I just got back from a super fun trip to New Orleans and I want to share it with you! Not only did I get to spend time with my sister, who lives there, but I got to attend an SOS Approach to Feeding 4-day seminar. The program was presented by the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorders, developed by Dr. Kay A. Toomey. SOS Approach to Feeding is a therapeutic technique utilized to help children with feeding difficulties. What is a feeding difficulty you may ask? Well, it can be a picky eater (which is defined as a child who has 25 foods in their repertoire) all the way up to a problem feeder (which is defined as a child who has less than 20 foods in their repertoire). Not only was the 4-day conference packed with information, I had the opportunity to meet and share information, backgrounds, and knowledge with so many clinicians. Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, dietitians and physicians from 3 different countries and 22 states attended the conference.
At A2 Therapy Works, we work hard to be the “to go” spot for pediatricians to send their patients presenting with feeding disorders. SOS Approach to Feeding is the premiere program, so I knew this seminar was the best place to learn more about how to identify the major reasons why children will not eat and help families face that challenge.
Here are some (not chicken) nuggets about what I learned at the seminar:
The SOS program provides a fun and stress-free approach to help kids explore and learn about different foods and improve their feeding skills. After listening and learning about the beneficial outcomes of this 20-year evidence based program allowed me to feel confident bringing this feeding and sensory approach to A2 Therapy Works and the Ann Arbor community.
Have concerns about your child’s eating? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to chat!
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