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Event Date & Time

March 17, 2022 @ 7:30am

to

March 20, 2022 @ 3:00pm

Event Information & Registration

DETAILS & REGISTRATION

The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding workshop is a trans- disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

Intended Audience
Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Special Education Teachers, Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Early Intervention Specialists, Nurses, Physicians, and Mental Health Workers.  Note: Training conferences are created for professionals. If parents wish to attend the training workshop, they must be accompanied by their child’s feeding therapist.

Course Level
The SOS Approach to Feeding conference is an Intermediate level course: Information is geared to practitioners with a general 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.

Conference Tests and Evaluation Form Requirements
All Participants are required to take a multiple choice test each day of the conference to verify their understanding of the Conference materials. Upon full completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference, participants must also complete a course evaluation form in order to receive their certificate of attendance.

Objectives/Agenda

  1. List the seven areas of human function that need to be examined to provide a comprehensive Feeding Assessment.
  2. Identify at least five of the oral, sensory, motor, cognitive or emotional developmental milestones key to being able to eat well.
  3. List three reasons why children won’t eat, as based on learning theory principles.
  4. Differentiate classical and operant conditioning principles as applied to resolving feeding problems.
  5. Identify at least four of the necessary components of an SOS Approach to Feeding program for babies, toddlers and young children in either an individual or group therapy session.
  6. List all three requirements for building a Food Hierarchy.
  7. Identify at least one play based strategy for progressing a child up each of the 6 major Steps on the Steps to Eating Hierarchy.

** To ensure Learners successfully achieve the Learning Outcomes above and to satisfy the completion requirements for the SOS Approach to Feeding conference and continuing education credits, all attendees are expected to attend the course for the entire duration of each day (7:30am to 5pm, Days 1-3, 7:30am to 3:00pm on Day 4).  Additionally, all attendees are required to complete an quiz each day and an evaluation form on the last day in order to receive their certificate of attendance.

Agenda 2022 MAIN USA & Canada 4 Day

Pricing/Cancellations

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird Registration: $760 – Register by February 1st and receive $50 off standard registration.  Must enter promo code when registering: EBVAB32022
  • Standard Registration: $810

 

Group Discounts
Toomey & Associates offers a 15% discount off the regular registration fee for groups of 5 or more within the same organization. To receive the group discount, please send the names of all participants in your group to [email protected]

  • To ensure that the group discount applies correctly, please DO NOT have any of your group register prior to receiving the discount code.
  • Only one discount per registration.  Early Bird and Group discounts cannot be combined.
  • Please note: If paying by check, check must be received no later than February 1st in order to secure your registration. 

Cancellation of Registration by Registrant – Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to [email protected] no later than February 15, 2022 to receive a refund minus a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 15, 2022.  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 Approach to Feeding Conference hosted by Toomey & Associates, Inc.

Cancellation of the Event by Toomey & Associates, Inc.

Please be aware that Toomey & Associates, Inc. will present this conference despite one or even two Speakers being ill. One SPEAKER can present in an emergency situation, although it is certainly not ideal. If all three Speakers are ill, substitute SPEAKERS will be sent. If all 3 Speakers are ill and no substitute Speakers are available, this would then constitute a SPEAKER cancellation.

If the conference is cancelled by Toomey & Associates due to, but not limited to, the following:
• Speaker cancellation
• Limited enrollment
• Severe weather (snowstorm, flooding, etc.)
• Conference site issues (power outages, emergency situations)

Registrants will receive a full refund of their registration fee within 30 days of the originally scheduled conference by the method that the registrant used to pay for the registration. (If payment was received by credit/debit card, the refund will be refunded to the original credit/debit card used, if payment was received via a check, a refund will be provided by check.)  Costs incurred for nonrefundable travel arrangements or other related individual expenses will not be refunded by Toomey & Associates, Inc.

Speakers/Disclosures

Virginia Beach Speakers:  Dr. Kay Toomey, Lindsay Beckerman, Kelly Fitzpatrick

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. 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).

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.

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.


Other Toomey & Associates, Inc. Speakers

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.

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.

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.

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 an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Colorado Denver. She is also on faculty at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Ross has over 30 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 MethodTM, 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.

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).

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

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

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

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.

Dr. Erin S. RossFinancial: Paid Consultant for Nestec, a division of Nestle (Gerber Child Advocate/Developmental Panel member); Paid Consultant for Intertek; Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc.; Paid Speaker for Feeding Fundamentals, LLC; Paid Salary, Feeding FUNdamentals, LLC.; Non-Financial: Unpaid Co-Author, “Behaviorally Based Feeding Problems” in Suiter & Gosa (Eds.) Assessing and Treating Dysphagia: A Lifespan Perspective (2019). New York: Thieme Publishers; Unpaid PFD Alliance Leadership with Feeding Matters – PFD Alliance Advocacy Chair.

 

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 the course for the entire duration of each day (7:30am to 5pm, Days 1-3, 8am to 3:00pm on Day 4). Attendees will miss crucial information needed to be able to correctly use the SOS Approach to Feeding program if they come late or leave the course early. Late arrival or early departure on any day will not be accepted. Continuing Education Units and Certificates of Attendance will not be given to Attendees that are late or leave early. Please make any travel arrangements to ensure that you do not need to leave the conference early on any day. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Course Quiz and Evaluation Form
All attendees are required to complete an quiz each day and an evaluation form on the last day in order to receive their certificate of attendance.

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

ASHA

This course is offered for 3 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:  Conference Tests and Evaluation Form Requirements: All Participants are required to take a multiple choice test each day of the conference to verify their understanding of the Conference materials. Upon full completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference, participants must also complete a course evaluation form in order to receive their certificate of attendance.

AOTA

Toomey & Associates, Inc. is an AOTA Course Approved Provider of Continuing Education. AOTA continuing education credit awarded: 3 AOTA CEUs or 30 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:  Conference Tests and Evaluation Form Requirements: All Participants are required to take a multiple choice test each day of the conference to verify their understanding of the Conference materials. Upon full completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference, participants must also complete a course evaluation form in order to receive their certificate of attendance.

 

Commission on Dietetic Registration

Activity Pending.  CPEUs Hours Approved 30

** Note:  Conference Tests and Evaluation Form Requirements: All Participants are required to take a multiple choice test each day of the conference to verify their understanding of the Conference materials. Upon full completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference, participants must also complete a course evaluation form in order to receive their certificate of attendance.

 

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.

** Note:  Conference Tests and Evaluation Form Requirements: All Participants are required to take a multiple choice test each day of the conference to verify their understanding of the Conference materials. Upon full completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference, participants must also complete a course evaluation form in order to receive their certificate of attendance.

Accommodations

A discounted room is available with The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center – 4535 Commerce St. Virginia Beach, VA 23462 for those attending the conference.

  • $149 (One King Bed or Two Queen Bed Guestroom)
  • Free parking for guests that stay overnight.
  • Please note, per the hotel, reservations are limited and must be booked no later than February 16, 2022 in order to receive the discount.

To reserve your room at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, please call 800-937-8461. Please be sure to state that you are with the SOS Approach to Feeding Event to receive the discounted room rate.

Do you need other hotel recommendations? Please contact us, and we will be happy to provide alternative options.

 

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] or (720) 663-9116.

Venue

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

4535 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
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The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

4535 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462, USA

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