The STAR Foundation recently announced a new SOS Certification Program, designed to provide current SOS practitioners with additional training, mentorship and expertise in the implementation of the SOS Approach to Feeding. The SOS Certification Program includes a combination of didactic lecture, case study presentations, written homework and observation of participant videotapes of clinical sessions.
Occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists who fulfill all of the requirements will be awarded with the SOS Approach to Feeding Certification. These requirements include demonstrating competency in the following areas: a global understanding of SOS principles, intervention, parent education, and personal development. The Certification Program is ideal for SOS Trained Therapists who are looking for further training and additional feedback regarding their SOS Feeding Therapy intervention with children and families.
Therapists may become trained by fulfilling the following pre-requisite requirements:
- Completion of the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding Course (3.75 Day) within the last 5 years, OR completion of the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding Course (3 Day) Plus the Advanced Topic Online Course = Tools in Your Pantry: Effectively Using the New Oral Motor Steps, both within the last 5 years
- Completion of the Advanced Topic Course: Parents as Partners: Helping the “Challenging” Family within the last 5 years
- Therapists who attended an SOS Approach to Feeding Course before 2010 would be expected to repeat the Basic course
The Certification was developed to address therapists’ needs for additional assistance implementing the SOS philosophies into their work environment and to receive guidance on specific treatment cases. “The certification program provides participants an opportunity to have individualized coaching and feedback on implementing the SOS Approach to Feeding philosophies into their practice and unique work environments. Certified participants will be placed on our professional referral list for which we are consistently providing to families in need of quality services across the country.” – Bethany C.F. Kortsha, Occupational Therapist, SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR, Director of Clinical Mentorship Toomey & Associates
Education Resources, Inc. has been a long-time supporter of the SOS Approach to Feeding and the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding Course taught by Dr. Kay Toomey.
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