Feeding in Infancy
Learning Through Opportunity
with Stephanie Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP, CLC and Karen Dilfer, OTR/L
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Part 1: Positive feeding experiences are central to the development of a strong, trusting relationship between parent and child. Many children who experience feeding difficulties struggle to develop the skills necessary to enjoy eating with their families and eat enough to thrive.
This course will explore typical feeding skill development in the newborn and older infant (0-12 months), including sucking, swallowing, and breathing patterns, transitions to solids, diet expansion, cup and straw drinking, and self-feeding. There will be a strong emphasis on responsive feeding and discussion of how feeding skills develop within the context of relationships.
Karen and Stephanie will discuss a multitude of factors that may impact feeding development in newborns and infants, collaboration with parents and a child's team throughout the assessment and treatment process, and family-focused intervention. Participants will understand how a variety of conditions/diagnoses and experiences might disrupt feeding skill development, develop clinical reasoning skills for detailed problem-solving, and understand how to develop individualized intervention plans with an emphasis on use of parent coaching techniques in the context of a child’s natural environment and daily mealtime routines.
1. Understand typical infant feeding patterns in chestfeeding, bottlefeeding, drinking from a variety of vessels, and consumption of a variety of finger and table foods.
2. Explain how positive eating experiences shape intrinsic motivation to eat.
3. Explain how the caregiver-child relationship is central to feeding skill development.
4. Identify opportunities to support transitions to solids, drinking from a variety of vessels, and self-feeding.
5. Understand the multifaceted pediatric feeding disorder diagnosis and how difficult experiences related to feeding have the potential to negatively impact development.
6. Understand how feeding problems impact relationships and families.
7. Collaborate effectively with members of a multidisciplinary feeding team.
8. Create a dynamic treatment plan with individualized goals and priorities for therapy.
9. Implement family-focused practices in feeding therapy, including parent coaching strategies and routines-based intervention.
10. Understand how to avoid trauma in feeding therapy
Certificates will be issued verifying participation in 4.75 hours of continuing education once participants view the entire course and pass the quiz with a 100% grade. 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.
Feeding in Toddlerhood Learning Through Opportunity
Refunds must be requested writing and will incur a $15 fee. We are unable to give refunds after more than 10% of the course has been viewed. If the Get Permission Institute or speaker should need to cancel, course fees will be refunded or transferred to another course at the discretion of the participant.