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Course # 5367
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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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

(2410 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 2410 reviews

Review by: Melanie on July 29, 2014
Organized, lots of information and examples
Review by: kathleen on July 23, 2014
good content
Review by: Sara on July 23, 2014
Very interesting. Good overview for someone with little experience in this area.
Review by: Mellyssa on July 21, 2014
The manner in which the information was presented.
Review by: Susan on July 19, 2014
It was very informative.
Review by: Heather on July 16, 2014
A nice overview of problem vs picky eaters, and how we can best help them in therapy.
Review by: Ronda on July 15, 2014
I liked how topics were listed by steps and definitions were provided. It was easy to read.
Review by: Natalie on July 15, 2014
Very organized and comprehensive
Review by: Perrie on July 9, 2014
I like the SOS principals described
Review by: Teresa on July 9, 2014
I love the concise breakdown of different types of techniqes to apply, great job!
Review by: Tahnya on July 6, 2014
very well organized and presented in a very structured, organized, clear and concrete manner which made it easy to understand
Review by: Lisa on June 30, 2014
Review by: Elizabeth on June 30, 2014
Examples provided and variety of possible therapy approaches to use
Review by: Diana on June 29, 2014
Very interesting and well organized
Review by: Heidi on June 29, 2014
Good examples given
Review by: Sarah on June 26, 2014
Clear cut and precise
Review by: Cynthia on June 24, 2014
Good information, nice overview. I understand the fundamentals of feeding therapy but I think I can better explain some ideas to the parents.
Review by: Stephanie on June 23, 2014
Review by: Thelma on June 17, 2014
Comprehensive info from assessment to treatment that is very practical and hands-on!
Review by: Tina on June 16, 2014
A lot of useful and practical information.
Review by: Gennifer on June 9, 2014
Great question/answer section
Review by: Rex on June 2, 2014
Very informative
Review by: Jessica on May 31, 2014
Clear organization and real life examples.
Review by: Jeanette on May 22, 2014
Examples of strategies
Review by: rebecca on May 22, 2014
Good review of evidence. Examples that were provided were excellent.
Review by: Janet on May 5, 2014
I really liked that it that there were multiple methods presented, to try with problem eaters.
Review by: Christopher on April 29, 2014
Nice step by step input.
Review by: Nicole on April 27, 2014
Easy to read
Review by: Lisa on April 26, 2014
Concise and to the point
Review by: Geraldine on April 18, 2014
There was a thorough explanation of terminology.
Review by: Katrina on April 10, 2014
Interesting materials and good use of real life examples.
Review by: Dawn on April 9, 2014
introduced new techniques i had not considered into introducing oral foods to my pediatric patients receiving enteral feedings
Review by: Megan on April 8, 2014
logical and well organized
Review by: Arezu on April 8, 2014
it was new information and I was very interested as the population I work with also present with feeding issues at times.
Review by: kalaiselvi on April 5, 2014
approaches used in treating these children
Review by: Alyce on April 5, 2014
Broken down into clear simple steps with good examples!
Review by: Susan on April 3, 2014
Great content and examples.
Review by: Judith on March 31, 2014
multiple short definitions
Review by: Kirsten on March 28, 2014
very well organized
Review by: Tylease on March 17, 2014
Training material very specific with plenty of valid explanation
Review by: Valerie on March 3, 2014
I really enjoyed this course. I work with the geriatric population however I loved learning about this topic. Very well done!
Review by: Elizabeth on March 2, 2014
Learned some new information regarding the interaction of different treatment modes.
Review by: Julia on February 26, 2014
Easy to follow, provided lots of useful examples
Review by: Elnora on February 22, 2014
Well organized. Clear explanations and examples.
Review by: Melissa on February 19, 2014
I haven't had much pediatric feeding experience - this was a good intro
Review by: Katrina on February 17, 2014
Easily explained and organized well. Nice, clear examples.
Review by: maria on February 14, 2014
East to understand
Review by: Kristin on February 8, 2014
I loved the examples given with different steps for children to increase tolerance with a nonpreffered food.
Review by: Mary on February 4, 2014
Nice examples, very nicely explained
Review by: Terri on January 30, 2014
Practical information well presented to implement in therapy.
Review by: Jo on January 30, 2014
great organization and information
