As an organization, our priority is the safety and health of our community of professionals. In our ongoing effort to keep you informed, we have put together the following information about our SOS Conferences.
We know that everything going on right now around the coronavirus is creating significant changes in the ways in which you work and how you live your family life at this time. We are also aware that many of the children we treat and their families are especially stressed by school closures and families needing to stay at home for long periods of time. Because we recognize that our clinical population is very vulnerable, we at SOS want to reach out to you with the following suggestions:
Help your clients and their families by directly creating menus of meals and snacks with them for the next 1-2 weeks. Here is a Sample Menu that meets all of the SOS treatment requirements for Family Meals, as well as a Menu Planning Form you can use with your families. Make sure you help your families plan meals which include all of the nutrition groups. You will also need to make a clinical decision about what textures should be included in their Family Meals to continue your client’s therapy progress. Please make sure that you are considering the stress level of each family you are working with as you give them recommendations. It may be helpful to first have the family complete an updated Food Range Diary if you haven’t done one recently.
We have written a blog for the families that visit our website, and we would like to ask that you consider sending it to your families. It is so important for our families with children with feeding challenges to get practical and easy to implement ideas for how to get through the next few weeks in ways that will make their family stronger. You can download a PDF version here: Stressful Times & Picky Eaters + Problem Feeders
We have also created a post on our Facebook page where you can share how you are positively adapting your clinical work during this stressful time, and read what your colleagues are doing around the world.
YOU, as their Feeding Therapist can play an important role in all of your clients’ lives right now.
Join us on social media and add your own ideas to our Facebook posts, send your families to our website, reach out to your clients via telehealth, create new resources for your clients and their families, and contact us if you need support.
WE will do our best to support you and those wonderful children and families you work with.
The SOS Approach to Feeding Team
Don’t forget, you can expand your clinical knowledge base from the comfort of your home.