What Past Students Have to Say:

  • Lyall P.

    Dr. Ross has finally given me clear perspective on what to look for in successful and challenging infant feeding. Huge boost to my confidence.

  • Lauren N.

    Loved this conference. The organization of it was great. Starting with the “why” the first day was so informative. Loved the hands-on practice and practical applications. I’m so glad I chose this conference. Can’t wait to implement this practice into my therapy. I will be watching for Homeostasis throughout the session!

  • Sarah M.

    I greatly appreciate Erin’s approach to training, supporting professionals and working with families. I am excited and honored to learn from her any chance I get.

Course Description

Infants are more than just little children. What makes infant feeding in the NICU so challenging?  All three of the national organizations for therapy (AOTA, ASHA, APTA) have specialized knowledge and skills for the NICU setting. This practice area requires a deep understanding of development as well as of medical comorbidities that influence eating. Infants learn to stop eating, and the therapist working in the NICU must understand how oral aversions develop and how to avoid them.  This presentation will briefly discuss the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to work in the NICU,  and provide an overview of the differences between eating skills in infants and children. Development, identification, and correction of oral aversions is the focus of this presentation. 

In this 2-hour webinar, you will learn to:

  • Understand critical differences between infant feeding and eating skills in children

  • Recognize how development as well as medical comorbidities influence eating

  • Describe how oral aversions develop from a classical conditioning, learning perspective

  • Identify early signs of aversion and begin to make positive change


This intermediate level course is appropriate for OTs, SLPs, PTs, assistants, educators, early intervention providers, parents/caregivers, and other professionals (social workers, nurses, registered dietitians, etc.) working with children with feeding challenges. Please contact us at [email protected] with any needs regarding accommodations. 

CEU Info

Certificates will be issued verifying participation in 2 hours of continuing education once full attendance has been verified. Check with your professional organizations licensing bodies to determine exactly what may be accepted for you. This course is eligible for ASHA’s professional development hour requirements. You will not require ASHA pre-approval for this. See here [https://www.asha.org/certification/FactDef/] for more information. This course is eligible for AOTA credits. Please check your state’s guidelines for specific information about this continuing education activity may apply to your state’s CEU guidelines.


GPI Perspectives Instructor Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Erin Ross received her Ph.D from the University of Colorado in 2007, followed by a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Section of Nutrition at the University of Colorado Denver. Her Master’s Degree is in Speech and Language Pathology, from California State University Stansilaus, which she received in 1988. Dr. Ross is currently an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado and is on faculty at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She has authored several book chapters and publications related to feeding preterm infants, infants with medical comorbidities, and children with pediatric feeding disorder (PFD). Dr. Ross provides clinical consultation to several NICUs within the HealthONE system in Denver, in addition to providing professional education and research consultation through Feeding Fundamentals. She created SOFFI®, a training program for caregivers in the NICU and in Early Intervention.

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Cancellations must be in writing and will incur a $10 fee. We are unable to give refunds after 7/12/22. After 7/12, we will happily apply your funds to a different GPI course. If the Get Permission Institute should need to remove course content for any reason, course fees will be refunded or transferred to another course at the discretion of the participant.