Constructive Conversations: Collaborating With the Medical Team

Clinicians using a responsive feeding approach often encounter a lack of support or limited understanding regarding the important role it plays in the development of a lifelong positive relationship with food. 

Without this knowledge, many medical providers unknowingly contribute to negative mealtime practices or behaviors around food. 

Course Description:

As providers of feeding therapy and related services, part of effective treatment plans includes collaborating with other providers including education on the importance of responsive feeding for the child’s short and long-term progress.

In this intermediate level course intended for OTs, SLPs and RDs, Heidi and Jennifer will discuss the negative impact that a lack of communication can have on families and mealtime progress. They include some of their most effective strategies including: 1) identifying common ground, 2) facilitating meaningful dialogue, and 3) developing effective treatment plans for children with growth and feeding concerns. They will share some of the references that have been helpful resources in their discussions regarding weight, growth, feeding refusal and mealtime anxiety.

DURATION: 1.25 hours
CEUs: 1.25 hours RD CEU approved (certificate +$5); AOTA and ASHA information below

COST:  $37

  • Group rate is $31.45 for three or more. Please email admin@responsivefeedingpro.com for a coupon code.
  • Equity rate is $10. If you consider yourself to be part of a marginalized community or are struggling financially, please email admin@responsivefeedingpro.com for a coupon code.
  • Student rate is $10. Student email address required.

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Heidi Liefer Moreland MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Heidi is a speech therapist and feeding specialist with Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics.  Heidi is a self-proclaimed “research geek”, but also has 30 years of practical experience in working with children.  For the last 25 years she has specialized in working with children who have feeding challenges in a variety of settings.  Relying on her training in communication, childhood development and feeding and swallowing development, Heidi helps children develop a trusting relationship with food that allows their skills to flourish.  She loves helping children and families work together to develop happy and healthy mealtime communication and habits that will last and grow as they do.   Heidi supports families virtually and in-person and is a frequent speaker on pediatric feeding treatment nationally and internationally.

Jennifer Berry MS, OT/L

Jennifer Berry is an occupational therapist and feeding specialist with Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics. Jennifer has more than 2 decades of experience helping children overcome challenges they face when it comes to eating. Using her extensive knowledge of learning, sensory processing, attachment, and motor skill development, Jennifer facilitates children’s abilities to trust, understand and relate to food now and long into the future. Coaching parents into confidence around feeding their kids and family mealtimes brings her great joy and impactful results to the families she serves. Jennifer supports families virtually and in-person through family mealtime coaching, remote responsive feeding therapy, and the Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics Feeding Tube Weaning Program.

Learning Objectives: at the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the worry cycle and the impact it can have on children and families.
  2. Explain overlapping role of providers related to feeding interventions and why that is important.
  3. Develop and/or describe common goals with other providers.
  4. Integrate relevant responsive feeding data into documentation or discussion.

CEU information:

Certificates of attendance verify 1.25 hours of continuing education for SLPs and OTs. Check with your professional organization’s licensing bodies to determine exactly what may be accepted for you:

This course counts towards ASHA professional development hour requirements, and does not require pre-approval. Please keep your certificate as proof of attendance as it is not submitted to ASHA’s CEU registry. Please  check with your state certification board for any additional requirements for state licensure, as they all differ. ASHA professional development information

This course counts towards AOTA professional development hour requirements and does not require pre-approval.  Please check your state’s and national certifying body guidelines for specific information to determine if it may apply to your state’s licensure requirements. Please keep your certificate as proof of attendance as it is not submitted to any CEU registries.   NBCOT certificate and certification , NBCOT certification activities chart