When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders

Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding
  Date:
October 19-22, 2017
  Time:
Days 1-3: 8am–5pm
Day 4: 8am–3:15pm
  Fees:
$675 before August 1, 2017
$725 after August 1, 2017

**PLEASE NOTE – participants are expected to attend all of the conference from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Days 1-3), and 8:00 am – 3:15 pm (Day 4). Participants who arrive late or leave early on any day will need to have their attendance certificates adjusted for the time that they miss. Please inform the conference attendees to make travel arrangements to leave after 3:15 pm on Day 4. The 3.75 day Basic Conference is designed for babies, toddlers and small children. Other ages and special populations are covered in the Advanced Workshops.

Description

The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding workshop 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.

The 3.75 day Basic Conference is designed for babies, toddlers and small children. Other ages and special populations are covered in the Advanced Workshops.

Objectives

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Identify oral, sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional developmental milestones key to feeding.

34

Recognize and describe the major reasons why children won’t eat, as based on learning theory principles.

34

Identify physical, behavioral, motor, oral-motor, and sensory factors as a part of a Feeding Assessment.

34

Apply behavioral and social learning principles, and systematic desensitization to feeding problems.

34

Create and implement a S.O.S feeding program for babies, toddlers and young children, in group and individual treatment formats.

Course Presenters

Dr. Kay 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 is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., as well as the Clinical Director of SOS Feeding Solutions @ STAR (Sensory Therapy and Research Center with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller).

Dr. Erin Sundseth 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 now is a Clinical Instructor, in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Ross has over 20 years of experience working in the NICU within several HealthONE hospitals, and at the SOS Feeding Solutions clinic in Denver, Colorado. She has specialized clinically in the development of feeding skills, and the etiology and treatment of feeding and growth problems in infants and very young children. She is also the creator of the SOFFI © Method, a feeding approach for infants in the NICU.

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 the Assistant Clinical Director of S.O.S. Feeding Solutions at STAR Center with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. Prior to her work at STAR, 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 SPD Foundations Intensive Mentorship Program and is a certified DIR Floortime Provider.

Kelly Fitzpatrick, MA, CCC-SLP received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Memphis. She currently works as the Assistant Clinical Director of S.O.S. Feeding Solutions at STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research Center with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller). She specializes in feeding difficulties in children 0-5 years old and those who are G-tube dependent. Prior to joining the STAR Center, Kelly practiced in a pediatric outpatient hospital setting using the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding.  Kelly has additionally completed the SPD Foundations 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 S.O.S. Feeding Solutions at STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research Center 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 the STAR Center, Lindsay worked as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a Pediatric Psychiatric hospital specializing in children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders, SPD, emotional/behavioral disorders and feeding problems. Additionally, Lindsay has completed the SPD Foundations Level 1 and Level 2 Intensive Mentorship Programs and is a certified DIR Floortime Provider.

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