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Parent Participation in Responsive Feeding Therapy

Helping Children Succeed with Family-Centered Intervention

with Jennifer Berry, OT/L and Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

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Course Description

Infants and children are designed to learn to eat as part of a dependent dyad. The relationship, which involves communication, attachment, support and co-regulation, is an important part of developing healthy self-regulation and a positive relationship with food. Despite the fact that therapists are communication and developmental specialists, many feeding therapy interventions miss the importance of the home mealtime environment or fail to support the relationship in a way that allows it to flourish.

Heidi and Jeni will highlight the evidence supporting parent coaching, and will use videos and case studies to demonstrate practical strategies that involve parents as key players in the therapeutic process. They will share specific coaching strategies that shift the focus from "training" parents to developing parents as partners and leaders in their child's progress for short and long-term success.

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

  • Discover possible bias that can interfere with the process of teaming with families

  • Formulate different types of questions and know when to use them to elicit teamwork

  • Develop goal-setting strategies that are functional and measurable for increased carryover

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What Past Students Have To Say:

  • "The knowledge and expertise of the presenters was fantastic!"

  • "Jeni and Heidi did a great job presenting and sharing their strategies and program. I loved that they kept touching on key points and broke the information into distinct segments that built on each other and reinforced their sensitive, strengths-based program while encouraging creativity and respect for every family and child."

  • "Information backed by a lot of experience and supported by research. Presented with an overriding attitude of warmth, caring, and love for the children and families we serve."

CEU Info

Certificates will be issued verifying participation in 2 hours of continuing education once you complete the webinar and achieve a passing grade of 100% on the quiz.  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.


This intermediate level course is appropriate for occupational therapy, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, 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. 

Course Instructors

GPI Perspectives Instructors Jennifer Berry OT/L and Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

Jennifer Berry
Jennifer Berry is an occupational therapist and feeding specialist with Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics. Jennifer has more than 2 decades of experience helping children overcome challenges they face when it comes to eating. Using her extensive knowledge of learning, sensory processing, attachment, and motor skill development, Jennifer facilitates children's abilities to trust, understand and relate to food now and long into the future. Coaching parents into confidence around feeding their kids and family mealtimes brings her great joy and impactful results to the families she serves. Jennifer supports families virtually and in-person through family mealtime coaching, remote responsive feeding therapy, and the Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics Feeding Tube Weaning Program.

Heidi Liefer Moreland
Heidi is a speech therapist and feeding specialist with Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics. Heidi is a self-proclaimed “research geek”, but also has 30 years of practical experience in working with children. For the last 25 years she has specialized in working with children who have feeding challenges in a variety of settings. Relying on her training in communication, childhood development and feeding and swallowing development, Heidi helps children develop a trusting relationship with food that allows their skills to flourish. She loves helping children and families work together to develop happy and healthy mealtime communication and habits that will last and grow as they do. Heidi supports families virtually and in-person, and is a frequent speaker on pediatric feeding problems and treatment nationally and internationally.

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The Cycle of Effective Feeding Therapy: A Responsive Feeding Approach
Parent Participation in Responsive Feeding Therapy: Helping Children Succeed with Family-Centered Intervention


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