This digital seminar is currently on pre-order meaning that the video will not be ready until 2-3 weeks after the program has taken place.
Children do not present with one area of difficulty when it comes to feeding – it is typically a mix of behavior, sensory and oral-motor issues. As a result, we need to learn how to adjust on the fly when a child throws us a curveball in a session that doesn’t fit with our treatment plan.
In this recording, I will show you how to use a roadmap to navigate the muddy waters of feeding and learn how to seamlessly move between sensory, motor and behavior strategies to create the best-individualized treatment plan for each child.
Through video case examples, I will show you treatment strategies, and hands-on exercises to gain the knowledge needed to successfully treat feeding difficulties.
You’ll walk away with advanced techniques to:
Evaluate the causes of mealtime difficulties: behavior, sensory, oral motor, or a combination
Increase the range of foods, decrease rigidity around mealtimes
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
Educate parents and caregivers to promote carryover at home
Increase self-regulation around feeding
Increase food play and exploration to increase food acceptance
Don’t miss out! Learn how to put all the pieces together for children with complex feeding issues.
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Jessica Hunt, OTR/L, is well-known for her experience in treating pediatric sensory processing disorders in both the home and clinical settings. She serves children by bringing her feeding expertise directly into the home setting through her company J.L. Hunt Therapeutics. Previously Mrs. Hunt worked for 10 years at Kaufman Children’s Center as the director of occupational therapy and sensory integrations programs and then as the director of feeding and oral motor programs. She is certified in sensory integration, receiving her Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification in 2008 and she had studied with Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, who is nationally recognized for sensory research, education, and treatment.
Ms. Hunt received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Wayne State University in 2003. She gained expertise in “picky eating,” oral-motor therapy through trainings that include, the Beckman Protocol, and Talk Tools, behaviors issues with feeding, feeding strategies for children who have autism, and treating medically challenging child. She is also trained in craniofacial therapy, advanced training in Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening System, and Handwriting without Tears.
Mrs. Hunt is also the notable recipient of the 2011 Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Award of Excellence.
Financial: Jessica Hunt maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Jessica Hunt has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Articulate the complexities of feeding and the sensory, behavioral and motor factors that play a role in a child’s ability to eat.
Explore the neurological basis for how and why many feeding aversions develop and continue.
Connect the misconceptions about feeding and the implications on a child’s feeding experience.
Differentiate between sensory overload and behaviors to effectively apply treatment strategies.
Describe which muscles are needed for chewing and swallowing to better identify when dysfunction in the muscle is occurring.
Implement play approaches to increase types of foods.
Use various behaviors and sensory techniques to increase regulation at the table.
Implement oral motor exercises and strategies to promote feeding patterns such as rotary chewing pattern, lip closure, and tongue lateralization.
Explore the progression of food texture and choice foods that match the sensory and motor skills.
Demonstrate the use of behavior strategies effectively to increase compliance during therapy.
Explore unique challenges with various diagnoses such as autism, cerebral palsy and more to modify treatment accordingly.
Support and guide the parents, caregivers, and other family members through often emotional or stressful mealtimes.
The Complexities of Feeding
Definition and prevalence – new information; move toward Pediatric Feeding Disorder
Overlap of sensory processing skills, oral motor skills and behaviors
Normal developmental key points
Trauma, feeding and impact on brain
NICU and medical trauma, NG Tubes, trachotmesty, etc.
Negative experience around feeding gagging, retching, pain with eating …
Evaluation of Feeding Skills
Differentiate between sensory overload and behaviors during feeding
Activity analysis of feeding – Evaluation videos and group analysis
Information obtained – what questions to ask
Oral motor evaluation – jaw, lips, tongue strength; range of motion for feeding
Hands-on draw to learn lab
Sensory Integration Strategies
Research-backed sensory play-based approach
Decrease sensory over-responsivity to foods
Use food exploration/cooking for older kids
Self-regulation to engage body during feeding
Therapeutic use of music
Oral Motor Skills
Lab – Oral motor exercises, kineseotaping, stretching
Children who don’t swallow safely – saliva management, increase swallowing …
Food in Therapy Taste Lab – Sensory feedback and motor requirement needed for each food texture
Progression of food texture
Match food presented in therapy to child’s sensory needs and motor skills
Behaviors During Mealtimes: Environmental Strategies to Set Children Up for Success
Manage common mealtime behaviors – throwing foods, not sitting, crying during mealtimes
Increase cooperation using the “just right challenge”
Shift between treatment frameworks
How to use the “feeding roadmap”
Children who don’t eat by mouth/G-Tube
Medically complex children
Promote Carry-Over At Home
Educate parents who are stressed and in survival mode
Help families have realistic expectations
Easy-to-implement home programs that parents will do
Help parents to change the relationship between child and food
Occupational Therapist Assistants
Other Behavioral Health Professionals
Please note that the product you are purchasing is a pre-order and has not yet been recorded.
Typically, it is 2-3 weeks after the program date before the digital seminar will be available. If you decide to purchase, you will be notified when the product is ready to view.
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and CE Certificate. The standard price of this program includes the CE Certificate for the main viewer.