Testimonials

When our son arrived at the feeding clinic, he was no stranger to hardship and obstacles.  Graham and his twin brother Davis were born at 26 weeks gestation and weighed only two pounds each.  Graham suffered from a host of medical set backs and he failed to thrive.  He underwent a Funduplication surgery to stop his severe reflux and received a Mickey Button/ Feeding Tube to meet his nutritional needs.  Graham was unable to eat or drink.  The stress and heartbreak of not being able to feed our baby was devastating.

When Graham entered the Feeding Program , our spirits were broken. We feared that our child would refuse to eat for life.  Graham was unable to swallow a drop of milk.  When he was presented with a pea size spoonful of yogurt, he would gag uncontrollably.  I remember being so overwhelmed and defeated.  Graham began  treatment with Occupational Therapist Carol Elliott.  From the day they met , Carol was able to forge a special  bond that eventually grew into Graham’s unbridled trust, respect and love.  Although Graham’s journey was plagued with medical set backs and surgeries , Carol never lost hope. She provided our family with  constructive feedback and skills that reinforced therapy.  Carol’s dedication was unwavering.

Thanks to her relentless efforts, our son eats and drinks like a champion.  His feeding tube is long gone and meal time is a pleasure.  Graham actually wants to be a chef!  Our family credits Carol and the Feeding Program with 100% of Graham’s success.  They not only have a protocol that works but they are special people with big hearts and more patience than one could ever imagine.  Graham is proof!

- S. Elliott, parent

Our 8-year-old son with autism had had feeding therapy since age 2. We had tried a purely behaviorial method and a purely sensory-based method. Neither was successful. No therapist could control his feeding jags, and his aversion to texture increased to the point that he refused to ingest anything other than Pediasure.

The TR-eatTM method got him eating again. TR-eatTM is the only method that took his developmental abilities into account, which meant that he was not being asked to eat foods that were physically difficult for him to eat. After 9 weeks with the TR-eatTM method, our son was eating 35 types of purees.

Our son now enjoys eating a variety of nutritious foods and is constantly incorporating new foods into his diet. He also has an oral-motor program to develop his strength and control for chewing. I am confident that he will not lapse into food jags again.

- Sarah T., parent

The combination of clinical skills and behavior management of eating made this course an excellent learning opportunity. Great case studies and clinical reasoning…specific treatment techniques were taught and practiced with excellent handouts to support the techniques.

- L. Sykes, OT : Rochester, NY

This seminar is fantastic!  Great integration of etiology, background information, practical applications and general treatment progression protocols and strategies.  Carol and Elizabeth are great, dynamic speakers receptive to questions and very helpful.

- J. Janis, OTR : Southbridge, MA

This was an incredibly informative and practical course. Intervention tips and techniques were extremely helpful. I can’t wait to implement these new ideas with my patients.

- J. Rabin, SLP/IBCLC : Northbrook, IL

I am a speech pathologist and mother of a child with a feeding tube.  The course gave me practical and immediately useable techniques to use with my daughter and clients.  The course also provides instruction regarding where to begin and goals to set for your clients with the most challenging feeding issues.  A must for anyone involved with feeding assessment and intervention.

- Valerie Wube, SLP : WA

This course was great!  It focused on the medical, behavioral, social and emotional aspects that affect children with feeding programs.  They covered a wide area of problems and provided simple, cost effective solutions to treat these children.  They gave us useful tools that we can take with us.  This class brought the entire perspective of feeding together.

- Ericka Griffin, OT : Bronx, NY

I have attended a wide variety of continuing education courses in my 13 years of clinical practice including at state and national conventions.  Dr. Clawson and Ms. Elliott’s course was unquestionably the only course that teaches a therapist rationale and specific techniques to help a wide variety of children with challenging feeding problems.  There is no better investment of your money and time than this course.  You can leave totally prepared to use proven evidence-based methods!

