Feeding Therapy: It's Not Just About Swallowing
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Feeding Therapy: It's Not Just About Swallowing

Feeding Therapy: It's Not Just About Swallowing

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Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County

625 Community Way

Lancaster, PA 17603

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Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing

Dates: February 3-4, 2017

Instructor: Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

Who Should Attend:
Speech-language Pathologists, Speech-language Pathologists Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapists Assistants

Course Description:
This unique 2-day course benefits pediatric speech language pathologists and occupational therapists interested in the bigger picture pertaining to pediatric feeding disorders and who 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 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!

Course Level: Intermediate

Method of Instruction: Course will combine lecture and video case analysis.

Occupational Therapy
CEUs/State Approvals: 15.0 hours (13.0 hours in-person; 2.0 hours of pre-reading*); 1.5 CEUs

Applications have been submitted to the following state boards:
Maryland – Pending Approval
Delaware – Approved by the State of Delaware Board of Occupational Therapy Practice for 15.0 Hours
Ohio - Approved by the Ohio Occupational Therapy Section Board for 15.0 Hours; Approval #160030

The Pennsylvania OT Board, Virginia PT and OT Board, and the Delaware PT Board accept board approval from any other state.

Pre-reading articles:
- Pediatric Feeding Case Study: Zachary – age 3:11, By: Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP
- Wait… for… It… - Feeding Therapy: The Power of Waiting, By: Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP
- Feeding Difficulties in Children with Eosinophilic Esophagitis Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)**
* Participants must receive 70% on the pre-reading quiz to receive credit. Quiz will be handed in during registration on the first day of the course.
** This article will be emailed prior to the course.

Course Objectives:
Upon completing the 2-day seminar, participants will be able to:
- 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 the 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 in order 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.

Timed Agenda:

Day One
7:30-8:00 Registration
8:00-10:00 Understanding the 4 Foundations for Learning to Eat
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with Brief Review of Evidence Based
11:15-12:00 Establishing Stable Oral Motor Patterns for Eating
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00 How to Keep the Fun in Feeding: Consistent Progress with ABA
2:00-2:45 Setting Children up for Success: Adapting Food for Oral Motor Challenges
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:45 Parent Strategies at Home & School
3:45-5:30 Learning to Enjoy the School Cafeteria
5:30 Adjourn

Day Two
7:30-8:00 Registration
8:00-10:00 4 Pediatric Case Studies: From Evaluation to Discharge
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Oral Motor Strategies
11:00-11:45 A Hierarchical Approach to Problem Solving
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-1:00 Common Roadblocks: Refusing to Sit, Eating Too Slowly, Throwing Food…and More.
1:00-1:30 “But – What about THAT kid?” Problem Solving Therapist’s Clients & Final Thoughts
1:30 Adjourn

About the Instructor:
Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is nationally known for her unique courses and dynamic teaching style. Melanie's experience includes caring for families in the NICU, pediatric rehab, home and school. She utilizes the basic theory of Applied Behavior Analysis in all of her work and enjoys sharing practical tips with therapists and parents on how to build feeding progress while keeping the atmosphere positive and fun! Mel's experience includes kids with challenging medical issues, children transitioning from tube feedings to oral feeds and kids on the autism spectrum, as well as "problem feeders" and "picky eaters."

Melanie's expertise has been shared in Parents Magazine, WebMD, Autism Asperger's Digest, Natural Baby, Pediatric Web and many other health, nutrition and special needs resources. She is a monthly contributor to the American Speech Language Association's blog "ASHAsphere". Mel is the author of the award-winning Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids and the executive producer of the children's music CD entitled Dancing in the Kitchen. Her latest book, Raising a Healthy Happy Eater (Oct. 2015) was written with pediatrician Dr. Nimali Fernando. Melanie and Dr. Fernando also created the curriculum for Doctor Yum's Preschool Food Adventure, which focuses on food exploration and education in the classroom and at home. Melanie's message in her courses, book and articles is clear: Although her role as a therapist is to help each child develop the motor skills, balanced sensory system and positive behavior to try new foods, the ultimate goal is to establish consistency across all environments - and that, simply put, means fun, social and relaxed mealtimes for the entire family. Remember, it's not just about swallowing.

What Therapists Say About This Course:
- Earlier this year I took a pediatric dysphasia course from Mel. I can comfortably say that this is the best course I have taken as a speech pathologist. The information was very well organized and presented with such passion and sincerity that I not only learned and retained great new skills, but was also inspired to always strive to be a better therapist. I love how I was able to apply something I learned in this course to every child on my caseload, regardless of diagnosis. I wouldn't hesitate to take another course presented by her!

- "Melanie really does make meal times fun. She helps to explain WHY picky eating may occur from a physiological standpoint & shows how simple behavior modification techniques can turn things around. I struggled for years with my own son & had many “aha” moments during her talk. I enjoyed her so much the first time that I attended the same course again a year later. It is so rewarding to help spare parents the agony I had by using the strategies & knowledge I learned through her course”

- “Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing” is an excellent course. Melanie is an outstanding presenter who is engaging and has a great sense of humor. As a mom and a therapist, I have been able to use specific strategies from Melanie with my own son, who I term a “selective eater” with success. I highly recommend this course.

What to Bring/Wear: Participants should wear comfortable clothes for labs, preferably no jeans.

Meals: Continental breakfast will be provided; lunch is on your own.

Location/Parking Information: Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center; 625 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603; Parking available on-site; No Fee.

Please check with Epic Developmental Services before making airline reservations. Epic Developmental Services cannot be responsible for non-course fee charges incurred by participants due to course cancellation or for those on the waitlist.

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Questions about this course or your registration?
Please call us at 1.888.613.2275 or email us at CE@epicdevelopmentalservices.com.

Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you can update your registration information in Account Settings.

What if I have dietary restrictions or special needs?
If you require special accommodations, please call us at 1.888.613.2275 or email CE@epicdevelopmentalservices.com.

What is the cancellation policy?
To cancel your registration, please send a written request via email or fax to CE@epicdevelopmentalservices.com or 410.583.9670, at least 21 days prior to a one/two-day course and 14 days prior to an hourly course. If you cancel after this date, and prior to the start of the course, you may receive a rain check (less the administrative fee) for a future Epic Developmental Services program. Refunds and rain checks will be issued within 15 business days. No refunds are possible after this time. If you are registered for a course and do not attend, you are still responsible for the course fee and no refunds or credits will be issued. Please review the refund policy below for applicable administrative fees based on course type.

Epic Developmental Services reserves the right to cancel a course for limited registration or inclement weather, etc. Cancellation of the course by Epic Developmental Services will result in a full tuition refund.

What is the refund policy?
• One-day and Two-day Courses
Tuition, less a $50 administrative fee, is refundable with a written request and must be received at least 21 days prior to the start of the course. No refund is possible less than 21 days prior to a course.

• Hourly Courses (less than 7-hours)
Tuition, minus a $20 administrative fee, is refundable with a written request received at least 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refund is possible less than 14 days prior to a course.

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