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Find answers to frequently asked questions for Parents and Caregivers, including questions on:

  • Can parents attend an SOS  conference?
  • My child won’t eat or will only eat limited kinds of food. What should I do?
  • How to reference the SOS program in a blog.

Can Parents and Caregivers attend an SOS Approach to Feeding conference?

Due to the complexity of the information presented, along with the need for advanced degrees to practice in this area of study, parents are not able to attend a conference unless they are accompanied by their child’s Feeding Therapist.  If a parent wishes to attend an SOS conference, they would request that their child’s therapist also register for the conference.  Once the therapist has registered, the parent can then register and give their child’s therapist’s name as a part of their registration form.  Your child’s therapist is expected to assist you throughout the course in understanding the material presented and to field your questions that are specific to your child.

My child won’t eat or will only eat limited kinds of food. What should I do?

We understand that having a child who does not eat well is very stressful for parents, guardians and caregivers.  We would recommend the following as the best options for getting help for your child:

  1. You can visit the Parent section on our website to get access to free resources about how to help your child eat better. We recommend starting with the 2 hour Parent/Caregiver Workshop. You can also become a member of the SOS Community to gain access to even more information about children with feeding difficulties and to arrange a consultation with one of our clinical staff.
  2. You can find a therapist in your area who has taken the SOS Approach to Feeding training. Please visit Locate a Therapist for a list of therapists in your area. It is usually best for your child to receive treatment in your home community whenever possible.

I would like to refer to this program in my blog. What is the correct way to do so?

When referencing the SOS Approach to Feeding, please include the following statement:  The SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) Approach to Feeding Program was developed by Dr. Kay Toomey and is used worldwide to treat feeding issues in infants, children, and adolescents. It is a transdisciplinary, holistic and family-centered program based on Dr. Toomey’s 30 years of clinical experience in treating children who struggle to eat.  For more information about SOS Approach to Feeding, visit the SOS Approach to Feeding website.

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