Review by: Crystal on January 26, 2014
The organization and examples of material.
Review by: Adrian on January 21, 2014
The methodical approach.
Review by: Peter on January 14, 2014
Applicable information and therapy techniques to apply to the population that I work with most often, birth to 5
Review by: Susan on January 6, 2014
Well organized
Review by: Mary on January 1, 2014
Very clear and organized information
Review by: Christine on January 1, 2014
Clear and Concise
Review by: Kelli on December 31, 2013
very organized
Review by: teya on December 31, 2013
organized ideas/solutions
Review by: Diana on December 30, 2013
new informative material, info i can use toorrow
Review by: Hannah on December 30, 2013
Organized information to each approach.
Review by: Jessica on December 30, 2013
fantastic breakdown of info
Review by: myrna on December 30, 2013
Presented good examples of how the methods discussed worked on her clients.
Review by: Julie on December 30, 2013
Very knowledgeable presenter! Great info!
Review by: Nina on December 30, 2013
provided good strategies in treatment
Review by: Sarah on December 30, 2013
Great practical examples
Review by: Diane on December 30, 2013
Review by: Jennifer on December 30, 2013
It gave solid information to address behaviors
Review by: Scott on December 30, 2013
Great information!
Review by: Katie on December 30, 2013
description/definition of techniques
Review by: Jennifer on December 30, 2013
well organized
Review by: Christa on December 30, 2013
Gives a plan of approach with working to help a problem eater
Review by: Rosemarie on December 29, 2013
Incorporating behavioral techniques
Review by: Elizabeth on December 29, 2013
provided good information regarding picky and problematic eaters
Review by: Beverly on December 29, 2013
I enjoyed how simple the slides and information were to follow.
Review by: Kristen on December 29, 2013
Very clear, concise and informative
Review by: Jessica on December 29, 2013
Good reminder of feeding interventions that are successful and that there are many steps in the process.
Review by: Amy on December 28, 2013
Clear information
Review by: Jason on December 28, 2013
great steps for therapy planning
Review by: Maxine on December 28, 2013
organized well, good follow-up to her intro course
Review by: Carol on December 28, 2013
Very easy to follow and understand.
Review by: Dina on December 27, 2013
very well organized
Review by: Marco on December 27, 2013
Review by: Donna on December 26, 2013
Very good explanations and examples of each stage and principle.
Review by: Christine on December 24, 2013
clear and organized
Review by: Angie on December 24, 2013
Clearly defined terms and approaches.Intetesting role for slps
Review by: Janel on December 23, 2013
Information and treatment strategies
Review by: Lizajoy on December 23, 2013
Review by: Erin on December 22, 2013
Good review of behavioral therapy, very useful breakdown.
Review by: Robin on December 21, 2013
Clear outline in paragraph form, easy to follow, great examples of how to use the material in therapy
Review by: Megan on December 18, 2013
Provided examples of each step/technique
Review by: Alina on December 18, 2013
This course was very informative and I can use the information I learned with my EI population
Review by: Christine on December 17, 2013
Review by: Jennifer on December 15, 2013
Excellent organization of information and very useful information.
Review by: Brenna on December 15, 2013
good information interesting and written well
Review by: Patricia on December 15, 2013
Easy to follow and understand.
Review by: Sherri on December 14, 2013
Great case studies. I appreciated the use of examples preceding definitions
Review by: Allison on December 14, 2013
concisely presented
Review by: marsha on December 12, 2013
excelent review of strategies
Review by: julie on December 11, 2013
easy to read, well organized

Course Information

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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 is also a previous presenter with  Jennifer received ASHA’s ACE award in 2010 and again in 2011.  She became a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in August 2011.

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Continuing Education Information

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

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit.

Please Note: The CEU exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

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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

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for 1.0 hours of EI credential credit. See for information about credit areas.

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.

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.

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