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Event Date & Time

January 23, 2023 @ 6:00pm


April 10, 2023 @ 7:30pm

The SOS Certification Program is designed as the highest level of training in the SOS Approach to Feeding program.  During this 12-week, online course, professionals currently providing SOS Feeding Therapy will refine their clinical skills to become an Expert in the SOS Approach to Feeding program.   Upon completion of the 12 week course, successful students will qualify as a Certified SOS Feeding Therapist.

Each SOS Certification Course will consist of 6-8 participants working together and in individual consultation with the SOS Professors to improve each student’s assessment skills, observation and understanding of children’s communication (verbal and non-verbal), clinical reasoning and planning abilities, parent education strategies, and SOS feeding therapy skills to maximize the participants’ effectiveness in utilizing the SOS Approach to Feeding Program.

Students will be asked to select a current Feeding Therapy Client to serve as an ongoing case study throughout the Certification course.  Case study presentations, written homework on Food Hierarchies and Play Plans, and observation of two videotaped clinical sessions will be used to document the progress of each student towards SOS expertise.  A written final examination will verify the highest level of understanding of SOS principles and techniques.   Participants will learn from one another’s videotaped sessions and class discussions with feedback provided by the SOS Professors and the other students.  The SOS Professors will also provide each participant with individualized mentoring via written and in-person discussion to elevate each student’s clinical skills to qualify as an SOS Certified Feeding Therapist.

Prerequisite Requirements:  

  1. Completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Course by completing one of the following:
    1. Completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Course (4 Day Course).
    2. OR completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Course prior to 2015 (3 Day course) PLUS the Advanced SOS Workshop “Tools In Your Pantry: Effectively Using the New Oral Motor Steps”.
  2. Completion of either
    1. The SOS Mentorship Course
    2. OR the Video Submission of a full Feeding Therapy Session to be reviewed for clinical competency by SOS Approach To Feeding Certification Professors.  Please note, it is at the SOS Professors discretion as to to whether submission of a Feeding Therapy Session video meets the prerequisite requirement for this requirement.
  3. Completion of the Advanced SOS Workshop: Parents as Partners: Helping the “Challenging” Family within the last 8 years.

Intended Audience
Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Special Education Teachers, Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Early Intervention Specialists, Nurses, Physicians, and Mental Health Workers.

This is an advanced course and is not open for parents and/or caregivers.

Course Level
The SOS Certification course is an Advanced level course: Information is geared to practitioners with an advanced working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter.

Content Disclosure
The course content is focused on the SOS Approach to Feeding and there will be limited or no information provided about similar products or services.


  1. Explain and utilize the Five Tenants of the SOS Approach to Feeding program
  2. Employ knowledge of typical feeding development and milestones to create an accurate Feeding Assessment (including current status on the Steps to Eating and Developmental Food Continuum).
  3. Plan activities and an environment that will help their client achieve and maintain an optimal state of arousal for learning.
  4. Build Food Hierarchies which meet all requirements and support oral-motor and sensory skill acquisition.
  5. Design and implement Play Plans to facilitate clients moving up the Steps to Eating Hierarchy in a session utilizing principles of Systematic Desensitization.
  6. Accurately utilize Key Phrases, Sensory Based Problem Solving and Emotion Based Discipline during feeding therapy sessions to manage any problems which occur.
  7. Create a Partnership with their client’s caregivers that includes Parent Education and problem solving implementation of the SOS program in the Family Home.

Session Outlines/Agenda

Certification Program – Course Details and Outline – January 2023


Mondays at:

  • 8:00 pm – Eastern Standard Time
  • 7:00 pm – Central Standard Time
  • 6:00 pm – Mountain Standard Time
  • 5:00 pm – Pacific Standard Time

CLASS LENGTH: 1.5 hours

** View Required Prerequisites for SOS Certification

  1. January 23
  2. January 30
  3. February 6
  4. February 13
  5. February 20
  6. February 27
  7. March 6
  8. March 13
  9. March 20
  10. March 27
  11. April 3
  12. April 10


Registration Fees

  • SOS Certification – $1250 (two payments of $625.00:  Payment One – due upon registration, Payment Two – invoiced/due on week 7)

Cancellation of Registration by Registrant – Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to [email protected] no later than 30 days prior to the first session to receive a refund minus a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the first session.

