The Warren Center Presents:
Feeding Therapy : It’s Not Just About Swallowing
Jan 12th & 13th, 2018 at The Warren Center
320 Custer Rd., Richardson, TX.
8:30A.M.-4:30P.M. (Sign in at 8:00 A.M.)
Receive 1.3 CEU’s — (13 TOTA or TSHA hours)
Early Bird Registration (by December 12, 2017)
Group of 2-4 $250/person
Group of 5 or more $240/person
After Dec. 12th
Group of 2-4 $270/person
Group of 5 or more $255/person
This unique 2-day course benefits pediatric speech language pathologists and occupational therapists interested in the bigger picture pertaining to pediatric feeding disorders. Therapists want strategies to implement right away with their clients. Why do children have trouble eating? How are physiology, motor skills and behavior linked and how do the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strengthen that connection? How do family dynamics and parenting styles influence progress? Why is it that a child eats well in the clinic setting but cannot generalize those skills to the home and school? This course answers those questions, provides practical strategies to implement with a variety of clients, and focuses on setting children up for success for meeting functional objectives while utilizing the premise of ABA. Participants learn how to problem solve common roadblocks in eating and then continue to build progress by following a hierarchy of steps to success. Most importantly, this course emphasizes the importance of keeping the fun in feeding while developing consistent positive behaviors at mealtimes so that everyone in the family can enjoy their time together around the family table!
Upon completing the 2-day seminar, participants will be able to:
✓ Discuss how protective behaviors develop when GI discomfort, sensory processing challenges, delayed gross and/or fine motor skills impact a child’s willingness to eat.
✓ Apply the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to the treatment of pediatric feeding clients .
✓ List 5 strategies for improving tongue mobility and developing mature swallowing patterns in children.
✓ Describe how to teach the following skills to toddlers and older: biting, chewing, swallowing independently, straw and open cup drinking
✓ Implement a hierarchical method of problem solving to meet functional outcomes.
✓ Understand how to problem solve new challenges with future clients by systematically breaking the task into smaller steps and teaching one step at a time.
About the Instructor
Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP keeps the fun in feeding therapy! Using strategies developed during more than 12 years of running a private practice that focuses on treating pediatric feeding disorders in the home and school, Melanie utilizes the premise of applied behavior analysis to teach therapists and parents how to build progress while creating joyful mealtimes that are essential to nurturing the entire family. Mel’s experience includes working with infants in the NICU, working in a pediatric rehabilitation center and visiting homes and schools to support independent, healthy eating. Mel’s caseload includes children with significant medical issues, those transitioning from g-tube feeding to oral feeds and garden-variety picky eaters. Melanie is the author of Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guidebook to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating. She is the author of Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child the Joy of Food! and the executive producer of Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs that Celebrate the Joy of Food! Her expertise has been shared in Parent’s Magazine, the ASHA Leader, Autism Asperger’s Digest, Colorado Parent, Healthcentral.com, Pediatric Web, and many other health, nutrition and special needs resources.
TO REGISTER: Email Pam Ruatta, Director of Programs : Pam.Ruatta@thewarrencenter.org