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“Help! My preschooler is obsessed with food!”
Supporting the Food-Preoccupied Child (and Family) With a Responsive Approach to Feeding

Food preoccupation is when a child’s interest in (or seeking of) food interferes with their social, emotional or physical development. These children may be referred to you for “binge eating,” “oral seeking,” “weight management,” interoception training (to tune in to fullness), or for selective eating (help them eat more vegetables). A responsive approach supports children to become tuned-in eaters; helps parents let go of the “food cop” role; and helps parents and children enjoy each other and mealtimes more fully. With Katja Rowell MD.

Responsive Feeding Therapy:
How the RFT Framework Can Enhance Your Practice

The Foundational Series. This webinar series is made up of six 90-minute webinars with RFT experts from multiple disciplines. It is aimed at professionals with a working knowledge of RFT. However, if RFT is new to you, there will be lots for you too. We also hope that seasoned pros will find some nuggets! 

Diet Culture at the Family Table:
The Impact of Weight Stigma and What Practitioners Can Do To Help

Feeding Expert Virginia Sole-Smith

Because we live in a society that celebrates a thin body ideal and subscribes to complicated notions around what it means to “eat healthy,” kids in all body sizes are exposed early and often to weight bias and diet culture. This can exacerbate a child’s struggles with food. Recognize how diet culture can harm children with feeding differences and challenges, when a parent’s fatphobia and diet culture are an obstacle to responsive feeding, and come away with strategies for reframing this conversation.

Make the Most of Your Pre-Assessment Paperwork

Make the most efficient use of your time with clients, and more quickly discover opportunities for healing with the foundation of a solid assessment process. Deciding what information to request before the first session isn’t easy. In this practical webinar, you will get an example pre-assessment form you can use in your practice. Discover the rationale for each section, how to interpret it, and how to use the information to focus client assessment and the intervention as a whole. With Jo Cormack PhD.

What You Need to Know About Growth:
How Misperceptions Harm, and How to Help

Explore one of the main issues that impact the work of pediatric feeding professionals: weight and growth. Unnecessary worry about slow or low growth can worsen (and in some cases, even cause) feeding problems. Misperceptions around weight on the part of parents and professionals, hurt children and families. Discern when to worry and when you can reassure parents and help support a responsive  approach. With Katja Rowell MD.

Responsive Feeding Therapy in Early Intervention (age 0-3)

The values of responsive feeding therapy (RFT) are aligned with the guiding principles of early intervention. This course will introduce and grow your understanding of RFT and strategies. You will explore ways to integrate these strategies into therapy interactions to better meet the needs of the children and families you serve in early intervention settings. With Ashley Glasser MS, OTR/L and Brianna Brown MS, CCC-SLP from Thrive with Spectrum.

Getting the Wheels Turning: 
The Bicycle Model of Feeding

Drawing from her research findings, clinical work, and her “Bicycle Model” of feeding challenges, Dr. Hazel Wolstenholme provides 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!). Using practical examples, she illustrates how you can support families, so that the parent’s and the child’s “wheels” move together on a path towards greater connection, harmony and competence with eating. With Hazel Wolstenholme PhD.

Constructive Conversations: 
Collaborating with the Medical Team

Collaborating with medical providers can have a direct impact on feeding treatment, yet many clinicians find that their attempts to communicate are unsuccessful in bringing team members together, especially around Responsive Feeding. This course focuses on the importance of collaboration, and provides strategies around responsive feeding, growth expectations, food, and mealtime pressure to facilitate meaningful dialogue with other team members. With Heidi Liefer Moreland MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jennifer Berry MS, OT/L.

Won’t Somebody Think of the Parents!
Supporting Neurodivergent Parents and Families

Feeding challenges are common in neurodivergent families. Neurodivergent parents face particular difficulties when it comes to feeding their families. Feeding and nutrition professionals need to consider the unique needs of all family members. Professionals need to have a thorough understanding of how neurodivergence can impact eating and need to be well equipped to support these families in a way that feels validating and affirming.