Getting the Wheels Turning: The Bicycle Model of Feeding

“It was a fantastic training session and we all agreed hugely beneficial to us. Hazel is a fabulous presenter and her wealth of knowledge was astounding.”

Occupational Therapist, Ireland

Course Description:

Drawing from her PhD research findings, clinical case studies, and her “Bicycle Model” of feeding challenges, Dr. Hazel Wolstenholme will provide a deep insight into the parents’ experience of feeding, the child’s side of the story, and how these two worlds can work together (or against each other!).

“It is critical that the family’s experience and parent-child interactions are considered as part of any feeding intervention alongside necessary support for sensory, oral-motor, nutrition and medical challenges. It is not enough to say “try this strategy” or “don’t pressure them to eat” without understanding, and addressing the underlying beliefs, emotions, goals, and knowledge that drive both parents’ and childrens’ behaviors. “

Using practical examples, she will illustrate how you can work with a relational lens to support families, so that the parent’s “wheel” and the child’s “wheel” move together on a path towards greater connection, harmony and competence with eating.

When sensory food play and similar interventions don’t seem to be enough to get a child on the right path with eating, it is likely that the relational piece of the puzzle needs attention. This webinar will cover:

  • The Parents’ Perspective: how are parents interpreting their child’s eating behaviors?
  • The Child’s Side of the Story: how are children making sense of their parents’ actions at mealtimes?
  • How the parent and child experiences interact & impact eating.

Dr. Hazel Wolstenholme’s “Bicycle Model” of feeding is designed to bridge the gap between feeding psychology research and clinical practice. Its aim is to give health professionals an accessible and practical framework for understanding parent-child feeding interactions in the context of the family’s unique history, current environment, and anticipated future.

This workshop will include a copy of the “bicycle model” that you can use to frame your clinical decision making. This webinar is appropriate for dietitians, nutrition professionals, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, mental health providers, and early intervention practitioners.

DURATION: 70 minutes
CEUs: AOTA and ASHA information below

COST:  $37

  • Group rate is $33.30 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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Hazel Wolstenholme PhD

Hazel is a Feeding Psychology Specialist with a particular interest in feeding dynamics. She completed her BA (Psychology) and PhD at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her doctoral research focused on how parents and children experience and manage “fussy eating” challenges. Hazel has extensive training in responsive, behavioral and sensory feeding interventions. She works with families globally, coaching parents to use a responsive feeding approach for a range of feeding challenges. Hazel is passionate about bridging the gap between research and clinical practice by publishing research findings in peer reviewed journals and providing training workshops for health professionals.

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

  1. Identify 6 key factors that make up a parents’ experience of feeding challenges.
  2. Identify 6 key factors that make up a child’s experience of feeding challenges.
  3. Apply the “Bicycle Model” to a case vignette to identify what is driving a parent’s feeding practice.

CEU information:

Certificates will be issued verifying participation in 1 hour of continuing education to 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