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Course # 5339
Treating the Picky and Problem Eater

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; IL EITP/1.0; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

Children who demonstrate picky and problem eating behaviors are some of the more difficult populations to treat as their difficulties with eating can consume the entire family. After the feeding evaluation is completed, the feeding therapist will need to determine which strategy is most appropriate for the child. It is important, regardless of which technique is chosen, that a family can complete activities with a high level of repetition at home.
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This course was recorded on March 27, 2012


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to define the differences between picky and problem eating.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe medical conditions that can affect the eating process.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the six steps of food chaining.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the levels of the SOS approach and give examples of their application.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe several different methods of applying a behavioral intervention approach to limited eating.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Course Objectives and Introduction
5-10 Minutes Definitions
10-15 Minutes GI and Nutritional Concerns
15-25 Minutes Food Chaining
25-35 Minutes SOS Approach
35-50 Minutes Behavioral Therapy
50-55 Minutes Research/Case Examples
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Average Rating

(917 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 917 reviews

Review by: Candace on July 26, 2015
Information about shaping and habituation, as well as giving us a thorough background of causes of problem eaters.
Review by: Ann on July 24, 2015
The practical implications were great because they gave very useful ideas that can be tried by clinicians immediately in their practice.
Review by: Toni-Marie on July 21, 2015
She was very articulate and knowledgeable.
Review by: Janis on July 16, 2015
very organized
Review by: Carolyn on July 15, 2015
Provided thorough information on process of eating disorders and therapeutic techniques to deal with them
Review by: Sarah on July 14, 2015
Very knowledgeable speaker.
Review by: Lauren on July 13, 2015
It was information I did not consider with previous patients I have worked with in the past who were children and might have had feeding disorders.
Review by: Aarti on July 12, 2015
Review by: Beth on July 9, 2015
Review by: Jo on July 8, 2015
had subtitles
Review by: Frances on July 2, 2015
Very clear and really broke down steps that are "do-able" in therapy. Instilled confidence for incremental approaches
Review by: Brittany on June 30, 2015
It was informative and easy to follow.
Review by: Erin on June 29, 2015
Very clear examples of therapeutic techniques
Review by: Crystal on June 28, 2015
This information can be easily applied!
Review by: Julie on June 28, 2015
Excellent course. It was very organized and she used great examples.
Review by: Holly on June 26, 2015
This course provided a lot of useful information in an area I do not currently have a lot of experience.
Review by: Anne on June 24, 2015
the discrimination between picky eaters and problem feeders.
Review by: Bridget on June 24, 2015
presentation of content was clear, topic was interesting
Review by: Joan on June 23, 2015
Good info- I like how she addressed different approaches
Review by: Cristina on June 22, 2015
Very clearly presented in a logical fashion
Review by: Kim on June 21, 2015
instructor's knowledge base and examples
Review by: Ellie on June 18, 2015
Informative and helpful
Review by: Karol on June 18, 2015
Well organized steps
Review by: Sarah on June 12, 2015
It will help me with my own picky eater
Review by: Bronwyn on June 11, 2015
Good organization and easily accessible information for professionals not familiar with the topic.
Review by: Katherine on June 10, 2015
I enjoyed the 3 case studies that outlined each therapeutic approach. The pictures to go along with the description of the session helped me to imagine how I would implement these approaches with another child.
Review by: Callie on June 10, 2015
well put together
Review by: Julie on June 9, 2015
It was interesting to learn about varying programs to help parents with their picky eaters! I appreciated the resources, too!
Review by: Erica on June 9, 2015
Easy to follow - power point was simple and clear. I appreciated her examples. I also enjoyed the Q&A at the end. Resources were nice as well.
Review by: Davina on June 3, 2015
Very informative and concise, clearly presented.
Review by: Stephanie on May 29, 2015
The presentation was very easy to follow and the information was clear and concise!
Review by: susan on May 29, 2015
Presenter was highly knowledgeable of subject.
Review by: Gianna on May 29, 2015
The clear progression of strategies and specific examples
Review by: Steven on May 28, 2015
Very straightfoward and easy to follow. Used very good examples and I was able to take the information and use it with my caseload.
Review by: Janie on May 26, 2015
It went through various techniques and various methods of treating feeding patients and did not stick to just one. This fact led to a more comprehensive view to treating feeding patients.
Review by: Susan on May 21, 2015
I had NO prior experience in this area. I felt the presenter made it easy to understand and was very structured in approaches that could be utilized.
Review by: ELLEN on May 21, 2015
I am an adult acute care/outpatient therapist, and have never worked with 'picky eaters' I was asked to take an outpatient, who is a 4 year old child with this issue. I knew NOTHING about performing therapy in this area, and informed the parents of this fact. They were willing to give it a try, anyway....by taking this course, I was able to provide a great deal of education with them and to at least have a starting place for my therapy. Thank you!!
Review by: Kristin on May 13, 2015
Great information and presenter.
Review by: Melissa on May 13, 2015
The topic was a new one for me and the presenter was very easy to understand.
Review by: Kristen on May 10, 2015
Very informative about explaining the many factors that influence picky or problem eaters
Review by: Morag on May 5, 2015
Great, comprehensive overview. Well presented, clear, and a good pace.
Review by: Kaci on April 29, 2015
