Pediatric Feeding-The Big Picture -2 Day

Oral Motor Exercises! Sensory Stimulation! E-Stim! Behavioral Programming! How does it all fit together? How do you know when to use the different techniques out there? Should we combine approaches? How do you know where to start, when to “push”, and when to stop? Participants will learn the relationship between a child’s gross motor abilities and his feeding skills. The course will cover the sensory, motor and behavioral components of feeding disorders and how to address them in a comprehensive treatment program. In this intermediate course, participants will learn how to work together to evaluate and choose different techniques and modalities for the specific needs of the child and the knowledge-base, roles, and scope of each discipline. On Day 2, using case studies and group discussion, OTs, PTs, SLPs and Dysphagia Professionals will delve into contributing medical problems and glitches in family dynamics. Learn what you can and cannot do to help a child with severe gastrointestinal or cardiopulmonary problems eat. How does Prematurity contribute to feeding problems? Explore the effects of different medications on swallowing and why you should always know what meds your client is on. Discover some of the rarely explored effects on the family having a child with a feeding disorder and walk away with concrete ways to support and empower your families to help their child and themselves. Stop trying to use someone else’s “cookbook” and develop a unique program appropriate for each client!


  1. On Tour Options: Attend the course in person at any City/Date listed. Streaming is only available for courses held at the Gulf Breeze/CIAO Studios location.
  2. Livestream Options:
    1. Attend via Livestream from anywhere around the world. Livestream participants will login to access the event from their computer.
    2. Or – Attend in person at CIAO Studios in Gulf Breeze, FL.




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Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

Jennifer Meyer


Jennifer Meyer, M.A. CCC-SLP has over 20 years experience specializing in pediatric oral motor, speech, and feeding disorders. She is a popular national speaker and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. Jennifer has worked in many Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developed an outpatient hospital-based feeding program and served as an Oral Motor/ Feeding Consultant for Early Childhood Intervention Programs. In her role as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University she taught Neurology, Language Development, and Dysphagia courses both on campus and online. She developed and served as the Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE). She is currently consulting with several Home Health companies in the Dallas-Ft., Worth area, including mentoring more than 150 therapists and assisting in the development of a High-Risk Infant program.
Financial Disclosures: Jennifer receives royalties from CIAO Seminars for the sale of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosures: There are no relevant relationships to disclose

Course Agenda

Day 1

07:30 - 08:00
Registration (Continental Breakfast)
08:00 - 09:00
Typical Development of Feeding Skills
09:00 - 10:15
Development of Feeding Skills correlating to Gross Motor Development
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Sensory Component of Feeding Disorders: Therapy approaches
12:00 - 01:00
01:00 - 02:30
Motor Component of Feeding Disorders: –Theory and Roles
02:30 - 02:45
02:45 - 03:30
Motor Component: Therapy for Hypersensitivity
03:30 - 04:30
Behavioral Component of Feeding Disorders: Theory and Roles
04:30 - 05:00
Case Studies
05:00 - 05:30
Q & A

Day 2

07:30 - 08:00
Registration (continental breakfast)
08:00 - 08:30
Brief Review of first three components of Feeding issues
08:30 - 10:30
Medical Issues: Gastrointestinal, Cardiopulmonary, Visual Impairment
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:00
Medical Issues continued: Pharmaceutical
12:00 - 01:00
01:00 - 03:00
03:00 - 03:15
03:15 - 05:00
Family Dynamic Issues
05:00 - 05:30
Q & A

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 16 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (1.6 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (1.6 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (16 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the Texas Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov #2502009#TX
  • This activity meets continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes CIAO Seminars as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers Offering Continuing Competency Courses
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California has determined that CIAO meets the standards set forth in section 1399.95 of the CA Code of Regulations
  • CIAO is a Rule Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Approved for:
  • 16 Hrs. PT/PTAs in CA(CIAO24-121), IL, TX (APTA TX #2502009 for 16 CCUs)
  • 16 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for PT/PTAs in AZ, GA, OK, SC, TN
  • 16 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
  • 19 Hrs. OT/COTAs, PT/PTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-1176432)
  • 19.2 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)

Intermediate Level

CIAO Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.