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Q: Where is Suzanne Morris teaching
workshops in 2007?
A: For personal reasons, Suzanne has chosen not to teach any of these larger workshops in 2007.
Q: Would Suzanne Morris schedule a future
workshop in my city?
A: Suzanne schedules her workshops 12-15 months
in advance. If your agency is interested in sponsoring
one of these workshops, please let her know. She will be considering scheduling workshops for 2008 in April 2007.
Q: How many participants are accepted for
A: The number of participants can vary from
50-125. The size of the workshop is often dependent on
the workshop location or preferences of the sponsoring
Q: What is the registration fee for each
A: Sponsoring organizations set the fees for
each workshop. These average $150 per day.
Q: Why does the same workshop cost more
in some locations?
A: Workshop expenses for the sponsoring
organization can vary tremendously. Variable costs may
include: hotel rental, break and meal costs, instructor's
travel, and audiovisual rental.
Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Please check with the sponsoring agency for
the workshop that you hope to attend. In most cases lunch
is included as part of the workshop. Some sponsoring
organizations prefer to have participants eat
on-their-own in local restaurants. This may be a less
expensive option or an easier option than having the meal
Q: How do I register for a workshop?
A: Registration is handled directly by the
sponsoring organization. Please contact the person listed
for each workshop to obtain a brochure and registration
Q: I am the parent of a child with
special needs. Is this workshop open to parents?
A: Suzanne encourages parents to come to her
workshops. She teaches in a clear, common-sense style
which does not depend upon an extensive professional
Q: I have already taken a longer New
Visions feeding workshop. Would I benefit from taking one
of the shorter workshops?
A: There are many features of these workshops
that are different from the workshop, Nourishing the Whole Child in the
Development of Oral Feeding Skills or Becoming a Mealtime Partner a
narrower focus which allows for greater depth in the
topic-areas of the workshop. For example, The Journey from Tube Feeding Toward Oral Feeding provides
more information on the collaboration of physicians and
therapists in assessment and treatment options. In
addition, specific videotaped examples of treatment
strategies are provided and discussed. Many graduates of
the New Visions workshops in Virginia attend other
workshops taught by Suzanne Evans Morris.
Q: What is the content and teaching level
for the workshops?
A: The courses benefit participants with widely
differing amounts of experience working with infants and
children with feeding difficulties. The focus is placed
on integrating new information with whatever the
participant's current knowledge may be. Thus, the
workshop is very appropriate for those at a beginning,
intermediate, or advanced level of knowledge and
Q: Will I learn a lot of new therapy
techniques in these workshops?
A: Although many therapeutic techniques will be
discussed and illustrated through videotape, the
workshops focus on an in-depth understanding of the
child's issues and needs, and the overall approach to
therapy rather than the specific techniques used. A solid
foundation of understanding and the ability to
problem-solve enables the therapist to select appropriate
therapy techniques for each child.
Q: I am not a therapist (i.e. teacher, dietitian, social
worker, nurse, physician, parent).
Can I take the workshop, or is it just for therapists?
A: The workshop is open to anyone who works
with or has an interest in children or adults with
Q: I work in a Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit. Will the workshop cover information on working with
A: The workshop, The Journey from Tube Feeding Toward Oral Feeding, addresses the needs of premature
infants and other children with multiple medical issues.
Q: I work with adults. Is this workshop
appropriate for me?
A: Although the primary focus is on infants and
children, there is a great deal which applies to adult
clients with developmental disabilities and traumatic
brain injury. The courses do not address the needs of
adult clients with swallowing problems related to
conditions such as Parkinson's Disease, ALS, MS, or
Q: I work in a center for severely
multi-handicapped children who are oral feeders. Will
any of these courses meet my needs?
A: Most of Suzanne's workshops contain information that
applies to this population of children. Feeding the Whole Child: A Mealtime Approach contains information and concepts that apply to all children and all mealtime settings.
The Journey from Tube Feeding Toward Oral Feeding addresses the needs of children whose primary feeding
problems lie in the areas of sucking and swallowing. Some
of these children receive partial or total tube feedings.
Others are able to thrive with oral feedings. Some of
these children have severe physical disabilities in
conjunction with a severe feeding problem. Others are
unable to eat competently despite good physical
The needs of children who have difficulty with more
advanced eating and drinking skills (i.e. biting,
chewing, cup drinking) are covered in the workshop, Feeding and Pre-Speech Issues: The
Mild and Moderately Involved Child. Many children
with severe physical or cognitive dysfunction have
feeding or pre-speech problems which would be described
as mild or moderate.
Q: I work with many children who resist
eating or are very picky eaters. Will these workshops
help me provide better therapy for them?
A: All of the workshops provide greater insight and
practical suggestion for children who dislike eating. The workshop, The Child with Feeding Aversion–Impact of Gastrointestinal Discomfort is specifically directed at the problems of many of these children. The
majority of these youngsters have a sensory-based feeding
problem or have experienced gastrointestinal discomfort combined with negative experiences related to
oral input or eating. If the child has a feeding tube,
the workshop, The Journey from Tube Feeding Toward Oral Feeding,
would be your best choice. If you are working with a
child who eats by mouth, the workshop, Feeding and Pre-Speech Issues: The
Mild and Moderately Involved Child. would address