Excellent explanation of steps.
Review by: Kristin on April 27, 2015
very easy to follow
Review by: Danielle on April 25, 2015
Very vague overview. Did not give specific therapy ideas.
Review by: Karissa on April 25, 2015
Case examples & also the transcript of what the speaker said helped me get information I missed the first time.
Review by: Jennifer on April 23, 2015
Great format with practical info first and then research to back it up
Review by: Natalie on April 22, 2015
I feel like the presenter gave enough information and definitions on each point without going over board.
Review by: Julie on April 19, 2015
great presentation
Review by: Laura on April 19, 2015
The presenter was very knowledgeable.
Review by: Reilly on April 14, 2015
well organized, lots of great ideas and techniques
Review by: Michele on April 12, 2015
new informatin
Review by: Sara on April 8, 2015
Very clear
Review by: Callie on April 7, 2015
Clear, concise handouts; excellent that parent as well as therapist resource list were included
Review by: Michelle on April 7, 2015
another fantastic course on speechpathology.com! Loved the examples of chaining.
Review by: Anna on April 6, 2015
Information provided was very clinically relevant.
Review by: melissa on March 31, 2015
great samples of techniques
Review by: Siglen on March 26, 2015
info you can quickly implement
Review by: Carrie on March 26, 2015
great info.
Review by: Christina on March 26, 2015
It covered several specific problem areas including definitions and examples.
Review by: Randi on March 26, 2015
Clear, easy to follow information. It was a nice brush-up.
Review by: Alisha on March 24, 2015
great information and examples
Review by: Lauren on March 22, 2015
I appreciated the personal and clinical examples that illustrated the technical concepts.
Review by: Nancy on March 22, 2015
I have a lot of feeding cases on my caseload. This course was a great refresher of useful techniques and guidelines during therapy.
Review by: Andrea on March 22, 2015
Well-organized, pertinent information
Review by: Karin on March 20, 2015
Information was good
Review by: Beth on March 20, 2015
the content
Review by: Sharon on March 16, 2015
Review by: Sarah on March 15, 2015
Good overview and examples.
Review by: Danielle on March 8, 2015
The examples
Review by: Monica on March 8, 2015
Great examples.
Review by: Roy on March 1, 2015
The presenter was very knowledgeable and her explanations were easy to follow.
Review by: Allyson on February 26, 2015
Presentation was concise and followed handouts well for support.
Review by: Caylee on February 25, 2015
It really helped me understand the difference between a picky eater and a problem eater.
Review by: Nicole on February 23, 2015
Very informative and useful for my current position.
Review by: Allison on February 18, 2015
It was extremely practical and can be readily used in therapy.
Review by: Katherine on February 16, 2015
Course content, organization, treatment ideas
Review by: Barbara on January 30, 2015
Clear descriptions of examples
Review by: Susan on January 27, 2015
Very clear examples provided. Good resource list.
Review by: Suzanne (Sue) on January 26, 2015
Good information, well presented.
Review by: Julie on January 23, 2015
Good information, presented in a clear and concise manner.
Review by: Susan on January 21, 2015
Great examples and resource recommendations!
Review by: Allison on January 21, 2015
Well presented and easy to follow.
Review by: Laura on January 16, 2015
I appreciated the ideas shared, particularly within the SOS approach.
Review by: Anne on January 9, 2015
Material presented in an easy to understand manner. Many helpful tips were provided. Good examples were shared to enhance understanding of the different techniques.
Review by: Mariya on January 8, 2015
great information, thorough real-life cases/scenarios, and great resources/citations
Review by: Courtney on January 4, 2015
The Examples
Review by: Rhonda on December 31, 2014
Review by: Cindy on December 31, 2014
Material very well organized. Presented well. Wish there was more time.
Review by: Margaret on December 30, 2014
Very informative with multiple examples and ideas
Review by: Maria on December 30, 2014
Good introductory course with lots of descriptive information. The q & a indicated that most of us therapists are already doing what was described and need more information on how to proceed week after week to see progress.
Review by: TIFFANY on December 29, 2014
Summary of different approaches
Review by: Melissa on December 28, 2014
Good overall explanation.
Review by: Alana on December 28, 2014
Good practical info and q & a
Review by: Steven on December 28, 2014
she gave some examples of children that she is working with and discussed some of the process that she used with them that was helpful.
Review by: Amy on December 27, 2014
There were some nice examples.
Review by: Samantha on December 27, 2014
Lots of helpful, practical information and examples were provided.
Review by: Holly on December 23, 2014
very thorough but concise on the 3 main treatment approaches for treating problem eaters.
Review by: Kathryn on December 21, 2014
clear and concise
Review by: Carrie on December 18, 2014
The presenter appears very knowledgeable and experienced on the subject. She provided excellent examples to enhance understanding.
Review by: Darshell on December 10, 2014
This topic can be discussed at length but the presenter did a great job with only presenting information that was relevant. I felt that ALL of the information was helpful. I wasn't bored or confused.

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Course Presenter

jennifer dahms

Jennifer Dahms, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Jennifer Dahms is a pediatric speech therapist 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 has been a previous presenter with speechpathology.com in 2011 and 2012, discussing topics on picky and problem eaters.  Most recently, Jennifer presented with Gawenda Seminars in 2013 on pediatric swallowing disorders.  She has received ASHA’s ACE award in 2010 and 2011.  Jennifer also earned the Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders distinction in August 2011.

Disclosure: Financial Disclosure: Owner of private practice, Valley Pediatric Feeding, LLC. No nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; IL EITP/1.0; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

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Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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