of Dr. Kay Toomey, in conjunction with colleagues from several different disciplines including: Pediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dieticians, and Speech Pathologists/Therapists. This program integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. It is based on, and grounded philosophically in, the normal developmental steps, stages and skills of feeding found in typically developing children. The treatment component of the program utilizes these typical developmental steps towards feeding to create a systematic desensitization hierarchy of skills/behaviors necessary for children to progress with eating various textures, and with growing at an appropriate rate for them. The assessment component of the program makes sure that all physical reasons for atypical feeding development are examined and appropriately treated medically. In addition, the SOS Approach works to identify any nutritional deficits and to develop recommendations as appropriate to each individual childs growth parameters and needs. Skills across all developmental areas are also assessed with regards to feeding, as well as an examination of learning capabilities with regards to using the SOS program.

Participants will be able to:
1. Identify oral, sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional developmental milestones key to feeding
2. Recognize and describe the major reasons why children wont 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, to feeding problems
5. Create and implement a S.O.S feeding program for toddlers and young children, in group and individual treatment formats

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What others are saying:

"Words cannot describe how much information and knowledge I have gained. I appreciate all the information Dr. Toomey & Dr. Ross have provided. It is exciting to be given all this incredible information and then implementing it. This class has peaked my interest and am eager to potentially specialize in picky eaters and problem feeders." - Jennifer Bade, SLP

"This course has saved me and as a result my kiddos + families with feeding issues! I was completely disjointed and had no continuity. Now I have a clear way to assess, begin, progress and discharge kiddos and document progress! Thank you!" - Emily J Faurole, OTD, OTR

"Excellent course. Well organized with thoughtful education of theory, purpose and application to feeding difficulties." - Shannon Harper, CCC-SLP

"This is a wonderfully engaging course. All feeding therapists should initiate their practice with the theoretical underpinnings of SOS approach." - Leah Sunger Maccesup, SLP

"Great course! Full of relevant and interesting information. Great not only for an entry level therapist but for a seasoned therapist as well!"
Deborah Lennon, OT

"As a therapist I felt there were missing pieces to my feeding tx.program. The SOS program helped me to recognize the cognitive developmental scale of the children."
Maryann Smith, SLP

"Easy to listen to, comprehend and 'digest.' Kay has a charismatic personality that connected with me so that I have the confidence to explain to parents. Great parent resources! I feel confident to discuss a child's state so that I know the family can hear me."-Della Hinn, SLP

"This course was fantastic! I feel like it was the first one I've taken that actually told me what to do to teach children how to lateralize and chew. I love that it is all food based without non-food tools. I can't wait to put it into practice!" -Emily Whistler, SLP

Session 1 April 25-28, 2019
St. Paul, MN (Map)

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Session 2 November 7-10, 2019
Tacoma, WA (Map)

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