Provision of Feeding Intervention in the Context of Responsive Feeding

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:

  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.


10 minIntroduction and Disclosures
20 minOverview and Background
20 minImportance of eating environment, family and stress
20 minWhat do we know about self-regulation?
20 minSocial influence, interaction, attachment, & parental control
20 minTrauma outcomes/Responsive Feeding
10 minWrap Up and Questions


2 hours.    

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+).

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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CEU Espresso is an Approved Provider for AOTA #11452 (OTs).
This course provides 0.2 AOTA CEUs.
AOTA Classification Codes:
Category 1 Domain of OT: Activities of Daily Living
Category 2 OT Process: Evaluation
Category 2 OT Process: Intervention
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CEU Espresso, Incorporated is an ASHA Approved CE Provider #ABFO.
This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
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  1. deirdresmithslp (verified owner)

    Very informative and interesting presentation. Nice job!

  2. lghess (verified owner)

    Excellent, thorough and enjoyable course.

  3. kdillon15 (verified owner)

    Thank you! These are great courses. I appreciate the on site, computer, and on demand options so much (as a mom of small children). And as a current SLP on leave for a few years (to stay home with my children), I really appreciate the affordable costs. I will continue to take your courses on your website, so please keep offering them!

  4. sbhorton (verified owner)

    Jenny presents a much needed perspective to bring to our feeding therapy table.

  5. bsemones (verified owner)

    I LOVED IT!!

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