- Tiffany Spinos, SLP : Houston, TX

During my career as a speech pathologist, I’ve primarily worked with adults and only had one class in pediatric feeding/swallowing in college.  I went into the seminar knowing next to nothing about the topic and left feeling confident with the material.  Because of Carol and Elizabeth’s clear presentation with step by step instructions could comfortably implement approaches with a clear path for therapy.  The video case studies, visual aids/products and demonstrations were helpful and practical.  I will also consult the packet and abundant handouts to further guide me in my practice.

- Elizabeth Freuen, SLP : Eugene, OR

Thank you for sharing your expertise and giving clinicians and excellent research based pediatric feeding program!  I was empowered through the training and know that my clients and their parents will become empowered as a result.  Thank you for the gift you’ve offered our profession!

- G. Daugherty, SLP : Michigan

This is one of the most practical courses I have been to.  I really got the feeling that the speakers truly  want to teach me as much as they can yet not overwhelm.  The handouts are thorough and will be useful when implementing feeding therapy.

- K. Averell, OTR : Louisville, KY

Being new to feeding I was concerned that the content would be too advanced, but the information was presented in a very systematic and comprehensive fashion.  The video examples/case study/scenarios were very helpful.

- C. Hower, OTR/L

This course was excellent! Finally the answers and steps on how to deal with feeding problems. Thank you Carol and Elizabeth!!!

- N. Virley, OTR : Monroe, MI

This seminar was awesome! It filled the gaps from my professional training to what I need in my current job. The information was logical and systematic. I can’t wait to try out everything I’ve learned.

- K. Annino, SLP : Middletown, CT

This was a thorough course from start to finish, addressing all ages, developmental levels and skill levels of pediatric feeding. I went in knowing next to nothing and left with a clear plan for cases.

- K. Lewis, OTR : Nashville, TN

Two amazing professionals who have skillfully merged essential components of challenging feeding interventions. A course that should be required for any practitioner ever working with feeding issues.

- P. Schafir, OTR : Berkley, CA

A comprehensive lesson for children across a wide range of age groups with a variety of medical and developmental delays, and facilitated a positive eating procedure for all! This was helpful from a therapist view point and as a parent.

- R. Wenz, SLP : Utica, NY

Carol and Betsy are amazing at the “just right challenge” so children and parents succeed! The course is a must.

- M. Klein, OTR : Tucson, AZ

I am a speech pathologist and mother of a child with a feeding tube.  The course gave me practical and immediately useable techniques to use with my daughter and clients.  The course also provides instruction regarding where to begin and goals to set for your clients with the most challenging feeding issues.  A must for anyone involved with feeding assessment and intervention.

- V. Wiebe, SLP : Federal Way, WA

This course was amazing.  It provided me with invaluable evaluation and treatment techniques to make huge improvement with children who have had a long battle with feeding issues.

- K. Persson, OT : Stoddard, NH

The course provided me with good insight into systematic structured approach to pediatric feeding

- A. Antoni,SLP : Ketchikan, AK

This course felt more like a very informative conversation rather than an “in-service.” The presenters were knowledgeable and very open to questions.  They provided lost of useful information – both verbal and written.  Many of their handouts will be useful to parents as well as professionals.

- P. Earnest, SLP : Columbia, CT

Very organized, thorough approach to a very complicated topic.  Speakers were incredibly knowledgeable and clearly answered questions.  Video demonstrations exceptionally helpful…I am ready to try these strategies at work on Monday.

- N. Stultz, OTR : Frederick, MD

I loved the step by step instructions. Did not rush through topics.  Videos were great, showing actual process that had been discussed.

- P. McGough, OTR : Euless,TX

This was a comprehensive lesson for children across a wide range of age groups with a variety of medical and developmental delays, and facilitated a positive eating procedure for all!   This was helpful from a therapist view point and as a parent.

- R. Wenz,SLP : Utica, NY

This course was a great picture as “feeding” as a whole from medical to food/diet expanding. Presenters gave many examples/case studies that supplement the learning throughout the course.

- J. Hietala, SLP : Boise, ID

I have taken many feeding courses and this is the most complete and practical – great review and new information. The handouts and the guides are extremely helpful. Thank you!

- M. Herman, OTR/L