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Find answers to frequently asked questions for Professionals, including questions on:

  • SOS Training Conference and Educational Programs
  • Hosting an SOS Basic Conference
  • Presentation materials and how to order products
  • Copyright Permission Requests

SOS Training Conference and Educational Programs

Hosting an SOS Approach to Feeding Conference

Presentations, Handouts, Administrative Forms and Other Materials

Copyright Permission/Use of SOS Program Materials

SOS Training Conference and Educational Programs

How much does it cost to attend a Basic conference?

SOS Approach to Feeding training conferences are typically given at the invitation of an independent Host.   Toomey & Associates, Inc. as a business entity hosts only 2-3 conferences a year.  The price of each training conference is determined by the Host and varies based on location.  For details on specific conference pricing, please visit the conference Hosts’ website.  Find contact information and website links located on our SOS Event page.

What is the difference between the 3.75 Day Basic course and the 4 Day International Basic?

Both the 3.75 Day Basic and the 4 Day Basic Courses provide the same comprehensive training in the SOS Approach to Feeding.  The International 4 Day Conference is offered outside of the U.S. and Canada and allows for additional time for when the conference is being translated into a different language, as well as for providing additional time to discuss any cultural differences and/or adaptations appropriate to that particular country.  Learn more

Do you offer continuing education credits for the conferences?

Continuing education credits are managed and applied for by each individual Host. Please check with the Conference Host to see if they offer the credits or documentation for applying for continuing education credits with the individual associations.

I have not received continuing education credits for the conference I attended.  Who do I need to contact?

Please contact the Host of the conference you attended for information on how to receive your continuing education credits.

Do you offer the Basic Conference or Advanced Workshops online?

Basic Conference – Based on the type of course work and in order to ensure the best learning experience and outcome, the Basic Conference is only available as an onsite program and is not offered as an online course.

Advanced Workshops – Yes, we offer a variety of SOS Advanced Workshops that expand upon the Basic course information including workshops on Autism, Reflux, G-tubes, Infants, Food Sensitivities/Allergies/Intolerances, Food Science, Working with the Child with Severe Impairments, Parents as Partners and others.  All the Advanced courses are available online through the SPD University.  Please note, attendance at a Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training conference is required prior to taking any of the online Advanced courses.  For more information on the full list of available online courses including pricing and how to register, please visit SPD University.

What is the difference between the Basic training conference and the Advanced Workshops?

The Basic Conference provides the foundation for professionals to accurately use the SOS Approach to Feeding program.  SOS is a transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems of all ages, with a special focus on children from 6 months to 6 years old.  It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, oral motor, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.  Because the SOS Basic conference covers material across a wide variety of disciplines, it is necessary for all professionals wishing to use the SOS Approach to Feeding program to attend this foundational training conference regardless of that professional’s discipline or previous level of clinical experience/training in feeding problems. The learning outcomes for the Basic Conference are:

The Advanced Workshops are additional 2 to 4 hour training opportunities which expand upon the SOS Approach to Feeding Basic conference to further educate the professional about:

  1. Unique issues and helpful strategies concerning special populations of children with feeding problems (e.g. children with ASD, Food Sensitivities/Allergies/Intolerances, children with G-tubes, working with the older child using Food Science, children with Severe Developmental Delays, working with the 6-16 month old child)
  2. How to refine their clinical skills using the SOS Approach to Feeding program through more in-depth exploration and practice of the critical components of SOS (e.g. effectively using the Oral-Motor Steps to Eating, Food Hierarchies for increasing a child’s oral volumes, working in a partnership with challenging families)

**Attending the Basic SOS training conference is a requirement prior to being able to access any of the online Advanced Workshops.

What other training do you provide other than the SOS Basic Conference?

The SOS Approach to Feeding team provides both a Mentorship Course and a Certification level Course, in addition to our Advanced Workshops.  Learn about all of our Education Programs.

Do you offer a mentorship program?

Yes, the SOS Mentorship Program provides direct guidance and feedback by an SOS Professor on how to best implement the SOS Approach to Feeding program into your Clinical Practice.  Developed for new SOS practitioners and individuals interested in additional support in the implementation of the SOS Approach to Feeding program, the SOS Mentorship Program offers:

The Mentorship course is conducted online via the Blackboard platform for 12 weeks; 1.25 to 1.5 hours per class.  Typically, there are 10-12 participants per Course which gives professionals the chance to see other clinicians at work and to hear the SOS Professor’s feedback, along with the exchange of creative ideas about how to use SOS effectively across a wide variety of settings and circumstances.  Learn more

** Attendance at a Basic SOS Approach to Feeding training conference is the only requirement to enroll in the SOS Mentorship Course.

