A Comprehensive Approach to Assessment and Intervention for Pediatric Sensory and Behavior Based Feeding Disorders

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Date: November 9-10, 2017

Lunch included in registration. 



Paige Howell, M.S. CCC-SL, is a Hanen-Certified Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in early childhood with an emphasis in feeding and high risk infant care.  She earned her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas- Callier Center in 2008. Much of her time is spent developing the mentoring program for feeding as well as meeting with referral and payor sources for outcome reporting.  

Meredith Wagnon, OTR, MOT is an occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics. She currently practices in the home health setting, providing skilled intervention to children with various disabilities. She also serves as a Team Manager and Feeding Mentor, assisting peer therapists in the development and implementation of feeding therapy for infants and children. Meredith has extensive training in the areas of sensory based feeding disorders, dysphagia, intensive sensory integration, fine and visual motor development, behavior modification and Autism. 


Course Description: This class will allow participants to understand the relationship between sensory and feeding for children of all ages. Upon completion, participants will have intermediate level skills for evaluation and development of treatment strategies for children with sensory-based feeding disorders, including strategies for caregivers to support and promote mealtime success. Participants will develop practical strategies for helping a child progress through the steps of food acceptance and in core diet expansion, as well as strategies for managing sensory and food related behaviors impacting mealtime participation. This course will provide an engaging learning environment through the use of small group discussions and case studies to aid participants in the development of clinical decision making skills. 

Registration begins at 8:00am

Day 1:

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-8:40 Course Overview

                -Introductions, Review of objectives and course schedule

8:40-9:40 Anatomy Overview

               -Phases of swallow, Typical Oral Motor Development

9:40-10:00 Typical feeding development

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Why kids won’t eat: Etiologies associated with feeding disorders

                -Medical Diagnoses, Neurological deficits, GI Complications, Tube fed children                 

11:15-12:00 Behavioral and sensory dynamics of mealtime

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:30 General Sensory overview

-Potential signs of dysfunction related to feeding

1:30-200 Types of Sensory Feeders

                -Picky, Resistant, Rigid

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:30 Comprehensive Assessment Techniques for Sensory Based Feeding Disorders

                -Red flags for sensory feeding concerns, Parent interview tool, Clinical Observations, Pre-Feeding Skills Checklist, Assessing environmental factors, Oral/Manual exam, Food Diaries and assessing sensory components of foods, Case study

Day 2:

8:00-8:30 Review of comprehensive assessment approach

                -Video case study, Analyzing a food diary

8:30-10:00 Progression Sensory Based Feeding Skills

-Sensory Based food exploration and interventions

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-12:00 Behavior modification and providing mealtime structure

                -Transition activities, Cueing strategies, Food presentation strategies, Establishing family mealtimes and schedules, Balancing preferred vs non preferred foods, Food jags

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:45 Oral sensory intervention strategies

                -Managing the gag reflex, Oral desenstization techniques

1:45-2:00 Break

2:00- 2:45 Developing positive caregiver-child mealtime interactions

                -Strategies to promote carryover in the home environment

2:45-3:15 What’s in my bag?

                -Examples of therapeutic materials utilized in sensory based feeding intervention, Sensory based feeding resources and continued learning

3:15-3:30 Questions, course evaluation

*$25 cancelation fee within 24 hours of conference*

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