Feb 10 2022


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Picky Eaters vs Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) vs Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): Differential Diagnosis Decision Tree

When children don’t eat well, there can be multiple adverse consequences on a child’s health and development.  However, it can be challenging as a clinician to determine which children are the ones most likely to suffer the negative impacts from picky eating.  This session will use the most current research to operationally define who is a Picky Eater versus a child who may have an actual Feeding or Eating Disorder.  

Join Dr. Kay Toomey, pediatric expert in eating and feeding, as she reviews the diagnostic criteria for Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and then shares her Differential Diagnosis Decision Tree to give practitioners clear guidelines for intervention.  The Decision Tree will be applied to case studies to practice accurate diagnosis with global recommendations offered for differential treatment as based on each type of diagnosis.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your confidence and ability in accurately diagnosing picky eaters, children with a PFD or those with ARFID.


Please note this event is taking place at 6:30 pm Central Standard Time, and will be held virtually via Zoom. To find out what time this is in your country, look here. Registration will close at 5:00 pm Central Standard Time on February 8, 2022. The meeting link will be sent to registrants via email that evening after registration closes. **Please check your spam folder as our emails occasionally end up there.**


This course is being submitted for credit with the Illinois Early Intervention Program. Please check with your local professional organization to determine additional professional education credit. Those who have paid for a professional ticket and are in attendance for the duration of the full event will receive a certificate of attendance for credit. Those who registered for a student ticket will also receive a certificate, however these will not be eligible for CEUs.


Tickets Available:

  • Caregiver
    • For those who are caring for a child who is learning to eat.
  • Student
    • For those who are working on degrees in a profession related to pediatric feeding; certificates not for professional development credit. Students must register using their .edu email from their academic institution.
  • Professional*
    • For those who work in an area related to pediatric feeding and are seeking professional development credits (SLP, OT, Dietician, SW, Nurse, etc.)
  • Staff
    • For staff members of the Chicago Feeding Group
  • Affiliate
    • By invitation only; for official affiliates of the CFG 

*If you are paying for more than one professional, please include their name and email in the allocated spots in registration.


Dr. Kay A. Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 35 years.  She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems.  Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach.  Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children’s Hospital – Denver’s Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center’s Pediatric Feeding Center.  Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice.  Dr. Toomey acted as the Clinical Director for Toomey & Associates, Inc.’s Feeding Clinic, and then the SOS Feeding Solutions @ STAR before shifting into clinical consultation in order to focus on her teaching. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc.  

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