- Participant will be able to identify 7 key areas to evaluate during a Feeding assessment using the SOS Approach To Feeding Program
- Participants will list 4 action steps needed to implement the SOS Approach To Feeding program successfully into their workplace setting.
- Participants will list the 8 basic requirements for building a Food Hierarchy
- Participants will recognize common Sensory Communications during mealtimes and identify ways to modify the food in response to these communications to facilitate skill development.
- Participants will be able to describe and identify different oral motor skills with foods and develop a therapeutic activity plan for building oral motor skills with a variety of different food types and textures.
- Participants will be able to describe the role of language, engagement, conditioning cue complexes, and play in building feeding skills through therapeutic activities.
- Sessions 1-6: Lecture and Video Case Presentations by SOS Professors, along with Group Activities to further facilitate the course participant’s implementation of the SOS Program in their own unique setting:
- Assessing Feeding Skills within Different Types of Clinical Practices
- How to Apply the SOS Program within the Settings I Work In
- Creating Effective Food Hierarchies within Different Types of Clinical Practices
- Building Sensory Skill through Food Hierarchies and Play
- Building Oral Motor Skill through Food Hierarchies and Play
- How to “Play with a Purpose” to Build Better Feeding Skills
- Sessions 7-12: Review of Case Presentations by SOS Professors and course participants and a Clinical Reasoning Discussion with the SOS Professors, providing feedback and strategies to enhance each course participant’s SOS Feeding Therapy skills.
CLASS DAY AND TIME: Thursdays: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Central, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Mountain, 9:00 am – 10:30 am Pacific
CLASS LENGTH: 1.50 hours
1. January 9
2. January 16
3. January 23
4. January 30
5. February 6
6. February 13
7. February 20
February 27 – No Class
8. March 5
9. March 12
10. March 19
11. March 26
12. April 2
- SOS Mentorship – Standard: $650.00 for 1.25 hour class
- SOS Mentorship – Extended: $720.00 for 1.5 hour class
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 15 days prior to the first session. Registrations may be substituted for another attendee. Toomey & Associates, Inc. must be notified of substitutions at least 24 hours in writing (email acceptable) before the start of the event otherwise the substitution cannot be honored. Registrations cancelled due to a family emergency or illness will be deferred to a future SOS Mentorship session.
Cancellation of the Event by Toomey & Associates, Inc.
Please be aware that Toomey & Associates, Inc. will present the SOS Mentorship program 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 Mentorship 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
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).
Bethany CF Kortsha, MA, OTR/L received her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from The College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She completed her Master’s thesis on Autism and feeding challenges using the SOS Approach to Feeding. Bethany currently works as a Pediatric Feeding Specialist at S.O.S. Feeding Solutions at STAR Center (Sensory Therapies and Research Center with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller). She also is the Director of Clinical Mentorship for Toomey & Associates, Inc. Prior to joining STAR Center and Toomey & Associates, Inc., Bethany worked as a member on a multidisciplinary team in a day treatment clinic for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, SPD, emotional/behavioral disorders, and feeding problems. Additionally, Bethany has completed the SPD Foundations Intensive Mentorship Program and is a certified DIR Floortime Provider.
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.
Other Toomey & Associates, Inc. Speakers
Dr. Erin Sundseth Ross is a Speech Pathologist with a Doctoral degree in Clinical Sciences – Health Services Research. She completed a two-year post-doctoral training in the Section of Nutrition and is a Clinical Instructor in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Ross has over 25 years of experience working in the NICU within several HealthONE hospitals, and with children when she was at the SOS Feeding Solutions clinic in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Ross is the creator of the SOFFI MethodSM, a feeding program for use in the NICU. She has specialized in the development of feeding skills, and the etiology and treatment of feeding and growth problems in infants and very young children from initial hospitalization through the first 5 years of life.
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.
Amanda Foster, MS CCC-SLP, received her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital IHP. For over 15 years, Mrs. Foster has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses in school, clinic, hospital, and early intervention settings. She began her feeding career in 2005 at Toomey & Associates, Inc. and then moved to the STAR Center with Dr. Toomey. In 2010, Mrs. Foster started a private practice specializing in providing feeding support for families in their homes and in community settings. Currently, she is the Lead Speech and Feeding Therapist at a multi-disciplinary pediatric clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to presenting The SOS Approach to Feeding with Toomey & Associates, Inc. Mrs. Foster has lectured on swallowing disorders at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. She also regularly presents on speech and feeding disorders at parent, teacher, and professional seminars.
Statement of Financial/Non-Financial Relationships for Toomey & Associates, Inc. Speakers
Dr. Kay A. Toomey – Financial: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).
Dr. Erin S. Ross – Financial: Paid Consultant for Nestec, a division of Nestle (Gerber Child Advocate/Developmental Panel member); Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc.;Intellectual Property Owner, SOFFI MethodSM; Non-Financial: PFD Alliance Leadership with Feeding Matters – PFD Alliance Advocacy Chair (unpaid).
Bethany Kortsha – Financial:Paid Speaker and receives for Toomey & Associates, Inc.; Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Kelly Fitzpatrick – Financial: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc., Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Lindsay Beckerman – Financial: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc.; Non-Financial: Unpaid Board Member for Charlotte’s Day.
Deborah Lagerborg – Financial: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc., Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Amanda Foster – Financial: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc., Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Attendance & Policies
In order to achieve the intended Learning Outcomes and to satisfy the completion requirements for the SOS Approach to Feeding conference and Continuing Education Units, all attendees are expected to attend each 1.5 hour session for the 12-week course duration. Attendees will miss crucial guidance needed for SOS Mentorship if they come late or leave the course early. Continuing Education Units and Certificates of Attendance may be impacted for Attendees that miss a session, are late or leave early.
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.
This course is offered for 1.8 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate 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, Inc. is an AOTA Course Approved Provider of Continuing Education. AOTA continuing education credit awarded: AOTA CEUs or Contact Hours. AOTA Classification Codes – Category 2: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS: 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.
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.