This unique 2-day course benefits pediatric professionals interested in the bigger picture pertaining to pediatric feeding disorders. Professionals want strategies to implement right away with their clients. Why do children have trouble eating? How are physiology, motor skills and behavior linked and how do the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strengthen that connection? How do family dynamics and parenting styles influence progress? Why is it that a child eats well in the clinic setting but cannot generalize those skills to the home and school? This course answers those questions, provides practical strategies to implement with a variety of clients, and focuses on setting children up for success for meeting functional objectives while utilizing the premise of ABA. Participants learn how to problem solve common roadblocks in eating and then continue to build progress by following a hierarchy of steps to success. Most importantly, this course emphasizes the importance of keeping the fun in feeding while developing consistent positive behaviors at mealtimes so that everyone in the family can enjoy their time together around the family table!
This course is appropriate for feeding professionals with advanced education in pediatrics. These may include: Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Board Certified Behavioral Analysts, Psychologists, and students in these fields.
- Discuss how protective behaviors develop when GI discomfort, sensory processing challenges, delayed gross and/or fine motor skills impact a child’s willingness to eat.
- Apply gentle, basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to the treatment of pediatric feeding clients.
- List 5 strategies for improving tongue mobility and developing mature swallowing patterns in children.
- Describe how to teach the following skills to toddlers and older: biting, chewing, swallowing independently, straw and open cup drinking.
- Implement a hierarchical method of problem solving to meet functional outcomes.
- Understand how to problem solve new challenges with future clients by systematically breaking the task into smaller steps and teaching one step at a time.