Many children who experience feeding difficulties struggle to develop the sensory comfort necessary to eat and enjoy a variety of different foods. This course will explore how to help parents help their children develop sensory comfort and prepare them to participate in everyday eating opportunities. The workshop, based on the principles of responsive feeding, will provide a brief overview of a child’s sensory system as it relates to feeding. The instructors will explore how practitioners can help parents to 1.Read their child’s cues, 2. Identify permission, and 3. Engage a child in daily activities to build a child’s sensory comfort and participation. There will be an emphasis on helping therapists use parent coaching techniques so that parents are the ones to support their child’s development in the context of everyday eating routines.
Course created on January 5, 2021
Course Type: Video
CEUs/Hours Offered: AOTA/0.1 Intermediate, OT Service Delivery, 01412; 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 #20-766157; IACET/0.1; NBCOT PDUs/1.25 Intermediate, Pediatrics
- After this course, participants will be able to identify the principles that are central to a responsive feeding approach and apply these concepts to therapeutic intervention.
- After this course, participants will be able to identify how therapists can help parents to read their child’s nonverbal cues to promote comfortable and respectful feeding intervention.
- After this course, participants will be able to identify oral motor skill development in children transitioning from purees to foods with greater texture.
- After this course, participants will be able to list at least 3 techniques to actively coach parents as they support their children in developing oral awareness.
- After this course, participants will be able to list at least 3 interventions to help children 1)participate in early tactile experiences that support comfort with varied sensory experiences around the face and mouth, 2) transition from eating smooth purees to eating purees with texture, 3) maintain comfort when trying new foods with different textures, and 4)learn to avoid placing too much food in their mouths during mealtimes.
|5-10 Minutes||Introduction to typical feeding development and principles of responsive feeding|
|10-15 Minutes||Introduction to sensory processing in infants|
|15-25 Minutes||Discussion of pre-feeding skills with an emphasis on tactile and oral-sensory exploration|
|25-40 Minutes||Food textures and texture transitions; concepts and therapeutic activities|
|40-50 Minutes||Self feeding and bolus size; therapeutic activities to support skill development|
|50-60 Minutes||How to support a child who has difficulty accepting new foods; 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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