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After completing the Basic Course, many professionals want to expand their knowledge of the use of the SOS Approach to Feeding to special populations. While you have the knowledge needed to implement the SOS Program with the children on your caseload, some find that additional information on special topics helps them better use the program with individuals with more complex feeding difficulties. To help in getting all the right knowledge and resources you need to implement the SOS Approach to Feeding in a way that makes the greatest impact for your patients, we have created a number of self-paced online workshops that cover these more specialized areas.

All New Advanced Workshops for 2019!

Over the past year, Dr. Toomey and the SOS Team completely revised and updated all the Advanced Workshops to provide you with the latest techniques and strategies for applying the SOS Approach to Feeding program with Special Populations. The updated Advanced Workshops will be available for online viewing in October.

SOS Advanced Workshop Topics:

Children with Gastroesophageal Reflux 

Feeding the 6-16 Month Old Child

Feeding the Child on the Autism Spectrum

Food Scientist Model:  SOS Approach to Feeding Adaptation for the School Aged Child

Food Tolerance Decision Making

Helping Children Achieve and Maintain the Just Right Arousal Space for Learning

Helping Children Transition Off Supplemental Tube Feedings

Lunchables to Lunch and Variety to Volume

Parents as Partners: Helping the “Challenging” Family

Setting Up A Feeding Clinic As A Business

Tools in Your Pantry:  Effectively Using the New Oral-Motor Steps to Eating  

Working with Children with Severe Developmental Impairments

Completion of the Level 2 Advanced: SOS Advanced Workshops

SOS Advanced Workshop Descriptions

** All Advanced Workshops require registrants to complete the SOS Basic Conference and provide a Certificate of Attendance from the Basic Course.

Children with Gastroesophageal Reflux

This Advanced Workshop provides additional education on the factors of gastroesophageal reflux that negatively impact a child’s feeding.  Definitions for Gastroesophageal Reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, as well as information regarding diagnosis and treatment from a medical standpoint are reviewed.  Scheduling, positioning and other feeding strategies are provided to mitigate the challenges which Reflux creates for a child who suffers from this problem.
Presented by: Dr. Erin Ross: Internationally recognized Infant Feeding Specialist, Speech Pathologist and  creator of SOFFI®, Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants in the NICU. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Feeding the 6-16 Month Old Child

This Advanced Workshop provides a “downward” adaptation of the Basic SOS program for the young infant and toddler beginning solid foods at 5-6 months (baby foods, finger foods, table foods) through the transition off the bottle/breast and onto a full table foods diet at about 16-18 months of age. The workshop breaks this time period into 5 time periods and provides recommendations on how to feed a child at each of these stages.  The workshop is organized around the differences in feeding schedules, feeding techniques, positioning, types of foods offered and the role of developmental transitions in feeding at each age.
Presented by: Dr. Erin Ross: Internationally recognized Infant Feeding Specialist, Speech Pathologist and  creator of SOFFI®, Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants in the NICU. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Feeding the Child on the Autism Spectrum

This Advanced Workshop outlines why children on the Autism Spectrum struggle so much more than other children with eating and feeding.  Challenges that are unique to children on the Autism Spectrum as identified by research are presented within each of the 7 areas of Human Functioning (the “iceberg”) discussed in the Basic SOS course.  Next, General Treatment Strategies that are recommended for all children on the Autism Spectrum will be discussed.  The last section of the course is dedicated to outlining how to make a “downward” adaptation of the Basic SOS program for the child on the severe end of the Autism Spectrum.
Presented by: Dr. Kay Toomey: Pediatric Psychologist, President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., and developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding program & Bethany Kortsha, MA, OTR: Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Food Scientist Model:  SOS Approach to Feeding Adaptation for the School Aged Child

This Advanced Workshop presents an “upward” adaptation of the Basic SOS program for the child aged 6 years and older.  The first half of this course will describe how children in Concrete Operations are different and what changes to the Basic SOS program need to be made with regard to session structure, the Key Phrases, Food Hierarchies and Hierarchy Strategies.   The 3 levels of Food Science will be outlined, along with video demonstrating the differences in how to teach skills to the children at each of the 3 levels.  The second half of the course will present in detail, the lessons that are taught to the children and parents as a part of each Food Science session.
Presented by:
Dr. Kay Toomey: Pediatric Psychologist, President of Toomey & Associates, Inc. and the developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Food Tolerance Decision Making

Over the years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of children suffering from food intolerances, food sensitivities and food allergies.  This Advanced Workshop will explain the differences between these different types of food problems and how they impact a child’s eating.  An overview of the assessment techniques typically used by the medical field will be given, along with appropriate ways that a Feeding Therapist can support the medical team through the process of identifying foods that may be problematic for a child.  Strategies that an SOS Feeding Therapist could use during feeding treatment to help these children will be outlined.
Presented by: Dr. Kay Toomey: Pediatric Psychologist, President of Toomey & Associates, Inc. and the developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Helping Children Achieve and Maintain the Just Right Arousal Space for Learning