Do you offer a certification program?

Yes, Dr. Toomey has developed a comprehensive SOS Certification Program that provides additional training for therapists who wish to become Experts in the use of the SOS Approach to Feeding program. This comprehensive certification program occurs online and includes additional written materials and examinations, clinical supervision and review of your videotaped therapy sessions, feedback to further your skills in creating Food Hierarchies and in using Hierarchy Strategies, and discussion of how to become more effective in your parent education.  Learn more

Certification in SOS is also a requirement for professionals wishing to conduct research about SOS that they will be publishing and/or presenting.  For therapists wishing to conduct other levels of research using the SOS Approach to Feeding program, please send your request using the Contact Us form.

What is the process for becoming Certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding program?

Certification in SOS is meant for professionals wishing to become an Expert Clinician in the SOS Approach to Feeding program specifically.  This course is conducted online via the Blackboard platform for 1.5-2 hours per week for 12 weeks.  There are typically only 5-6 participants per Course to allow for extensive review of clinical cases and presentation of clinical videos by the professional.  There is weekly homework designed to refine the clinician’s understanding and use of SOS principles and strategies, as well as an examination at the end of the course.  The professional must pass the exam in order to receive Certification.  Learn more

Certification in SOS is also a requirement for professionals wishing to conduct research about SOS that they will be publishing and/or presenting.  For therapists wishing to conduct other levels of research using the SOS Approach to Feeding program, please send your request using the Contact Us form.

Pre-requisites to becoming SOS Certified include:

What is the difference between the SOS Mentorship and SOS Certification Programs?

The SOS Mentorship course is meant to provide the professional who wishes to refine their clinical skills in using the SOS Approach to Feeding program the opportunity to obtain additional information directly relevant to applying SOS in their work setting and to present a clinical case to the SOS Professors for feedback.

SOS Certification is designed for clinicians wishing to become an Expert Clinician in using the SOS Approach to Feeding program.  Being an Expert SOS Clinician means that the SOS Team has verified the professional’s use of the SOS program as accurate and effective.  Expert Clinicians would be the professionals the SOS Team would first refer a child and family to in any community.  Being an Expert Clinician also allows the professional to conduct research on the SOS Approach to Feeding program.
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If I have a complicated case, can I have a professional consult with Dr. Toomey?

Yes, Dr. Toomey does provide Professional Consultations. Please send your request for a Professional Consultation using the Contact Us form.  Be sure to include:

Dr. Toomey typically takes 2-4 weeks to respond to Professional Consultation inquires, depending upon her travel schedule.

Once I complete the SOS Approach to Feeding conference, will I be certified?

Attending the Basic SOS conference provides training in how to use the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Upon completion of a Basic conference, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance.  This allows you to immediately begin to treat and provide therapy to patients.  However, this is not Certification in SOS and does not allow a professional to say that they are certified in SOS.  Full Certification in SOS is only acquired through the SOS Certification Program (pre-requisite for the certification program is completion of the Basic conference).

I lost my certificate of attendance.  Can I receive a copy?

The certificates and record of attendance are managed by the Conference Host. Please contact the Host where you attended the conference to request a duplicate copy.  If you are unable to reach the Host or need their contact information, please send your request using the Contact Us form.

I am a COTA or Speech Assistant.  Can I attend an SOS Approach to Feeding Conference?

As you may be aware, COTA and Speech Assistant professionals are required to be under the direct supervision of a licensed Occupational Therapist or Speech Pathologist.

NATIONAL LICENSING STANDARDS – COTA’s and Speech Assistants are not allowed to do treatment or evaluations unless they are being supervised by a full-fledged OTR or a licensed Speech pathologist.

While COTA and Speech Assistants can attend the course, they cannot, according to national licensing standards, practice without supervision.  Furthermore, even if they attend the SOS course, they cannot conduct assessments or treatments using the SOS program without direct supervision.  Therefore, the COTA or Speech Assistant would be required to have an Occupational Therapist or a Speech Pathologist, who themselves are SOS trained, be present and supervising the COTA/Speech Assistant’s feeding assessments AND their treatment sessions.

