Table Manners: Ethics and Building a Feeding Team

Provision of Feeding Intervention in the Context of Responsive Feeding.

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The live webinar was presented Saturday, January 12 at 7:00 P.M. Central Time. We are in the process of editing the video and we will post it for on-demand access as soon as we can. When posted we will let everyone know via email and FaceBook.


Course description and overview

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For clinicians working with families and young children, moving away from a directive or prescribed approach in feeding intervention towards a responsive framework can improve outcomes and instill trust between the partners involved in feeding. Consideration of the child as an autonomous individual with unique congenital and experiential challenges allows us to reframe how we set goals, provide therapy, and interact with caregivers.

In this course we will explore the therapeutic relationship within the context of the STEPS+ approach. Children who are tube-dependent or have extreme feeding difficulties present with a number of challenges in treatment. Although poor sensorimotor skills play a role, the context and relationships in which eating occurs can facilitate improvement or hinder progress. Utilizing principles of responsive feeding and hunger regulation can transform intervention for these complex patients as well.


Key Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Describe the importance of context and relationships with regard to feeding therapy.
  2. List the considerations in development and social learning that affect feeding outcomes.
  3. List the symptoms of traumatic stress and describe how it may affect feeding.
  4. Define responsive feeding and give examples of how to put it into action.



2 hours.


Time Ordered Agenda:

10 minutes – Introduction and Disclosures
20 minutes – Overview and Background
20 minutes – Importance of eating environment, family and stress
20 minutes – What do we know about self-regulation?
20 minutes – Social influence, interaction, attachment, & parental control
20 minutes – Trauma outcomes/Responsive Feeding
10 minutes – Wrap Up and Questions

About the Presenter:
Jenny McGlothlin, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Jenny McGlothlin, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC is a certified speech-language pathologist and certified lactation counselor specializing in the evaluation and treatment of feeding disorders for children from birth through the teen years. McGlothlin developed the STEPS feeding program at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas almost 15 years ago, where she works with families on a daily basis to foster feeding skills that will serve a child for a lifetime. Her passion is teaching children how to eat when they just can’t figure it out on their own, and McGlothlin has been inducted into the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Hall of Fame for her work in the field. McGlothlin has spent many years teaching graduate-level courses on feeding as well as early child development. McGlothlin co-authored a book for parents and providers, Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders, which was published in May 2015 and Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults: Activities and Strategies for Selective Eaters in May 2018. She frequently provides feeding workshops for parents and continuing education seminars and webinars for therapists and is mom, cook, and chauffeur to three children.



Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: Receives royalties for books “Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating” and “Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults”
Non-financial: None.

Sponsor Disclosure:

This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure:

Course targets deeper understanding of responsive feeding within the context of a specific, published approach (STEPS+). 


We really want you to be able to learn this material, not just breeze through it to take a quiz and say you’ve learned something but forget it by the time you are in front of your next patient or client. So, you will have access to this material for 6 months (180 days) from your registration date. You will be able to download any course resources and stream the video as much as you wish during that time to review the information. We just ask that you not share the handout or other materials with anyone who hasn’t registered for their own access to the course.

We are currently in the process of editing this course for on-demand access. Once it is posted we will inform everyone via email and FaceBook.

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