Many children who experience feeding difficulties struggle to develop the oral motor skills necessary to eat and enjoy a variety of different foods. This course will explore how feeding therapists can coach parents to help children develop oral motor skills in the context of everyday eating opportunities. The workshop, based on the principles of responsive feeding, will provide a brief overview of the developmental acquisition of oral motor skills and explore how practitioners can help parents to 1. Read their child’s cues 2. Identify permission and 3. Sensitively engage their child in activities that support oral motor skill development. There will be an emphasis on helping therapists use parent coaching techniques so that parents can be the ones to support their child’s development in the context of everyday eating routines.
Course created on January 14, 2021
Course Type: Video
CEUs/Hours Offered: AOTA/0.1 Intermediate, OT Service Delivery, 01435; CE Broker/1.0 Home Study, General (FL), Patient Related (AL), General Continuing Education (GA), Direct Client/patient Services In Occupational Therapy (SC), CE Broker #20-809548; IACET/0.1; NBCOT PDUs/1.25 Intermediate, Pediatrics
- After this course, participants will be able to identify the principles that contribute to a responsive feeding approach and apply these concepts in the context of a therapeutic intervention.
- After this course, participants will be able to identify how therapists can help parents read and respond to their child’s nonverbal cues to support trust and respectful feeding intervention.
- After this course, participants will be able to list at least 3 techniques that might be used to actively coach parents as they support their children to develop oral motor skills.
- After this course, participants will be able to list at least 3 interventions to help children develop the following skills: a. Active use of lips for spoon feeding and cup drinking, b. Moving a bolus in the mouth, c. Biting foods, d. Chewing foods, e. Open cup drinking, f. Straw drinking.
|5-10 Minutes||Introduction to typical feeding development and principles of responsive feeding|
|10-15 Minutes||Sequential progression of jaw, lip, and tongue movement in infancy|
|15-20 Minutes||Lip function during spoon feeding and cup drinking|
|20-35 Minutes||Encouraging development of more mature chewing patterns|
|35-45 Minutes||Helping children improve coordination with and control of a bolus|
|45-60 Minutes||Introduction of straw drinking and open cups and straws; Summary and Q & A|
Karen Dilfer is an occupational therapist, feeding specialist, and food enthusiast. She has a strong pediatric background and loves to help children with motor, sensory, and mealtime challenges. Karen works in private practice and also teaches the Get Permission Approach to Mealtimes © with Marsha Dunn Klein, a leading expert in the field of pediatric feeding. A Chicago native, Karen enjoys discovering new restaurants and cooking with friends and family. She is a founding member of the Chicago Feeding Group, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support parents and professionals who work with children who struggle to eat.
MA CCC-SLP, CLC
Stephanie Cohen is a speech-language pathologist and lactation counselor in private practice who has worked with children with complex medical needs and their families for more than 17 years. Stephanie has advanced training in feeding and swallowing disorders; she specializes in working with the 0-3 population and is passionate about helping families of children with feeding and swallowing disorders find ways to make mealtimes more successful and enjoyable. Stephanie has a bachelor of arts and a master of science degree from Northwestern University. She is a credentialed evaluator and provider in IL Early Intervention. Stephanie speaks about a variety of topics, including typical and atypical feeding development, responsive feeding, and trauma-informed feeding assessment and treatment. She enjoys mentoring, collaborating, and teaching. Stephanie lives in Northbrook with her husband and three children.
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