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    Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Food Anxiety and How to Treat It!

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    Add to Calendar 08/18/2024 08:00 AM 08/18/2024 12:00 PM America/Chicago Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Food Anxiety and How to Treat It! Hotel: Home 2 Suites - Gulf Breeze
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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description

Do you ever find that you are faced with treating individuals with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, or ARFID, and you are unsure how to best treat them? Are you expected to treat older children or people with food phobias/anxiety and do not have the skills with which to best help them? Are you searching for better ways to achieve greater outcomes for your patients with anxiety around eating? We were not taught this in school, and many of us are in need of ways to better help our patients with this complex and challenging diagnosis. For years, Kelly Komisaruk has specialized in Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and helping people specifically with this diagnosis. She will not only give you a solid understanding of what ARFID is (so you can explain it to caregivers!) but will also fill your therapy tool box with resources you need to be able to walk your patients through a journey to be able to eat successfully again. You will be able to troubleshoot, plan therapy sessions, and gain a better understanding of what your patients are going through while eating. You will leave this course feeling confident in your ability to take on your biggest feeding challenges like never before. You will also learn Kelly's successful "Low Pressure Still Progressing" approach to ARFID treatment to guide you along your way!


  1. Attend as part of the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. Attend via LIVE STREAM from anywhere around the world. Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer.


  • This live event is streamed in real time. 
  • Course agenda is in Central time, please adjust for your time zone
  • Registrants who attend the live broadcast will be able to interact with instructor.
  • All registrants will have access to the broadcast recording for 14 days.
  • A group may view the course together, however each attendee must be individually registered in order to receive CE credit.


  • Attend/view entire course
  • Pass multiple choice quiz (80% min score)
  • Complete online course evaluation


  • SLPs - this course is registered with ASHA as Blended Learning. ASHA CEUs may be earned by attending live, viewing the recording, or a combination of both.
  • OTs - Participants who need live hours for state license renewal must attend in real time yet, will still have access to the recording for 14 days.

Course Objectives

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

  • Explain what ARFID is and what it is NOT
  • Utilize the "Low Pressure Still Progressing" approach to ARFID Treatment
  • Recognize common pitfalls when treating individuals with ARFID and how to avoid them
  • Understand how exposure therapy works and how to implement it into your therapy practice practically
  • Explain how anxiety plays a role in food phobias
  • Understand how other medical professionals play a role in feeding therapy and how to utilize them
  • Recommend treatment options and therapy approaches to parents and caregivers
  • Understand the importance of family support and parent buy-in

Kelly Komisaruk


Kelly Komisaruk, M.Ed. CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist specializing in feeding difficulties located in Florida. After gaining her education at Central Michigan University and The University of Virginia, she moved to Florida to pursue her career. After years of honing her skills working with children, she took on the challenge of being one of the initial therapists at Nemours Children’s Hospital in 2012. Always having a love of feeding, she was a founding member of the Nemours Childrens Hospital Outpatient and Inpatient Intensive Multidisciplinary Feeding Team helping to design and implement both programs. Today, after helping hundreds of children learn to love food, she is proud to offer her services both virtually and in person to the Central Florida area and beyond! She opened up her practice in Lake Nona in 2020 and has grown to offer feeding services to children, teens, and adults. She is about to open up her intensive brick and mortar feeding clinic in 2022 where she plans to expand the services she offers to families nationwide. She has specific interest in helping people with anxiety around food, food phobias, and helping other clinicians learn how to help others enjoy eating!

Financial Disclosure: Kelly receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: None

Day 1

08:00 - 08:30
08:30 - 08:45
General housekeeping
08:45 - 09:15
What does ARFID look like? What is NOT AFRID?
09:15 - 10:00
Common pitfalls to avoid when working with individuals with ARFID
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 10:45
Anxiety and food phobias-what does it look like?
10:45 - 11:15
Understanding Exposure Therapy
11:15 - 11:45
Using the "Low Pressure Still Progressing" Approach to therapy
11:45 - 12:00

Delivery VIA:

  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be. mail@ciaoseminars.com
  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL. Included with each Live Stream registration is access to the course recording for the 14 days immediately following the broadcast.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 3.5 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (0.35 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.
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (3.5 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Approved for:
  • 3.5 Hours Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
  • 4 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-907999)

Course meets requirements for:

  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, IA, IN, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT,
  • OT/COTAs in NE, NV, NH, NJ,, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY

  • Intermediate Level
    0.35 ASHA CEUs

    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.

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


    Really appreciate the break down of exposure therapy as well as the Progressing approach to ARFID therapy with the analogy to the car.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    Thank you for presenting this important topic.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    As mentioned above, I really enjoyed this course as well as the CIAO organization of the course. This was my first time using CIAO and it was very easy and streamlined and I highly recommend. The presenter was great and delivered the information in a way that was great to follow and answered questions which were extremely helpful. I would have liked a little more time to go over actual treatment strategies to implement during sessions. For example, she spoke a lot about 3,2,1 go or 1,2,3 go but I feel that a lot of my kids won't accept foods even when they have picked them out and have buy in for what we are wanting to achieve. That would be really helpful to go over barriers and strategies to work that in during sessions for those kids who have a harder time.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    Very informative. Thank you!

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    thank you, I really enjoyed your course.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    maybe have the presenter give more concrete therapy techniques

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    Great class- information, presentation, and knowledgeable, Very much appreciated!

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    Appreciated the information she shared. Good to know that I was on the right track! I have more information I can share with my clients now.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    Excellent presentation of topic. I appreciate that the content did not drift into other pediatric feeding disorders and focused on only ARFID.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    It would have been nice to have had video sharing abilities with other attendees so that it was more interactive, and could engage in more conversations

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Mar 2023

    I had a basic idea of how to treat and this course confirmed that I was on the right track with exposure therapy and low pressure. I would like to take Kelly Komisaruk's feeding class she taught the day before the live stream and join the CIAO club. Is her feeding class online to view? Thank you for you help. I am so glad I found this group.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Jun 2022

    Thank you!

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Jun 2022

    Great course with lots of information. If I had any suggestion, it would be to show a few clips of actual clients during therapy to see how strategies are used during therapy.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Jun 2022

    Thank you, Ciao, for your support and the option to finish today! My washing machine had gotten stuck on flood while going to bed with a load started and waking up to waterfall and lakes! I had to leave the class to attend to demo floor man and talk to adjuster! I am so glad I was able to complete this course before I see my patient Wednesday. Y’all are the best.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Jun 2022

    good course

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Jun 2022

    Thank you Kelly for the presentation and all the answers to my questions! Would love to see more videos which helped a lot.

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Jun 2022

    Great job presenting! I don't want ARFID, but if I did I would want Kelly as my therapist!

    - Gulf Breeze, FL / Jun 2022