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Please Note: Speech-language pathologists or audiologists from outside of Alberta, and not registered with ACSLPA, conducting a speech-language pathology or audiology training course or clinical presentation in Alberta must be registered with ACSLPA with Courtesy Registration before providing professional services. Please contact ACSLPA for more information.

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How does feeding, a process so integral to the child’s health and well-being, go awry? The focus of this two-day course is on the Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eatTM) model integrating oral motor therapy techniques and behavioral management for the treatment of complex feeding problems. It will cover innovative strategies and case examples to address oral aversion, food refusal, poor transition onto solid foods, texture grading, learning to chew, self-feeding and feeding difficulties related to autism and picky eaters. This course is packed with practical solutions and hands-on techniques that will empower you with new treatment ideas for your most complex patients. These interventions are systematic and evidence based. This course is appropriate for the following clinicians working with children with feeding disorders:  OT, COTA, SLP, RD, RN, CSW, Psychologists.

Course Objectives
  • Identify the foundation of the TR-eat™ model.
  • Identify variables that produce complex pediatric feeding problems including medical, oral motor and behavioral.
  • Identify feeding interventions across developmental stages.
  • Differentiate between select behavioral strategies including shaping, chaining and fading as a catalyst to enhance oral motor and therapeutic skill building.
  • Implement texture grading techniques and apply them to the process of making pureed table foods for children weaning from tube feedings and learning how to chew.
  • Recognize treatment strategies for “picky eaters”, including those with autism, using behavioral interventions.
  • Identify methods to improve problem-solving skills through careful analysis to determine the most effective treatment plan to maximize desired outcomes.