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Provision of Feeding Intervention in the Context of Responsive Feeding

What happens when a child doesn’t want to eat? You, the therapist, are called in to fix it. What do you do? What is “forcing” or “pressuring” versus “engaging”. Is pushing is okay? Or is there something better?

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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.


  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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