Cancellation of the Event by Toomey & Associates, Inc.

Please be aware that Toomey & Associates, Inc. will present the SOS Certification Course despite one SOS Professor being ill. One SOS Professor can present in an emergency situation.  If an SOS Professors are unavailable, a substitute SOS Professor will teach.  If all SOS Professors are ill and no substitute are available, this would then constitute an SOS Professor cancellation by Toomey & Associates, Inc. of a single SOS Certification session.

In the case of the above session cancellation, a make-up session will be arranged between the Registrants/Attendees and the SOS Professors.


SOS Mentorship Professors – SOS Professor to be determined from one or two of the following:

Deborah Lagerborg, CCC-SLP received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. During her graduate studies, she focused on feeding disorders and dysphagia in infants and children. Deborah currently works as a Pediatric Feeding Specialist and Speech Pathologist for Developmental Disabilities Resource Center. Prior to this position, Deborah worked at a Pediatric Feeding Specialist at SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Institute. Deborah began her career in a pediatric outpatient hospital setting, working primarily with infants and children with feeding disorders. She also spent time working in the NICU as part of a multidisciplinary team, supporting premature infant development and early feeding experiences. Deborah’s passion is to work with the families, empowering parents to support their own child’s development and success.

Susan Kniffen, MS, OTR/L received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University (VA). She spent the first two years of her career working with adults in acute care and rehabilitation settings before transferring to working in pediatric settings in 2005. Since 2006, she has been a feeding specialist in addition to working with children who have orthopedic, neurological, and complex medical needs. She is currently an occupational therapist and feeding specialist in the early intervention program for The Resource Exchange. Previously she provided pediatric outpatient feeding and rehabilitation services through Memorial Hospital, Toomey & Associates Inc., and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Educating and empowering parents to be students of their children is her passion.


Other Toomey & Associates, Inc. Speakers

Dr. Kay Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 30 years. She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with Feeding Problems. Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach. She also acts as a consultant to Gerber Products. Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children’s Hospital – Denver’s Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center’s Pediatric Feeding Center. Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., as well as the Clinical Director of SOS Feeding Solutions @ STAR (Sensory Therapy and Research Center with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller).

Kelly Fitzpatrick, CCC-SLP received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Memphis. She currently works as a Pediatric Specialist and Speech Pathologist for Rocky Mountain Human Services. She specializes in feeding difficulties in children 0-5 years old and those who are G-tube dependent. Prior to her position with RMHS, Kelly acted as the Assistant Clinical Director of SOS Feeding Solutions at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. Kelly began her career in a pediatric outpatient hospital setting using the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Kelly has also completed the STAR Institute’s Intensive Mentorship Program and is a certified DIR Floortime Provider.

Lindsay Beckerman, MOT, OTR/L – received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Ohio State University. She currently works in a private practice with children, teens, and adults with feeding challenges in their home and community as well as Developmental FX, a non-profit clinic supporting children with a wide variety of developmental needs. Prior to this, she worked as a Pediatric Feeding Specialist at SOS Feeding Solutions at the STAR Institute with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. She specializes in feeding difficulties in atypical learners, including children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and multisensory processing difficulties. Lindsay has also worked as a member of a multidisciplinary team with Autism Spectrum Disorders, SPD, emotional/behavioral disorders and feeding problems. Lindsay has completed the STAR Institute’s Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Intensive Mentorship Programs and is a certified DIR Floortime Provider. Lindsay also serves as a board member for Charlotte’s Day, a non-profit group that helps to provide posturally supportive chairs to children in feeding therapy.

Statement of Financial/Non-Financial Relationships for Toomey & Associates, Inc. Speakers

Dr. Kay A. ToomeyFinancial:Paid Consultant for Nestec, a division of Nestle (Gerber Child Advocate/Developmental Panel member);Owner Toomey & Associates, Inc. and the SOS Approach to Feeding program; Non-Financial: Founding Medical Professional Council Member with Feeding Matters – PFD Alliance Committee Member (unpaid).

