FEEDING THE WHOLE CHILD
A MEALTIME APPROACH

Dates, Location, and Sponsors | Instructor | Course Objectives | Schedule



Children are born with the inner ability to eat and to grow appropriately. During infancy they learn to interact with adults as they expand their eating skills and enjoy both the food and the mealtime environment. Some children experience a disruption of this normal cycle because of difficulties in physical, sensory, gastrointestinal, and environmental skills and opportunities. The workshop will explore some of the roadblocks that limit the development of eating skills and comfort in order to help children return to their natural desire to be part of mealtimes.  Strategies designed to increase feeding skills within the mealtime environment are discussed. The workshop will address the feeding and mealtime issues of children who eat and drink by mouth as well as those who receive their nutrition through a feeding tube.

The workshop will be of special interest to speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, special educators, parents, and others working with infants and children who experience feeding and mealtime difficulties. The workshop will address the feeding and mealtime issues of children who eat and drink by mouth as well as those who receive their nutrition through a feeding tube.

This workshop may be taught in either a 2-day or 3-day format.




COURSE DATES, LOCATIONS
& SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS

Please contact the sponsoring organization for a brochure and registration information for workshops in 2017.

2017  

This workshop is not scheduled for 2017.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTOR

Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., is a speech-language pathologist in private practice near Charlottesville, Virginia. She is nationally and internationally known for her work in identifying and treating young children with feeding and pre-speech 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 Mealtime Development (2nd edition), the Mealtime Participation Guide and the Homemade Blended Formula Handbook.



LEARNING OUTCOMES

This workshop will enable the participant to

  • describe the functions of a mealtime

  • identify the role played by the following components of mealtime skills: beliefs and attitudes, the mealtime partnerships, communication, gastrointestinal comfort, sensory processing, motor coordination, and oral feeding abilities

  • identify the key issues that influence a child’s ability to eat and drink happily and efficiently

  • develop a trust-based treatment program that nourishes the child's ability to develop and enhance feeding skills

  • implement strategies that support mealtime comfort and skill development

  • help children develop greater trust and confidence in their relationship to food and new foods in the diet.

  • create a positive mealtime for children who eat through a feeding tube



SCHEDULE

DAY 1


8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30

Mealtimes

Nature of mealtimes for children and families

A division of responsibility and the mealtime partnership

Challenges created by feeding difficulties

Children who resist eating

Areas contributing to comfortable and efficient eating and mealtimes

Oral feeding mealtimes and tube feeding mealtimes

Beliefs about food and mealtimes

"Control Model" vs. "Trust Model" of feeding

Mealtime communication

10:30-10:45

Morning Break

10:45-12:30

The Role of Comfort and Discomfort in Developing Inner-Directed Mealtimes

Inner directed mealtimes

Gastrointestinal system

Sensory system

Swallowing system

Stress and the desire to eat

Progressions in taking care of the self

12:30-1:30

Lunch

1:30-4:30

The Role of Comfort and Discomfort (Continued)

 

3:00-3:15

Afternoon Break

4:30

End of Session

 

 


DAY 2


8:30-12:30

Enhancing Feeding and Mealtime Skills

Reducing stress and creating a nourshing mealtime environment 

Increasing gastrointestinal comfort 

Prepareing the sensory system for mealtimes

Providing an interplay between postural stability and mobility

10:30-10:45

Morning Break

12:30 Lunch
   
1:30-4:30

Enhancing Feeding and Mealtime Skills

Advancing swallowing and oral-motor skills

Expandng dietary choices

Mapping a successful program

3:00-3:15

Afternoon Break

4:30 End of Workshop
 

 


DAY 3
[Optional in some workshop presentations]


   
9:00

Sharpening Our Observations:  Implementing the Transition from Theory to Therapy

     
10:15

Break

 
10:30

Assessment and Treatment of a Child with Motor-Based Feeding and Mealtime Challenges

 
11:30

Discussion and Questions

 
12:00

Lunch

 
1:00

Assessment and Treatment of a Child with Sensory-Based Feeding and Mealtime Challenges

 
2:00

Break

 
2:15

Questions and Discussion

 
3:00

End of Session