Levels of Participation
The Mealtime Partners Programwill include three levels of learning and involvement with the concepts and strategies underlying mealtimes for infants and children.
- INTRODUCTORY LEVEL
Mealtime Partners Starter Kit
- FOUNDATIONAL LEVEL
Mealtime Partners Workshop
- OUTREACH LEVEL
Phone and Video Consultations
Each level of the program will be completed in sequence, but will have intrinsic value at each phase of the program. Parents and professionals may go as far into the programmed sequence as they desire
MEALTIME PARTNERS STARTER KIT
The Mealtime Partners Starter Kitbrings together a set of carefully selected books that open the doorway to understanding the many components that contribute to happy, efficient, and skillful mealtimes. Strategies and specific activities to support the development of childrens mealtime and eating skills are featured in each book. This special collection includes the following books:
- Pre-Feeding Skills: A Comprehensive Resource for Mealtime Development, 2nd Edition
by Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., and Marsha Dunn Klein, M.Ed., OTR
The new 2nd edition of Pre-Feeding Skillsis completely revised and expanded into a text that focuses on the entire mealtime experience and feeding relationship for children from birth to adolescence. The book includes foundational information about normal feeding development, anatomy and physiology of feeding and swallowing, and limiting factors that influence feeding. Assessment and treatment principles and strategies are thoroughly explored. All chapters have been updated to include new art, current research, references and trends. 12 new chapters have been added since the 1st edition.
Read in depth about--
- Mealtime Foundations, Influences and Roles
- Assessment Observation, Testing and Planning
- Treatment Principles and Perspectives
- Specifics of Oral Motor Treatment
- Learning and Communication at Mealtime
- Positioning and Handling Influences at Mealtime
- Sensory Influences at Mealtime
- Nutritional Influences at Mealtime
- Feeding Materials and Resources
- Children Who Experience: Prematurity, Visual Impairment, Gastrointestinal Discomfort, Autism
- Children Who are Tube-Fed
- Children Who Dont Eat Enough
- How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much
by Ellyn Satter, RD, A.C.S.W.
covers how to feed children, the parent/child and caregiver/child feeding relationship, developing good eating habits at an early age, etc. It discusses general issues (such as what is normal eating, does pressure work) and has separate chapters for newborns, older babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and teenagers.
- Happiness is a Choice
by Barry Neil Kaufman
Effective programs for children with feeding problems depend equally upon "what we do" and "how we do it." Happiness is a Choiceprovides the ingredients for the how of therapy. The Option Process approaches each child and family from a base of happiness and knowledge that change comes most easily when approached from a base of unconditional love and acceptance of each individual. Barry Kaufman has observed that people who are most successful in finding happiness share certain traits. He has used these traits to create six shortcuts to happiness that you can begin using immediately. This is a wonderful book for everyone working with families and children with feeding and oral-motor difficulties.
Enjoy a 10% savings over the per-book cost when you purchase these books together.
To order, call the Mealtimescatalog at (800) 606-7112 or go to the Mealtimes Online Store.
Item number B-88-06, Mealtime Partners Starter Kit,$107 plus shipping/handling.
MEALTIME PARTNERS WORKSHOP
The Mealtime Partners Workshop, "Becoming a Mealtime Partner", is a three-day weekend workshop (Friday,Saturday and Sunday) for eight to ten parents and professionals working with children with feeding challenges. Workshop participants send a videotape and completed questionnaire providing specific information on their child a month before the workshop. The workshop has a fixed content and format but is customizable in terms of information, emphasis, and the video examples used. The content centers on the most important areas for helping children develop the comfort, skills, and confidence to participate happily in a mealtime and expand the skills that lead toward competent and efficient oral feeding. Participants must be familiar with information from the Mealtime Partners Starter Kitbefore coming to the workshop. Workshop participants receive a manual containing a review of the foundational concepts and very specific strategies and techniques that support the fundamental development of mealtime and feeding skills. The workshop is highly experiential in nature.
