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    Mealtime Miseries

    Nov. 14-15, 2014 | Birmingham, AL
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    Special Hotel Information – Birmingham, AL Course – Nov. 14-15, 2014. 

    Several nearby hotels offer special rates for Children’s of Alabama:

    Courtyard Marriott located at 1820 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL – (205) 254-0004. This hotel is within walking distance to Children’s of Alabama.

    Doubletree located at 808 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL – (205) 933-9000. This hotel is 10 blocks away from Children’s of Alabama.

    Hotel Highland Downtown located at 1023 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL – (205) 933-9555. This hotel is a 3-4 minute drive to Children’s of Alabama.

    Mealtime Miseries:

    Course Description:

    How does feeding, a process so integral to the child’s health and well-being, go awry? The focus of this 2 day course is on the Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eatTM) model integrating oral motor therapy techniques and behavioral management for the treatment of complex feeding problems. It will cover innovative strategies, using video case examples, to address oral aversion, food refusal, poor transition onto solid foods, texture grading, learning to chew, self feeding and feeding difficulties related to autism and picky eaters. It is relevant for infants and children through school age. This course is packed with practical solutions and hands on techniques that will empower you with new treatment ideas for your most complex patients. These interventions are systematic and evidence based with research supporting outcomes. This course is appropriate for the following clinicians working with children with feeding disorders:  OT, COTA, SLP, RD, RN, CSW, Psychologists. This course is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience. Contact us if you would like more information about our live course opportunities or would like to know more about student registration rates.

    Learning Objectives:

    Following this course, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the foundation of the TR-eat™ model.
    • Identify variables that produce complex pediatric feeding problems including: medical, oral motor and behavioral.
    • Identify feeding interventions across developmental stages.
    • Differentiate between select behavioral strategies including shaping, chaining and fading as a catalyst to enhance oral motor and therapeutic skill building.
    • Implement texture grading techniques and apply them to the process of making pureed table foods for children weaning from tube feedings and learning how to chew.
    • Recognize treatment strategies for “picky eaters”, including those with autism, using behavioral interventions.
    • Identify methods to improve problem solving skills through careful analysis to determine the most effective treatment plan to maximize desired outcomes.

    Schedule:

    Exact times may vary depending on the course location and sponsor.

    Day One

    • 7:30-8:00 – Registration/breakfast
    • 8:00-10:15 – Review of feeding development birth-24 months (video examples).
      Identification of common etiologies related to feeding problems and challenges.
      Feeding difficulties for the “new” feeder – Evaluation/treatment (medical management, formula, positioning) with video case studies
    • 10:15-10:30 – Break
    • 10:30–12:30 – Continue evaluation/treatment for the “new” feeder (bottle feeding tips and alternatives, oral-motor interventions, introducing spoon feeding) with video case studies
    • 12:30-1:30 – Lunch (on your own)
    • 1:30–3:00 – Practice spoon placement and handling techniques, squeeze bottle use and preparation of smooth pureed table foods
    • 3:00–3:15 – Break
    • 3:15-5:30 – Introduction and application of behavioral principles, clinical problem solving, video case examples

    Day Two

    • 7:30-8:00 – Registration/breakfast
    • 8:00-10:15 – Feeding problems and interventions for the “advanced” feeder (baseline evaluations, positioning, texture grading – preparation of texture graded pureed/chopped table foods, teaching chewing skills) with video case studies
    • 10:15-10:30 – Break
    • 10:30-12:30 – Continue interventions for the “advanced” feeder (teaching chewing skills, addressing food packing behavior, introduction of self feeding) with video case studies
    • 12:30-1:30 – Lunch (on your own)
    • 1:30-3:15 – Continue interventions for the “advanced” feeder (self feeding, cup drinking, straw drinking) with video case studies
    • 3:15-3:30 – Break
    • 3:30-5:30 – Treatment techniques for children with Autism and the “Picky” eater (food fading, systematic desensitization, structured mealtimes, reward programs) with video case examples

    Course Faculty:

    Elizabeth Clawson, MS, Ph.D., LCP, HSPP is an internationally renowned pediatric clinical psychologist known for her extensive work in the field of pediatric feeding disorders. Dr. Clawson is a dynamic and engaging speaker who is able to combine her clinical expertise with research based outcomes to support the intervention strategies presented in this course. Her clinical practice is at the Pediatric Feeding Program at St. Mary’s Center for Children in Evansville, Indiana. Dr. Clawson received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996. She completed her internship training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program. As behavioral director of the Children’s Feeding Program in Richmond, VA she collaborated with colleague Carol Elliott to develop the TR-eat™ model. She has presented and published extensively in the area of pediatrics.

    Carol Elliott, B.S., OTR/L is an internationally recognized and energetic speaker. She is a master clinician at Children’s Feeding Program at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia. Carol began her career in the area of pediatric Occupational Therapy in 1987 after receiving her degree at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. Since 1998 Carol has devoted her clinical practice to developing and implementing treatment techniques utilized in the TR-eat™ Model for children with complex feeding disorders. She provides treatment for infants through teenagers both in an outpatient clinic setting and as part of the Intensive Day Feeding Program. Along with her full time clinical practice, she has published multiple articles, conducted numerous presentations and has provided consultative services to other professionals and treatment centers in the area of pediatric feeding evaluation/treatment.

    Continuing Education Information

    This course is offered for 1.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

    Occupational Therapists will receive a certificate for 16 hours of continuing education credit (1.6 CEUs) for the completion of this two-day course.

    Attendees from other disciplines will also receive a certificate for 16 hours of continuing education credit for the completion of this two-day course.

    Disclosure Statements:

    Elizabeth Clawson, M.S, Ph.D., LCP., HSPP  is employed by St. Mary’s Center for Children, Evansville, IN and Pediatric Feeding Institute, Inc.

    Financial -  Employee and co-founder of the Pediatric Feeding Institute, Inc.   Receives honoraria and royalty payments for speaking and products developed by Pediatric Feeding Institute, Inc.

    Non-Financial – Employee of St. Mary’s Center for Children.  Receives no compensation for speaking/presenting or for patients referred for services at this center.  Has no relevant relationship with products or services described, reviewed, or compared in this presentation.

    Carol Elliott, B.S., OTR/L is employed by Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and Pediatric Feeding Institute, Inc.

    Financial -  Employee and co-founder of the Pediatric Feeding Institute, Inc.   Receives honoraria and royalty payments for speaking and products developed by Pediatric Feeding Institute, Inc.

    Non-Financial – Employee of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Richmond, VA.  Receives no compensation for speaking/presenting or for patients referred for services at this center.  Has no relevant relationship with products or services described, reviewed, or compared in this presentation.

    Refund Policy:

    You may cancel your registration up to 7 days before the workshop start date to receive a refund less $35 administrative fee. No-shows or cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the course are non-refundable but can be rescheduled for a future course date.