A Relational Approach to Complex Pediatric Feeding Challenges: The Responsive Feeding Therapy Model
Katja Rowell MD & Jenny McGlothlin, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC
Friday, October 25th & Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Marriott Tucson University Park
880 East Second Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
$415.00 when registration and payment is received prior to August 30th, 2019. Fee increases to $475.00 thereafter.
Discounts available for parents and students, call or email for details. If you must cancel your registration, please notify us at least seven days prior to the start of the course and we will issue you a refund minus a $35 administrative fee. No-shows or cancellations received less than seven days prior to the course are ineligible for refund.
We have a limited number of rooms blocked at the site of the workshop for $149 per night. If you are interested please call or email for a link to reserve your room. Please note that this hotel will book quickly due to other events happening during these dates.
A strong understanding of typical growth, appetite, skills acquisition, feeding dynamics, attachment and temperament is key to determining when and why a child diverged from typical—which guides therapeutic practice. Gaining perspective on how inadequately supported parents may resort to counterproductive feeding practices to “get a few bites in” is a crucial piece of the therapy puzzle. Addressing counterproductive feeding practices, and the worries that drive them, provides exciting opportunities for helping children do their best with eating.
Support parents as they transition from fear and pressure to trust and responsive feeding using the STEPS+ framework to
- Reduce anxiety/conflict (child and parent)
- Support routine
- Enjoy/establish family meals
- Build skills on what to put on table
- Support skills: oral-motor and sensory
For clinicians working with families and young children, moving away from a directive or prescribed approach towards a responsive model improves outcomes and instills trust between the partners involved in feeding. A Responsive Feeding Therapy Model prioritizes the child’s comfort and drive for autonomy, facilitating skill development and (re)discovery of curiosity and internal cues of hunger and fullness. This grounding framework informs how we set goals, provide therapy, and interact with caregivers. We will begin with diagnostic considerations and end with specifics of direct intervention.
Time Oriented Agenda
Friday, October 25th
|9:00 - 9:10||Introductions and overview of 2-day workshop|
|9:10 - 10:15||Introduction of typical in eating development: appetite, growth, nutrition, autonomy, trust, and attachment. The spectrum of picky eating, including “extreme” picky eating and ARFID|
|10:15 - 10:30||Break|
|10:30 - 11:45||A relational (Worry Cycle) understanding of children who struggle to eat|
|11:45 - 12:45||Lunch on your own|
|12:45 - 2:00||Therapeutic considerations: internal vs external regulation, trust, and responsive strategies|
|2:00 - 2:15||Break|
|2:15 - 3:30||STEPs+ relational focus on facilitation and rehabilitating the feeding relationship|
|3:30 - 4:00||Q & A Katja and Jenny|
Saturday, October 26th
|9:00 - 10:00||Diagnostic considerations: history, physiology, family dynamics, past therapy|
|10:00 - 10:15||Break|
|10:15 - 11:00||The Trust Triangle|
|11:00 - 11:45||Case studies|
|11:45 - 12:00||Q&A with Jenny & Katja|
|12:00 - 1:00||Lunch on your own|
|1:00 - 1:30||How to write responsive feeding goals|
|1:30 - 2:30||Building trust in food, thinking outside the box, facilitating improved sensorimotor skills|
|2:30 - 2:45||Break|
|2:45 - 3:45||Responsive feeding intervention in action|
|3:45 - 4:00||Q&A with Jenny and Katja|
About the Presenters
Katja Rowell MD is a family doctor turned relational feeding specialist. Described as “academic, but warm and down to earth,” she is a popular speaker and writer. Katja has developed an expertise in "extreme" picky eating, food preoccupation and supporting foster and adopted children with feeding, nutrition and growth challenges. Katja is on the SPOON medical advisory board, serves as an adviser to the Minnesota Trauma Project and was a clinical faculty member of the Ellyn Satter Institute for two years. Her books include Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating, Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults and Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More. She has appeared in numerous publications including Parents magazine, written for the New York Times parenting blog and authored articles on topics ranging from food hoarding to avoiding trauma in feeding therapies.
Jenny McGlothlin, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC is a certified speech-language pathologist and certified lactation counselor and has specialized in the evaluation and treatment of feeding disorders for children from birth through the teen years for 18 years. McGlothlin developed the STEPS feeding program at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she works with families 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. Her books include Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating and Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults. McGlothlin has spent many years teaching graduate-level courses on feeding as well as early child development, is involved in research, and frequently provides feeding workshops for parents and continuing education seminars and webinars for therapists. As a mother of three young children, McGlothlin makes family meals a priority. She also enjoys reading, watching her children play sports, and spending time with her friends.