This Advanced Workshop helps attendees expand their understanding of Sensory Processing Disorders, the relationship between arousal, regulation and feeding skills, and how to best implement Sensory based strategies to facilitate successful SOS Feeding Therapy sessions. The workshop begins with a more detailed discussion of how Sensory Processing Disorders directly impact a child’s feeding behaviors.  The workshop then focuses on practical sensory-based strategies for improving SOS Feeding Therapy Sessions including: 1. Sensory Preparation – helping children get into the “Just Right” arousal space for learning; 2. Environmental Set-up – intentionally adjusting the therapeutic environment to the child’s individual Sensory Motor Profile to maintain the “Just Right” arousal space throughout the session;  3. Strategies for engaging with the foods and with the child to maintain the “Just Right” arousal space for learning throughout the session; and 4.  Managing Common “Problem Behaviors” during mealtimes through the use of Sensory-Motor and Relationship-Based interventions.
Presented by Bethany Kortsha, MA, OTR: Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Helping Children Transition Off Supplemental Tube Feedings

This Advanced Workshop outlines what is needed to help a child transition off supplemental tube feedings from the time the tube is placed. For children who come to the therapist with existing supplemental tube feedings, strategies are given to help eliminate the need for the tube. Three methods are given for weaning the child from the tube once all of the other components discussed above are in place. The need for working directly with a Registered Dietitian is emphasized.
Presented by: Dr. Kay Toomey: Pediatric Psychologist, President of Toomey & Associates, Inc. and the developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Lunchables to Lunch and Variety to Volume

This Advanced Workshop helps attendees continue to refine their abilities with regard to creating Food Hierarchies which improve children’s skills with eating “real meals” that include mixed textures.  This workshop will also focus on SOS Approach to Feeding strategies for helping children who have developed good eating skills, but still continue to struggle with taking in adequate volumes to meet their daily calorie goals.
Presented by: Dr. Erin Ross: Internationally recognized Infant Feeding Specialist, Speech Pathologist and  creator of SOFFI®, Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants in the NICU. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Parents as Partners: Helping the “Challenging” Family

This Advanced Workshop is designed to help Feeding Therapists better understand what makes working with families of children with feeding difficulties so much more challenging than many other types of disorders.  The experiences of being a parent of a child who does not eat will be discussed along with what a Feeding Therapist can do to be helpful to parents going through this process.  In addition, participants in this workshop will be asked to take a Self-Test to look at what their own strengths and weaknesses are when working with these types of families, and what types of biases we may be bringing to the table.  Strategies for helping ourselves be better therapists will be given, along with how to teach each of the Parent Lessons that are a part of the SOS Approach to Feeding program.
Presented by: Dr. Kay Toomey: Pediatric Psychologist, President of Toomey & Associates, Inc. and the developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Setting Up A Feeding Clinic As A Business

This Advanced Workshop outlines the requirements for establishing a successful Feeding Clinic from business/operations perspective.  The Workshop lists critical equipment and space requirements for a functional Feeding Practice, reviews protocols for effectiveness and efficiency, as well as discussing logistics around getting reimbursed for the therapy provided and fiscal viability.
Presented by: Dr. Kay Toomey: Developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding program, President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., and the Clinical Director of SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from a 3-4 day training.

Tools in Your Pantry:  Effectively Using the New Oral-Motor Steps to Eating

This Advanced Workshop helps attendees refine their ability to create Food Hierarchies which better meet the sensory and oral-motor skill development needs of children with pediatric feeding disorders.  Additional strategies for “using food as the tool” in feeding therapy will also be discussed.  The new Oral-motor Steps to Eating hierarchy will be presented.  Dr. Toomey, Dr. Ross and other Speech Pathologists at SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR spent over a year in discussion to expand the Tasting and Eating steps from the Basic SOS course.  The new Oral-Motor Steps to Eating Hierarchy breaks down the original tasting and eating steps into smaller steps, to help children with significant oral-motor issues acquire the skills to eat a wide variety of age appropriate foods.
Presented by: Dr. Erin Ross: Internationally recognized Infant Feeding Specialist, Speech Pathologist and  creator of SOFFI®, Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants in the NICU. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

Working with Children with Severe Developmental Impairments

This Advanced Workshop begins with outlining the similar challenges that children with severe developmental impairments have with learning to eat and general strategies to consider when working with any of these children and their families.  Next, 4 types of impairments will each be discussed and how to use the SOS Approach to Feeding techniques to help these children improve their feeding and eating skills.  Strategies for children with severe cognitive impairments, significant motor problems, visual impairments and swallowing challenges will be outlined.
Presented by: Dr. Kay Toomey: Pediatric Psychologist, President of Toomey & Associates, Inc. and the developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Prerequisite: Requires attendee to have completed the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training program and provide Certificate of Attendance from the 3-4 day training.

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