Appetite: How to Foster Hunger and Wean Kids from Tube Feedings.

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Appetite: How to Foster Hunger and Wean Kids from Tube Feedings

Appetite: How to Foster Hunger and Wean Kids from Tube Feedings

Weaning a child from tube feedings to oral feeds can feel overwhelming for health professionals! The underlying motivator for children to learn to eat orally is internal desire or appetite. Explore the science of appetite in young children and learn how to wean children from tube feedings using a team approach, even in early intervention or private practice settings. This course focuses on the research, practical and creative strategies to improve oral intake in the home plus the importance of appetite regulation to help children transition to oral feeds.

Key Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe ten strategies to help drive hunger and support oral intake in children.
  • Discuss four different types of appetite stimulants and the role in tube weaning.
  • List four prerequisites for tube weaning in the pediatric population.
  • Discuss at least four medical conditions and four medications that influence appetite in children.
  • Describe the steps to successful tube weaning.



4 hours.


Hour One
Introductions and Overview
Understanding the Spectrum of Picky Eating
ARFID Diagnosis: Who, Where and Why
Understanding Pediatric Anxiety Disorders & Avoidance

Hour Two
Parenting the Anxious Eater
Understanding Behavioral & Sensory Based Interventions

60 Min Break

Hour Three
Nine Strategies to Help Kids Learn to take a taste

Hour Four
Case Study Videos & Discussion

About the Presenters:

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is a feeding specialist and international speaker who presents a variety of live ASHA and AOTA approved courses listed on her website or Melanie treats children with feeding challenges from birth to age seventeen years while balancing her career as an author and media expert on parenting and feeding children.


Financial: Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is the author of Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes. Ms. Potock is the co-author of “Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating”, for which she receives royalty payments. She is the co-author of Baby Self-Feeding: Solid Food Solutions to Create Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits and was paid to write the book but does not receive royalties. She is the author of Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child about the Joy of Food!, for which she receives royalties. Melanie is the executive producer of the children’s music CD titled Dancing in the Kitchen and profits from song purchases. Ms. Potock owns My Munch Bug, LLC and the online educational courses and profits from registrations online. Ms. Potock is an international speaker who presents a variety of courses and is paid to present these courses at various events. She owns a therapy practice for the assessment and treatment of feeding challenges in children and is paid for that service.
She may receive a stipend for some articles that may appear online or in magazines.
Non-financial: Melanie Potock is a past contributor to the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s blog, The ASHA Leader, and she was not compensated. She may not receive a stipend for some articles that appear online or in magazines and this varies month to month, depending on media needs. She is the co-author of Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure, a preschool food education curriculum and does not receive compensation for her role in supporting that program.

Holly Knotowicz, MS, CCC-SLP

Holly Knotowicz, MS, CCC-SLP, holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Nazareth College. She is a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding with over 10 years of experience.
Her areas of clinical interest include behavioral, oral motor and oral sensory feeding disorders, including mealtime dynamics. She specializes with working with children who have eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases, including eosinophilic esophagitis and working with children who have food allergies, FPIES and neurogenic disorders.  She is an active participant in research, has been published in Gastroenterology Journal and is an international speaker on feeding.  


Financial: Ms. Knotowicz has received a speaking fee for today’s presentation.
Non-Financial: None

Sponsor Disclosure:

This course is presented by MyMunchBug in cooperation with CEU-Espresso, Inc.
This course is sponsored by Orgain Clean Nutrition.

Content Disclosure:

This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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