- Feb 02 - 23 2021
- 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- $175 for professionals, $50 for parents, Free for students
Overcoming Complex Feeding Challenges and Feeding Tube-Dependency: How to Make Lasting Progress (4-part series)
The live series is closed for registration, but pre-register here for the recorded series, which will be released soon in our on-demand library! You can view our pre-course facebook live with Jennifer Berry now and all four parts of the series will be available very soon!
Children with feeding tubes or complex feeding challenges struggle with eating but are also at greater risk for long term difficulties with both eating and self-regulation. Heidi and Jeni of Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics will share the way their team helps families and children with building trust and enjoyment of food. They will explain the use of hunger and other internal motivations to eat, and the benefits of responsive feeding. They will use case studies and outcome data to demonstrate how the improved relationship with food facilitates improved oral skills, increased autonomy and independence with eating, and decreased tube-dependency or adult-directed eating. If you feel stuck in working with children who seem fearful of food or have no desire to eat, then this course is for you!
The good news is that there are decades of research on what it takes to develop a healthy relationship with food and how to foster autonomy and independence that applies to all children, even those with special needs or those who have never eaten before.
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This course is being submitted for credit with the Illinois Early Intervention Program. Those who have paid for a professional ticket and are in attendance for the full duration of all four events will receive a certificate of attendance for credit. Please check with your local professional organization to determine how our courses may count towards your continuing education requirements. Those who registered for a student ticket will also receive a certificate, however these will not be eligible for CEUs.
For those who are caring for a child who is learning to eat.
For those who are working on degrees in a profession related to pediatric feeding; certificates not for professional development credit.
For those who work in an area related to pediatric feeding and are seeking professional development credits (SLP, OT, Dietician, SW, Nurse, etc.)
For staff members of the Chicago Feeding Group
By invitation only; for official affiliates of the CFG
*If you are registering/paying for more than one person, please include their name and email.
Jennifer Berry, MS OT/L, is an occupational therapist, and the owner and founder of Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics. She has been treating children for almost 21 years and is a frequent speaker on helping children with complex feeding challenges and feeding tube dependency. She is passionate about working with families and empowering them to help their child progress toward happy and healthy eating.
Heidi Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC, is a speech therapist who has worked with kids with feeding and swallowing problems for almost 20 years and is currently a treating therapist and clinical coordinator of the feeding tube weaning program at Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics. She a frequent speaker on feeding disorders in infants and children, using real life stories and examples, along with evidence-based techniques and practices. Heidi loves working with children and their families and is especially passionate about supporting them as they move past early medical and feeding trauma into enjoyable, interactive mealtime relationships.