Kelly FitzpatrickFinancial: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc., Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Lindsay BeckermanFinancial: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc.; Non-Financial: Unpaid Board Member for Charlotte’s Day.

Susan KniffenFinancial: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc., Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Deborah LagerborgFinancial: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc., Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Attendance & Policies

The SOS Approach to Feeding Certification Course is a participatory program in which each student is expected to engage with the SOS Professors and other students through class discussions, videotaped sessions, written work and a test.  Participants are expected to comply with each point below in this Policy in order to meet all of the Course requirements to pass Certification and to receive a Certificate of Attendance and Continuing Education Hours (if applicable).

Registration Requirements

Due to the level of class participation required for this Course, it is important that students are taking this class during the day when they are awake and alert. By signing up for this course and signing this agreement, you are testifying that you are not taking this course during the hours of 12am – 5am in your time zone.

If English is not the participant’s native language, fluency in the English language is required for registration.  You will need to be able to participate in class discussions in English, to submit homework assignments in English, to provide a script in English of Videotape assignments (or closed captioning), and to take a final examination in English.

Course Requirements

To meet the goals of the Certification program and to receive full credit to pass this Course, participants are expected to:

  • Attend every scheduled class session
  • Be on time to each class and remain for the full duration of each class period
  • Actively engage in class discussions about their own clinical work and that of other students
  • Complete all written homework assignments by the deadline for that project
  • Videotape themselves providing SOS Therapy and edit their session videos for SOS Professor review based on the homework assigned
  • Pass a final examination at the end of the Course.


Tardiness, Leaving Class Early and/or Missing a Class:  Attendance and tardiness will be noted by the SOS professor on the class roster each week. Students are expected to notify the lead SOS Professor for that Certification class by email as soon as they are aware of a possible attendance issue.  Ideally, students will be able to notify their SOS Professors PRIOR to any tardiness/attendance issue.

  • Students who are more than 15 minutes late to a class and/or those who miss a full class will be required to watch the recording of that class and to submit both reflective notes and questions to their designated SOS Professor prior to the next scheduled Certification class.
  • Students who are tardy or leave early more than twice will meet with their SOS Professor to create a written plan for on-time participation. Students who are unable to comply with their plan will be asked to withdraw from the Course with no refunds provided.


There is a maximum of one missed Certification classes allowed. Students who miss one classes will meet with their SOS Professor to discuss whether the student will be remaining in the Course, withdrawing from the Course completely, or if the student will be transferring to a different Certification Course session.

  • Students who withdraw from the Certification Course after Class #1 will forfeit 50% of their registration fee.


Incomplete/missing Homework and/or lack of Student participation:

Students who do not correctly complete a Homework assignment or who do not contribute to Class discussions more than twice will meet with their designated SOS Professor to create a written plan for completion of Course requirements.  Students who are unable to comply with their plan will be asked to withdraw from the Course or to transfer to a different Mentorship session.

Complaint Policy & Procedures
Toomey & Associates, Inc. views complaints as an opportunity to learn and improve future programs and resources, as well as a chance to put things right for the person or organization that has made the complaint. Please read the full Complaint Policy and Resolution Procedures.

Continuing Education

This course is offered for 1.8 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level, Professional content area). This course will focus on the treatment SOS Approach to Feeding and will not discuss other similar or related treatments. Not available for partial credit.

** Note:  Upon full completion of the SOS Mentorship, participants must complete a course evaluation form.


Toomey & Associates is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID #11556. This live activity is offered at 1.5 CEUs, advanced level, Evaluation, Intervention and Activity and Occupational Demands. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

** Note:  Upon full completion of the SOS Mentorship, participants must complete a course evaluation form.


Other Associations

Please contact your association to inquire as to whether this course will meet the requirements for continuing education credits. Upon request, we are happy to provide any additional information for submission to your association.



ADA Requests

Toomey & Associates, Inc. complies with ADA provisions. If you require special accommodations or need assistance, please contact Toomey & Associates at least two weeks in advance of the conference at [email protected].


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