Registering for a Conference – All COTA and Speech Assistants must provide verification that their direct supervisor has been trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding program by emailing a copy of their supervisor’s Certificate of Attendance from the SOS course to the conference Host.  Or, if the direct supervisor is attending the same conference with the COTA or Speech Assistant, the direct supervisor should send an email to the Host verifying that they are attending the conference with the named COTA or Speech Assistant.

I am a student.  Can I attend an SOS Approach to Feeding conference?

Yes, students can attend under the following circumstances:

Note: As is an ethical requirement for all graduate programs, students are not allowed to practice clinical therapy without direct/live professor/clinician supervision.  Supervision is required until the student attains their full degree and licensure.

Is there a student discount?

A discount for students is up to the discretion of the Host of each conference. Please contact the Host of the conference you are considering attending to ask them regarding whether any discounts are available.


Hosting an SOS Approach to Feeding Conference

How do I host an SOS Approach to Feeding conference?

For information on hosting an SOS Approach to Feeding conference, please submit your request using the Host an SOS Approach to Feeding Conference request form.

Do you offer a shorter or customized presentations for schools and other organizations?

Schools or other organizations wishing to have a presentation about the SOS Approach to Feeding program or by one of the SOS Professors about feeding challenges should contact us directly at SOS Event Request. In your request, please include the following information:

I would like Dr. Toomey or other members of the SOS Team to speak at my event.  How do I find out their availability?

If you would like Dr. Toomey or another SOS Professor to speak at your event, please contact us directly at SOS Event Request. In your request, please include the following information:

When will you be hosting an SOS Approach to Feeding conference in my area?

The SOS Approach to Feeding Conference is offered at least once a month in locations around the world.  For a list of upcoming conference, please visit our SOS Events page.

 

Presentations, Handouts, Administrative Forms and Other  Materials

I would like to share the information on the SOS Approach to Feeding conference that I attended.  Do you have any presentations that I can use?

Yes, we have a variety of presentations available on the SOS Approach to Feeding program.  Created by Dr. Toomey, the following presentations are designed for Conference Attendees to use when presenting the SOS Approach to Feeding to other Professionals and/or Parent Groups. These presentations are offered at no charge to attendees. Available presentations include:

  1. Approaches to Feeding Therapy – Comparisons – Presentation for presenting to colleagues who have a primary Operant Conditioning focus
  2. MD Office Talk 2019- Presentation for presenting to physicians and other primary medical providers
  3. Parent Presentation – Presentation for presenting to families and caregivers
  4. SOS Presentation – Presentation for presenting to other Rehabilitation/Pediatric Therapists
  5. SOS Statistics – Presentation that provides a summary of statistics about the SOS Approach to Feeding presented in the course and data comparisons to other approaches

Request Presentations

How can I order the SOS Handouts or SOS Administrative Forms?

Please visit the SOS Store for information on how to order these products.

How can I order The Great Explorer music?

Please visit the SOS Store to order the Great Explorer music and other products offered for purchase.

I lost my notebook from the conference.  Can I order a new one?

Conference notebooks are managed and printed in a limited quantity by the Conference Host.  Due to the limited number printed for each conference, we cannot guarantee the availability of a replacement conference notebooks.  However, please Contact Us, and we will provide you with the availability of a replacement notebook and the replacement costs.

Do you offer language translations of the SOS Handouts and SOS Administrative Forms products?

Currently, we offer a full set of SOS Handouts in Spanish.  This is available for purchase in the SOS Store.

Additionally, we also have a limited number of handout documents translated in Japanese, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish, Vietnamese and Chinese.  To request these documents, please Contact Us.

 

Copyright Permission/Use of SOS Program Materials

How to I reference Dr. Toomey’s SOS Approach to Feeding program on my website or blog?

You must include the following statement on your website or in your blog:

“The SOS Approach to Feeding program was developed by and copyrighted by Dr. Kay Toomey.  Please note, all materials, documents and forms taken from the SOS Approach to Feeding program are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced in any form without the written permission of Dr. Kay Toomey. For more information on the SOS Approach to Feeding program, please visit www.sosapproach.com.”

How do I obtain copyright permission to use the Dr. Toomey’s SOS Approach to Feeding materials?

Please send your request using the Contact Us form.  Depending upon the type of copyright permission you are requesting, you will receive a Copyright Permission form(s) that is appropriate for which materials you are requesting.  Once completed, please submit the form along with your certificate from the conference to [email protected]

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