The workshop enables the participant to--
- understand the interactive role played by beliefs and attitudes, the mealtime partnership, mealtime communication, gastrointestinal comfort, sensory processing, positioning and movement, and oral feeding abilities in the development of mealtime skills
- identify the key issues that influence a childs ability to eat and drink happily and efficiently
- understand and implement an appropriate division of responsibility at mealtimes
- help children develop greater trust and confidence in their relationship to food
- develop childrens inner ability to self-regulate eating and drinking
- introduce new foods into a childs diet
- create comfortable, happy mealtimes
- create a positive mealtime for children who eat through a feeding tube
- develop a trust-based treatment program that nourishes the child's ability to develop and enhance feeding skills
- develop a home-centered program to develop skills to support feeding and mealtimes
Course content is presented in a multimedia, experiential format. Audiovisual materials, small group discussion, problem-solving sessions, movement exploration, and accelerated learning technology assist each participant to enhance skills used in becoming a full mealtime partner for children with oral-feeding problems. A limit in group size to 10 participants assures each participant of individual attention and consideration of specific questions and problems. Question and answer forums will address critical questions and concerns. The workshop provides a special opportunity to brainstorm and network with other parents and professionals facing similar challenges.
- foundations for assessment and treatment of feeding and mealtime issues
- beliefs and attitudes
- physical coordination
- sensory comfort and integration
- gastrointestinal comfort
- oral-sensorimotor coordination
- positive mealtimes for everyone
- creating a nourishing, supportive environment for learning to eat
- building sensory and gastrointestinal comfort at mealtimes
- developing efficient sucking, swallowing, biting and chewing skills
- readiness for weaning from a feeding tube
- mealtime partners (children, parents, therapists)
- the family-centered program
- therapeutic approaches to daily activities
Three Mealtime Partners Workshopswill be offered during 2006. Parents and professionals who have completed the workshop are eligible to participate in telephone or video consultations through the Mealtime Outreach Services.
2013 Workshop Dates:
Mealtime Partners Workshops are held at New Visions in Virginia, near the town of Nellysford. We are located in a rural setting in the serene atmosphere of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain foothills 30 miles southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia. Participants lodge at a nearby bed & breakfast. Rooms are attractive and moderately priced.
Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., is a speech-language pathologist in private practice. She is nationally and internationally known for her work in identifying and treating young children with pre-speech and language disorders. Dr. Morris maintains a practice which includes direct clinical work, continuing education workshops, development of clinical materials and clinical research. She is the director of New Visions, which sponsors innovative workshops for the teaching of feeding-related skills, and provides family-oriented clinical services. Dr. Morris has studied Neurodevelopmental Treatment approaches extensively in England, Switzerland, and the United States. She is the author of the Pre-Speech Assessment Scale,a rating scale for the measurement of pre-speech behaviors in children from birth through two years, and coauthor of Pre-Feeding Skills: A Comprehensive Resource for Feeding Development,and the Mealtime Participation Guide.
Suzanne has studied accelerated learning approaches and technology through the Optimalearning Institute, the Center for Accelerated Learning and The Monroe Institute. She is a folk musician who blends her musical background with an intimate knowledge of movement, sensory processing, communication and learning.
Suzanne is joined in each workshop by a Parent Teaching Partner who will share her personal journey with a child with feeding challenges. Current Parent Teaching Partners include Fran McDermott and Kris McNally.
- Regular Workshop Fee $850
- Workshop Partner Fee $800 -- when two or more participants represent one child in the same workshop.
- 3-day workshop
- 3 lunches
- workshop manual
- two-hour review of a childs videotape and written materials.
For more detailed information on the workshop go to Mealtime Partner's Workshop. For Frequently Asked Questions, see FAQS.
To register for the workshop call (800) 606-7112 ext. 5, or e-mail email@example.com.
MEALTIME PARTNERS OUTREACH PROGRAM
The Mealtime Outreach Programprovides opportunities for telephone consultation and video consultation for parents and professionals who have attended the Mealtime Partners Workshop.