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."

Course Description

Children have feeding problems for many reasons so they each come to us with a variety of difficulties based on their overall abilities, experiences and situations. Often families or therapists report that they don't know where to start with responsive feeding, or have tried to implement responsive feeding strategies but didn't see progress, making them feel that they have no choice but to implement less responsive techniques in order to help children move ahead.

This course will take a new look at how therapy can be structured to allow children of all ability levels to build on their strengths and discover their own Intrinsic motivations to eat, including hunger, connection, joy, comfort and curiosity.

Using videos and case studies, Heidi and Jeni will share practical therapy strategies that will foster the development of autonomy and strengthen family mealtime relationships to make mealtimes sustainable long into the future.

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

  • Identify actions and events that can block internal motivations to eat

  • Describe strategies to provide space during therapy sessions and at home

  • Describe supports that will boost autonomy and advance mealtime participation

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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

Course Instructors

GPI Perspectives Instructors

Jennifer Berry and Heidi Liefer Moreland

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.

CEU Info

Certificates will be issued verifying participation in 2 hours of continuing education once the full webinar has been viewed. Check with your professional organizations and 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.


Cancellations must be in writing and will incur a $10 fee. We are unable to give refunds if more than 10% of the course has been viewed. 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.


This intermediate level course is appropriate for occupational therapists, 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 hello@getpermissioninstitute.com  with any needs regarding accommodations.