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Complex Feeding Issues: Sensory, Motor, and Behavior Techniques for Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other Developmental Delays, 4/21/2017 12:00:00 AM CDT, Digital Seminar More info »
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Complex Feeding Issues: Sensory, Motor, and Behavior Techniques for Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other Developmental Delays

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Jessica Hunt
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  • Sensory treatment strategies to keep mealtimes peaceful
  • Decrease food jags for Autism
  • Blend motor and sensory strategies to address feeding delays
  • Deep breathing and proprioceptive input to address self-regulation at the table

Do you work with special needs children who cry or scream, throw food, refuse to sit at a table and eat, or refuse to try new foods? Do you know children who eat only a limited number of foods or only eat the same food over and over? Is going to a restaurant out of the question for the families you work with?

Attend this seminar to get the strategies you need to make mealtimes more peaceful and positive!

You will learn much more than the sensory issues causing these feeding difficulties; we will examine behavior issues as well as oral motor difficulties. Through the use of video case examples, I will show you treatment strategies, demonstrations, and hands on exercises to gain the knowledge needed to successfully treat feeding difficulties in children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and more.

Walk away with advanced techniques to:

  • Evaluate the causes of mealtime difficulties: behavior, sensory, oral motor, or a combination
  • Increase range of foods, decrease food jags
  • Blend motor and sensory to address feeding delays in cerebral palsy
  • Increase jaw strength and decrease ineffective lip closure, or poor tongue lateralization
  • Use deep breathing and proprioceptive input to address self-regulation at the table
  • Develop tactile, auditory and smell to increase participation for kids w/decreased vision or cortical impairment
  • Educate parents and caregivers to promote carryover at home



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: This activity is designed to qualify for continuing education for the following professionals in every state: Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals

Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this activity. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.




PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.


CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number BAP #77. This course qualifies for 6.3 continuing education credits.

** Florida Particpants Only: To automatically be reported to CE Broker, after completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, please contact to have your Florida credits reported to CE Broker. You will need to provide the full title of the webcast, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name and your license number in the email.


Approved for 7.5 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.


PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.



This course is offered for .6 live ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists  & Audiologists who participate in the live webcast will be required to complete additional steps if they want their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.


This activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



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Jessica Hunt, OTRL, is the director of occupational therapy and sensory integration programs at the prestigious Kaufman Children's Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor and Social Connections, Inc., in West Bloomfield, MI. She has extensive experience in pediatric occupational therapy and sensory integration in both the home and clinic settings. In addition, Jessica is trained in "picky eating", oral-motor therapy including the Beckman protocol, Talk Tools® and craniosacral therapy. She has advanced training in Therapeutic Listening® and Samonas Sound Therapy. Jessica is certified in Handwriting Without Tears®, Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and is an Interactive Metronome® program consultant.

Jessica completed an intensive mentorship with Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR, (founder of the first nationally comprehensive Sensory Processing Disorder research program), and was the recipient of the 2011 Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Award of Excellence.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jessica Hunt receives compensation as the Director of Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Programs for Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Social Connections, Inc. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jessica Hunt has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Evaluate how sensory processing, behavior and oral motor skills impact or interfere with each child’s ability to eat.
  2. Role play how to implement sensory techniques during and prior to meal times to address difficulties such as not wanting to touch certain foods or sitting at the table.
  3. Implement oral motor exercises and strategies to promote feeding patterns such as rotary chewing pattern, lip closure and tongue lateralization.
  4. Explore the misconceptions about feeding that impact special needs children.
  5. Explore the behaviors that interfere with eating and learn strategies to address the behavior.
  6. Learn how to support and guide the parents, caregivers and other family members through often emotional or stressful meal times.

Complex Feeding Issues

  • Common misconceptions explained
  • Overlap of sensory processing skills, oral motor skills and behaviors
  • Normal development key points

Evaluation of Feeding Skills

  • Observations: sensory or behavior responses
  • Oral motor evaluation for jaw, lips, and tongue strength and range of motion for feeding
  • Foods that give you information quick
  • Quick sensory tasks for a sensory profile
  • Case study: Putting it all together.
  • Video of evaluations, and case studies



  • Address food jags
  • Make food fun: sticks, cubes and more to increase oral motor skills
  • Address mealtime behaviors such as not sitting and throwing food
  • Easy ways to regulate arousal at the table using breathing and proprioceptive input
  • Systemic desensitization to address tactile over responsivity
  • Video case study

Cerebral Palsy

  • Oral motor exercises to promote rotary chewing, tongue lateralization and lip closure
  • Easy techniques to Increase under responsivity
  • Tone management for increased range of motion in lips and cheeks
  • Hand to mouth connection
  • Handling and seating techniques
  • Exercises to decrease tongue thrust
  • Sensory input to increase oral motor muscle responsivity
  • Stretching the oral facial muscle to regulate tone for chewing and straw drinking
  • Video case examples

Other Development Delays (Down Syndrome, Failure to Thrive, and Global Delays)

  • Easy sensory techniques for children with decreased vision and cortical vision impairment
  • Address cognitive delays using sensory processing and motor skills
  • Oral motor exercises and “mealtime concepts” for children who do not eat by mouth
  • Failure to thrive: make fun food and increase interest
  • Video case examples

Promote Carry- Over at Home

  • Education of family and caregiver on complexity of feeding
  • Create peaceful mealtime at home through routine
  • Easy oral motor exercises during play and mealtimes
  • Easy sensory activities to promote attention and regulation during mealtime
Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals

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