Live Webinar for Pediatric Therapists. Complete All Sessions for 13.5 Contact Hours (1.35 CEUs)
April 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 2024
5:40 pm EST • 4:40 pm CST • 3:40 pm MST • 2:40 pm PST (US)
Clinicians will be taught the necessary components of a comprehensive evaluation of feeding problems including those encountered by children with oral motor dysfunction, ankyloglossia, oral motor inexperience, oral hypersensitivity, behavioral rigidity and anxiety as seen in children with cardiac issues, prematurity, ASD, syndromes and SPD. Focus will be on a holistic treatment approach for challenging feeding disorders that are characteristically seen with tube dependency, oral inexperience, severe oral hypersensitivity, rigid eating patterns, and difficulty transitioning to table foods. Participants will leave with a comprehensive therapy tool-box including suggestions for reducing mealtime stress, improving oral competence and thus confidence and ensuring family carryover. Video case analysis will enhance problem-solving in hospital.
Participants will leave with a comprehensive therapy toolbox including suggestions for reducing mealtime stress and anxiety and ensuring family carryover. Video case analysis will enhance problem-solving in hospital, school, home, and private practice settings.
- Identify children who are appropriate for oral functional therapy
- Choose the components of a holistic evaluation for complex feeding problems to reduce mealtime stress, improve oral competence and increase confidence ensuring family carryover
- Apply at least 3 treatment goals to address barriers to normal eating patterns
- Determine the appropriate intensity of therapy to address a feeding impairment
- Select an evidence-based treatment to address a feeding impairment related to oral motor dysfunction, ankyloglossia, oral motor inexperience, oral hypersensitivity, behavioral rigidity and/or anxiety
This course is designed for those who care for children (infant through school age) with complex feeding disorders; Dietitians, OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs, SLPs, Psychologists and Special Educators.
Polly Tarbell engages students with her dynamic presentation style and deep expertise gained over 20 years as a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding disorders. She currently works at the University of Virginias Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is the director of the nationally-known Encouragement Feeding Program, through which she has directly seen over 340 children with complex feeding disorders. Ms. Tarbell has published a peer-reviewed article in Infants and Young Children regarding weaning children from gastrostomy tubes and has co-published a chapter in Communication Sciences and Disorders: An Introduction, 2006. She currently lectures at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education regarding pediatric feeding disorders.
Financial Disclosures: Mary Tarbell-Bickley receives an honorarium from Education Resources.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Mary Tarbell-Bickley has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
"Polly is an excellent presenter! She has a broad knowledge base, which she conveys in a clear and interactive way. I was able to take information I already possessed and use it in new ways after her presentation. This is an excellent, intermediate to advanced course for providers working in the area of feeding." -Allie Swann, OTR
"I found the course very helpful and informative. The presenter, Polly, was very organized and animated. The use of video and case studies were great. Polly was funny and had great experiences and suggestions to share which were helpful." -Kathleen Gallashen, OT
Polly Tarbell is a dynamic speaker whose many years of experience shine through in her informative presentation. This course focuses on a holistic approach to pediatric feeding disorders so it is appropriate and important for a multi-disciplinary audience. -Erika Feil, OTR
"An absolutely eye-opening and fascinating course. Great nuts and bolts primer with exciting and accessible case studies. This course was so well presented that I wish to be further specialized/focus on this area of our field. Thank you!" -Patricia Ochoa-Wershulz, SLP
"Probably one of the best courses I have ever been too. Loved the different case studies and videos that actually demonstrated the techniques and solutions. Polly was so open to conversation and answered all questions from the audience!" -Andreea Gerwin
Polly is a seasoned practitioner who specializes in pediatric feeding therapy. She gets real about the ups and downs of feeding therapy with real-life case studies and shares how her professional practice has evolved throughout the years supported by evidence-based research. Taking this CE course was definitely a treat! -Andrea Abad, OTR
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