Identify best practices and principles for helping kids learn to eat
Discover new ways to encourage parent participation in the treatment plans of children with feeding tubes and complex feeding challenges
Gain a better understanding of the relationship between responsive feeding and health
Recognize common errors made in treating feeding problems that can have a negative impact on their eating and how to avoid them
Children with feeding tubes or complex feeding challenges struggle with eating but are also at greater risk for long-term difficulties with both eating and self-regulation. Jeni and Heidi of Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics share the way their team helps families and children with building trust and enjoyment of food. They explain the use of hunger and other internal motivations to eat, and the benefits of responsive feeding. Through case study and outcome data discussions, they demonstrate how the improved relationship with food facilitates improved oral skills, increased autonomy and independence with eating, and decreased tube-dependency or adult-directed eating.
Heidi Liefer Moreland, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC is a speech therapist who has worked with kids with feeding and swallowing problems for almost 20 years and is currently a treating therapist and clinical coordinator of the feeding tube weaning program at Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics. She a frequent speaker on feeding disorders in infants and children, using real life stories and examples, along with evidence-based techniques and practices. Heidi loves working with children and their families and is especially passionate about supporting them as they move past early medical and feeding trauma into enjoyable, interactive mealtime relationships.
Cancellations must be in writing and will incur a $10 fee. If more than 10% of the course has been viewed, we are unable to issue a refund. If the Chicago Feeding Group or speaker should need to remove the course, course fees will be refunded or transferred to another course at the discretion of the participant.