Feeding Therapy: It's Not Just about Swallowing

Date: April 24-25, 2020
Audience: SLP, OT
Course Level: Intermediate
Check in time: 8:00-8:30 
Course time: 8:30-4:30 
M Health Fairview Southdale
6401 France avenue S, Edina, MN 55435
International room
Contact hours: 13 
Course Fee: $425.00  Registrants will receive a free copy of Melanie's Book which will be used at the course:  "Adventures in Veggieland".  

Course intended to be completed in full. To be fair to the entire audience, attendees who are not present for the entire course will not be able to ask questions of the speaker.  Please note that the time-ordered agenda may shift if the speaker feels the need to elaborate on certain topics or condense information in order to meet the needs of the audience.  This course is a two-day course and any material not covered on the first day will be addressed on Day Two.  Full attendance on both days is vital for the best learning experience.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Fees will apply

Group Discounts:

If three people from the same organization register for a course, each person will receive a 10% discount. Four or more registered will receive a 15% discount. Please email or call ahead of time with the names of the people who will be registering as a group, [email protected] or 612-672-5607.

For Group discounts:  USE CODE rehab10 for 10% discount and rehab15 for 15% discount for group

Course Description:

This unique 2-day course benefits pediatric speech language pathologists and occupational therapists interested in the bigger picture pertaining to pediatric feeding disorders. Therapists want strategies to implement right away with their clients. Why do children have trouble eating? How are physiology, motor skills and behavior linked and how do the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strengthen that connection? How do family dynamics and parenting styles influence progress? Why is it that a child eats well in the clinic setting but cannot generalize those skills to the home and school? This course answers those questions, provides practical strategies to implement with a variety of clients, and focuses on setting children up for success for meeting functional objectives while utilizing the premise of ABA. Participants learn how to problem solve common roadblocks in eating and then continue to build progress by following a hierarchy of steps to success. Most importantly, this course emphasizes the importance of keeping the fun in feeding while developing consistent positive behaviors at mealtimes so that everyone in the family can enjoy their time together around the family table!


Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, treats children birth to teens who have difficulty eating.  Melanie’s advice has been shared in a variety of television and print media, including The New York Times, Huffington Post and Parents Magazine.  She is the co-author of the award-winningRaising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating(2015) andBaby Self-Feeding: Solutions for Introducing Purees and Solids to Create Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits(2016).  Her popular food activity book, titled Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes (2018) is based on the research and Melanie’s 20 years of success as a pediatric feeding therapist.  Melanie is the author of Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids (2010)  and the producer of the award-winning kids’ CD Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs that Celebrate the Joy of Food! .  Her children’s storybook includes tips for parents on how to use pretend play to encourage adventurous eating in kids ages two to six years.  You are Not an Otter: The Story of How Kids Become Adventurous Eaters and all of Melanie’s books can be found at www.amazon.com/author/melaniepotock.   Melanie’s live and online courses for parents and professionals can be found at www.MelaniePotock.com, along with her contact information.

Upon completing the 2-day seminar, participants will be able to:

  •  Discuss how protective behaviors develop when GI discomfort, sensory processing challenges, delayed gross and/or fine motor skills impact a   child’s willingness to eat
  •  Apply gentle, basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to the treatment of pediatric feeding clients
  •  List 5 strategies for improving tongue mobility and developing mature swallowing patterns in children
  •  Describe how to teach the following skills to toddlers and older: biting, chewing, swallowing independently, straw and open cup drinking
  • Implement a hierarchical method of problem solving to meet functional outcomes
  •  Understand how to problem solve new challenges with future clients by systematically breaking the task into smaller steps and teaching one step at a time

Day One:

8:00-8:30 AM Check in and Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 AM Introduction to Course and Understanding the four foundations for learning to eat 

10:00-10:15 AM Break

10:15-11:00 Understanding the four foundations for learning to eat ( cont.)

11:00-12:00 PM Basic principles of applied behavior analysis ( ABA)

12:00-12:30 PM Establishing stable oral motor pattern for eating

12:30-1:30 PM  Lunch ( on your own)

1:30-2:45 PM How to keep the fun in feeding: consistent progress with ABA

2:45-3:00 PM Break

3:00-4:30 PM Setting kids up for success: adapting food and parenting strategies at home

4:30 Adjourn

Day Two

8:30-9:00 AM Problem solving challenges in the school cafeteria

9:00-10:15 AM Case Study #1

10:15-10:30 AM Break

10:30-12:30 PM Case Study #2 and #3

12:30-1:30 PM Lunch ( on your own)

1:30-2:30 PM Case Study #4 with Q&A

2:30-2:45 PM Break

2:45-3:15 PM Oral motor strategies for developing the mature swallow pattern

3:15-4:00 PM A hierarchical approach to problem solving common roadblocks: refusing to sit, eating to slowly, throwing food and more

4:00 PM Self reflection requirement ( for CEUs) and Final Thoughts

4:30 Adjourn



This course is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEU's

( Professional Area, Intermediate Level)