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AEIOU: An Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding – 20-Hour Comprehensive Professional Training Program

Learn a step-by-step approach for helping children explore food, enjoy eating, and participate independently in social mealtimes. The AEIOU approach- acceptance, exposure, independence, observation and understanding – is a responsive feeding approach that offers a highly successful method for integrated treatment of infants and young children with mild to complex etiologies.

Learn a step-by-step approach for helping children explore food, enjoy eating, and participate joyfully and independently in social mealtimes. The AEIOU approach- acceptance, exposure, independence, observation and understanding is a responsive feeding approach that offers a highly successful method for integrated treatment of infants and young children with mild to complex etiologies. Learn to meet families where they are, provide effective family coaching and parent training, and make progress! Participants will leave with extensive knowledge, resources, and practical information: improve quality of mealtime, manage tube dependency and transition to eating solid foods, treat sensory food aversions, improve oral-motor skills, and more. Participants will be well equipped to help families achieve home carryover. Many special populations are discussed, including: prematurity, GERD, allergies, autism, failure to thrive, tracheostomy, picky eaters, tongue and lip ties, and children with various syndromes. This course is presented in a hybrid online format with live sessions with the instructor and self-paced video learning modules, in an interactive learning environment, using case studies and videos to engage and instruct participants. Bonus learning modules and downloads are included along with the comprehensive course manual, as well a private online course community during the course.

Key Learning Outcomes:
  1. Develop assessment and treatment strategies that integrate 5 management factors for biomedical and enviro-behavioral influences that limit successful feeding in infants and young children.
  2. Formulate strategies to achieve parent buy-in for home carryover, promote positive parent-child interaction, and help children participate independently in social mealtime routines.
  3. Identify contraindications for oral feeding and describe a 5-step treatment plan for advancing pre-feeding skills in non-oral feeders.
  4. Assess signs of distress and/or disengagement during feeding.
  5. Develop and implement treatment plans for oral feeding that expand taste repertoire and texture acceptance by incorporating strategies for the mealtime environment, seating/positioning, and oral-motor, sensory, and motor deficits.
   

Agenda:

Hybrid Live Online and Self-Paced Recorded Modules
20 Hours Total (10 hours live excluding breaks; 10 hours Self-Paced Online)
3 Live Broadcast Sessions (one per week) with self-paced video modules in between; Participants must attend each live broadcast session; Private course community and instructor support throughout the course; Includes BONUS handouts/materials and comprehensive course manual with references and resources

Time Ordered Agenda:

DurationTopic
Week 1 Live Broadcast Online (3 ¾ hours; includes 15-minute break)
60 minFoundations and Introduction to AEIOU; Support from the Literature
60 minDevelopmental Progression of Feeding Skills
15 minBreak
60 minCase Reviews/Videos: Assessment and Treatment Planning
30 minApplying the 5 Factors (Acceptance, Exposure, Independence, Observation and Understanding)
Week 1 Self-Paced Video Modules (4 ½ hours Total)
5 minReview of Chewing
14 minHands-On Exercise
100 minFactors that Limit Successful Feeding
Prematurity, Respiratory/Cardiac Issues, Medication Effects (15 min)
Craniofacial Issues, Tongue/Lip Ties (31 min)
Gastrointestinal Issues Part 1 (14 min)
Gastrointestinal Issues Part 2 (21 min)
Allergy and Food Intolerance Issues (9 min)
Environmental Issues and Stress (10 min)
25 minWhen to Treat: Priorities and Contraindications
17 minHow to Treat: The 5-Step Comprehensive Plan
25 minAttachment, Communication, Control
35 minAddressing Mealtime Interactions & Behavior; Caregiver Buy-in and Effective Parent Training
49 minEstablishing the Mealtime Environment: Merry Mealtime Guide™
Week 2 Live Broadcast Online (3 ½ hours; includes 15-minute break)
90 minTherapy Meals; Video Presentation of Treatment; Introduction to Sensory Food Aversion
45 minGroup Discussion/Question & Answer
15 minBreak
60 minTreating the Whole Child; Family Centered Care
Week 2 Self-Paced Video Modules (3 ½ hours Total)
10 minParent Testimonial Video
44 minSeating/Positioning/Self-Feeding: Achieving Autonomy and Independence
30 minSensory Processing/Food Exploration
40 minExpanding Taste Repertoire and Texture Acceptance
39 minNutritional Issues: Weight Gain vs. Brain Gain
15 minTube Weaning Case Study
32 minOral-Motor Treatment: Achieving Success in 5 Steps
Week 3 Live Broadcast Online (3 ½ hours; includes 15-minute break)
120 minVideo Presentations of Treatment/Case Studies: Sensory Food Aversion, Oral-Motor, Tube-Weaning
15 minBreak
30 minVideo Presentations Con’t
45 minProblem Solving, Group Discussion, Question and Answer
Week 3 Self-Paced Videos Modules/Bonus Materials (2 hours Total)
31 minCups and Straws
49 minTricks With Tools: Tips From My Toolbox, Resources, and More
40 minBonus Downloads, Extend Your Learning Modules

Total Duration for CEUs:

20 hours.
   

About the Presenter:

The owner of Food Smart Kids, LLC, Nina Ayd Johanson, MA, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, is a highly regarded clinician and renowned instructor with more than 27 years of experience. She has trained thousands of therapists both in the United States and internationally in "AEIOU: An Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding", a comprehensive professional training program that she developed and continues to teach. Nina provides education and support to parents of newborns and young children through her online learning platform to help children and their families learn to love food, enjoy family mealtimes, and thrive. She developed the "Baby-Cued Method™", a responsive feeding approach, to answer the many questions parents have about feeding their babies and transitioning to solid foods. Many parents feel worried about the next steps with feeding after breast or bottle, and the internet and social media have added to the confusion. She helps parents embrace the process simply and intuitively, without gimmicks or trends that could hinder the process. Nina also works in private practice in Baltimore, and with the Maryland Pediatric Group. A Certified Lactation Counselor and Certified Educator of Infant Massage, she specializes in infants with sucking dysfunction, tongue tie, and breast and/or bottle-feeding aversion. She has extensive expertise is diagnosis and treatment of infants and children with oral motor/feeding disorders, feeding tube dependency, autism, complex medical issues, and other developmental disabilities. Nina recently retired from her position as a Speech-Language Pathologist and pediatric feeding specialist for an acclaimed children's hospital after 25 years, where she founded the TOTs Program (for infants with feeding problems due to tethered oral tissue/tongue tie). She holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Applied Healing Arts from the Tai Sophia Institute (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health). She is a board-certified Holistic Health Practitioner and was trained in integrative nutrition through the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s Food As Medicine program.  

Disclosures:

Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: I have no relevant financial relationships in the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation. I receive a speaking fee for presenting this course.
Non-Financial: I have no relevant non-financial relationships in the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation.

Content Disclosure:

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

Target Audience:

SLPs, OTs, PTs, Assistants, Educators. Appropriate for other professionals (social workers, nurses, dieticians, etc.) working with infants and young children with feeding problems.

Required for course completion:

  • Registration and payment in full
  • Record of attendance on sign-in/sign-out page with signature times noted.
  • Assessment of learner outcomes via course evaluation form at completion of course
  • Attestation to your full attendance of the course and completion of all requirements

Available Continuing Education Credits:

 

Note: Participants must attend all sessions and complete all course requirements to receive a Continuing Education Certificate. No partial credit will be awarded.


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