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Treating the Picky and Problem Eater

Treating the Picky and Problem Eater

Jennifer Dahms, M.S., CCC-SLP

April 5, 2012
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This text-based course is a written transcript of the live event, "Treating the Picky and Problem Eater”, presented by Jennifer Dahms, MS/CCC-SLP, BRS-S on March 26, 2012.

>> Amy Hansen: Welcome to today's expert seminar titled, “Treating the Picky and Problem Eater,” presented by Jennifer Dahms, MS/CCC-SLP, BRS-S.  Jennifer Dahms is a pediatric speech therapist in Boise, Idaho.  She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin‑Milwaukee.  She has worked in pediatric outpatient clinics and Birth‑to‑Three programs in both Wisconsin and Idaho, and currently has her own private practice, Valley Pediatric Feeding, LLC.  Jennifer has dedicated her continuing education and professional focus on pediatric dysphagia.  She has presented on pediatric feeding disorders at the Idaho Speech and Hearing Association's annual convention as well as at the Mountain Area Speech and Hearing Convention in 2008.  Jennifer presented on pediatric feeding disorders in the Idaho State University winter symposium in 2009.  She is also a previous presenter with us at SpeechPathology.com.  She has received  ASHA's ACE award in 2010 and in 2011.  She became a board recognized specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders in August of 2011.  Welcome, Jennifer, we're so pleased to have you joining us today.

>> Jennifer Dahms:  Thanks Amy.  I'm so happy to be back with you today.  Thanks for inviting me back.  Today we're going to talk about treating the picky and problem eater. 

Course Objectives

  • To define the differences between picky and problem eating. 
  • To describe medical conditions that can affect the eating process.  We will talk a lot about this today because it can be as important as the therapy you're actually providing the child. 
  • To describe the eight steps of Food Chaining.  There are actually six main steps and then there are two specialty areas, one for pre‑chaining and one for special populations. 
  • To describe the levels of the SOS approach and give examples of their application. 
  • To discuss several different methods of applying a behavioral intervention to limited eating. 

I have a few questions.  How many therapists in the audience are working with picky eaters? It looks like quite a few of you.  Who is currently treating problem eaters?  Again, there are quite a few of you.  We will learn the difference between the two.  I have a feeling after today we might decide more of your picky eaters are problem eaters based on what we learn about them. 

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jennifer dahms

Jennifer Dahms, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jennifer Dahms is a pediatric speech pathologist in Boise, Idaho. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She has worked in pediatric outpatient clinics and Birth-to-Three programs in both Wisconsin and Idaho and currently has her own private practice, Valley Pediatric Feeding, LLC. Jennifer has dedicated her continuing education and professional focus on pediatric dysphagia. She has presented on pediatric feeding disorders at the Idaho Speech and Hearing Association's annual convention as well as at the Inter Mountain Area Speech and Hearing Convention in 2008. Jennifer also presented on pediatric feeding disorders in the schools at Idaho State University's Winter Symposium in 2009. She received ASHA's ACE award in 2010.



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