The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding is a trans-disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.
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NEW LIVE WEBINAR! – 4 FULL DAYS
Times for Each Day* (The schedule in the brochure lists times in Central Standard Time – US)
April 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2021
9:00 am – 6:00pm EST
8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST
7:00 am – 4:00 pm MST
6:00 am – 3:00 pm PST
*Check-in 30 minutes earlier on Day 1 is required to make sure your system is working correctly with the broadcasting platform, as well as to hear important Course instructions for expected participation in the conference and for meeting CEU requirements.
This 4 Day virtual conference is limited to the first 165 registrants.
Please note: Due to the requirements for the participation of this online, live training conference, we strongly advise that potential registrants located in an area more than 6 hours ahead or 2 hours prior to the Central Standard Time, participate in alternative dates/locations for SOS Approach to Feeding training.
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 30 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 child’s 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 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, to feeding problems
5. Create and implement a S.O.S feeding program for toddlers and young children, in group and individual treatment formats
These are absolute requirements for registration and that by registering you are agreeing to the cancellation policy, the technical requirements for the conference, and to attend a required Test Run session.
In order to protect the health and well being of all conference participants and the children they will be treating, the SOS Team has created a set of very stringent criteria to assure that all of the conference material has been properly learned and mastered in the on-line format.
- Attendee will participate in the Conference using a computer or tablet that is hard wired into the Internet directly via an ethernet cord
- Attendee will participate in a MANDATORY Test Run session prior to the Conference to verify that their device has no technical problems in being able to communicate with the Speakers via Zoom or Survey Monkey
- Attendee will be present AND on camera throughout the entire duration of the Conference = Day 1 (7:30am to 5pm) and Days 2, 3, 4 (8am to 5pm)
- Attendee will take 2 tests per day of the Conference, answer 2-4 Chat Questions per day and participate in all required postural and food exercises as instructed by the SOS Professors
- Attendee verifies that they are physically located within the following Time Zone Requirements = no more than 6 hours ahead NOR no more than 2 hours earlier than the Conference Time Zone
Secondary to these stringent criteria, participants will NOT BE ALLOWED:
- To watch any part of the Training Conference via video at a later time.
- To miss taking and/or passing any of the 8 tests throughout the conference.
- To miss and/or not participate in the Live Chat questions across the conference.
Dr. Kay A. Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 30 years. She developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family-centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems. Dr. Toomey is the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., consults for Gerber Baby Foods/Nestle, works with Feeding Matters, acts as a Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute, and speaks internationally about her approach.
Susan Kniffen, MS, OTR/L received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University (VA). She spent the first two years of her career working with adults in acute care and rehabilitation settings before transferring to working in pediatric settings in 2005. Since 2006, she has been a feeding specialist in addition to working with children who have orthopedic, neurological, and complex medical needs. She is currently an occupational therapist and feeding specialist in the early intervention program for The Resource Exchange. Previously she provided pediatric outpatient feeding and rehabilitation services through Memorial Hospital, Toomey & Associates Inc., and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Educating and empowering parents to be students of their children is her passion.
Deborah Lagerborg, CCC-SLP received her Masters 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.
"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
"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
"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
"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
This course meets the criteria for 30 contact hours (3.0 CEUs).
Application has been made to the IL EI Training Program. Dietitians will receive 30 hrs.
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 30 contact hours – Intermediate. Level Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Approved Provider for FL Occupational Therapy Association CE Broker for 30 CE Hours
NBCOT Professional Development for 30 PDUs.
This course is offered for up to 3.0 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area). This program has been submitted for approval of 30 clock hours of continuing education credit by the TX Speech Language-Hearing-Association (TSHA). TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures
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