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Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing with Melanie Potock

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If you have attended the course, or were directed here by your clinician, you can get the tools and items recommended by Melanie to help with feeding from Outside the Box (OTB.ie) below, or by CLICKING HERE

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May 14th – 15th 2018

Course Description

Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just about Swallowing.

Written & Presented by Melanie Potock

Presenter Biography.

This 2 Day Training is open to:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Language Therapists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Pediatricians
  • Psychologists

Intermediate Level

This unique 2-day course benefits pediatric speech language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, pediatricians and dieticians interested in the bigger picture pertaining to pediatric feeding disorders.

Therapists want strategies to implement right away with their clients.

  • Why do children have trouble eating?
  • How are physiology, motor skills and behavior linked and how do the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strengthen that connection?
  • How do family dynamics and parenting styles influence progress?
  • Why is it that a child eats well in the clinic setting but cannot generalize those skills to the home and school?

 

This course answers those questions, provides practical strategies to implement with a variety of clients, and focuses on setting children up for success for meeting functional objectives while utilizing the premise of ABA.

Participants learn how to problem solve common roadblocks in eating and then continue to build progress by following a hierarchy of steps to success.

Most importantly, this course emphasizes the importance of keeping the fun in feeding while developing consistent positive behaviors at mealtimes so that everyone in the family can enjoy their time together around the family table!

Learning Objectives

Upon completing the 2-day seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how protective behaviors develop when GI discomfort, sensory processing challenges, delayed gross and/or fine motor skills impact a child’s willingness to eat.
  • Apply the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to the treatment of pediatric feeding clients .
  • List 5 strategies for improving tongue mobility and developing mature swallowing patterns in children.
  • Describe how to teach the following skills to toddlers and older: biting, chewing, swallowing independently, straw and open cup drinking
  • Implement a hierarchical method of problem solving to meet functional outcomes.
  • Understand how to problem solve new challenges with future clients by systematically breaking the task into smaller steps and teaching one step at a time.

Course Fees:

CURRENT RATE - REGULAR

Early Bird (Booked and Paid by January 31st 2018)     –  €439

ADVANCED (Booked and Paid by February 28th 2018)  €489

Regular Fee (From 1st to 30th April 2018)                       €529

THIS COURSE IS LIMITED to 60 Places which will be allocated on a First Come, First Served Basis.

Course fees are inclusive of:

  • Access to the 2 Day Training Course on May 14th and 15th 2018.
  • A copy of Melanie’s Books,  ‘Raising a Healthy Happy Eater’ (RRP: £11.99) and her new book for 2018 ‘Adventures in Veggieland’ (RRP: £14.99)
  • 110 Page Course Manual
  • Refreshments at Breakfast and Break times on Both Days
  • Lunch Provided on Both Days


Course Venue

The venue for this course is the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Naas Road, Dublin 22.

This venue has accessible access to the training room as well as the areas for refreshments and toilets.

Underground Car Parking is available (Free for course attendees upon ticket validation).

Rooms are available for attendees with a 10% Discount to the advertised rates.

Please check out our venue page for more details, including directions and room booking options.

Books by Melanie Potock. 

Please Note: All attendees of this course will get a copy of ‘Raising a Healthy Happy Eater’, and ‘Adventures in Veggieland’.

 

Some tools and products Melanie likes:

During the years Melanie has identified numerous tools and products which can have a positive impact on assisting with feeding therapy.

If you think any of them may help your clients you can find the direct links to them here.

Funbites

Blendtec

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Frequently Asked Questions

Courses that have a pre-requirement (e.g. Open to SLTs or OTs only), will only allow applicants to register, and will then go to our administration system to be approved.  We will then check that the applicant has met the prerequisites and approve their booking.

 

Open courses will allow applicants to register, and get a confirmed booking automatically.

We are happy to work with any organisation’s administrative staff and systems to make it as easy as possible for someone to attend a course.

Please give it PLENTY OF TIME before the cut off for Early Bird or Regular Rates. Depending on how your organisation is funded, there may be multiple levels of administrative approval required even after your own supervisor agrees to it.  Some tips from our experience, to make it run smoothly:

  1. If you are interested, check with your supervisor ASAP. Send them this webpage.
  2. If you will be travelling, check if your organisation can cover accommodation expenses as ex-cost. If not, we are able to quote you directly a full price for the course, plus B&B in the venue hotel on a single invoice. We will discuss and agree with you what you need and will then arrange the best price with the hotel using our discount, which will be passed onto you.
  3. If you need a pro-forma invoice in order to get confirmation from your service of the final amount, we can arrange that in advance.

As a rule of thumb, please allow about 5-6 weeks for this entire process to take place with any given service.

If you are wanting us to bill your employer directly, we are happy to do so.

We can work with any organisation’s administrative staff and systems to make it as easy as possible for someone to attend a course.

Please give it PLENTY OF TIME before the cut off for Early Bird or Regular Rates. Depending on how your organisation is funded, there may be multiple levels of administrative approval required even after your own supervisor agrees to it.

It is a similar process to above (when you want to get reimbursed), but the advantage of course is that you are not needing to pay up front from your own pocket. The only risk in this case is that if your employer takes too long processing, your place may be lost by the time they clear funds.

Some tips from our experience, to make it run smoothly:

  1. If you are interested, check with your supervisor ASAP. Send them this webpage.
  2. If you will be travelling, check if your organisation can cover accommodation expenses as ex-cost. If not, we are able to quote you directly a full price for the course, plus B&B in the venue hotel on a single invoice. We will discuss and agree with you what you need and will then arrange the best price with the hotel using our discount, which will be passed onto your employer.They may have agreements with other venues that can offer a better rate to them, especially if they are HSE funded. In such a case, you may not be located near the training venue.
  3. If you need a pro-forma invoice in order to get confirmation from your service of the final amount, we can arrange that in advance.

As a rule of thumb, please allow about 6-8 weeks for this entire process to take place with any given service as normally there are between 30-45 day payment terms.

Yes you can.  Your booking needs to be completely paid by the cut off for your fee. So Early Bird fees need to be settled in full by the close of the Early Bird date, etc.

Paypal is the most convenient way, however it does incur the PayPal fee of 6.5% on each transaction.  You can also pay by direct debit, which does not incur this. Please contact jmorris@catts.ie if you want to pay in installments once you booked.

Paypal is the most convenient way to pay, however it does incur the PayPal fee of 6.5% on each transaction.

PayPal charges fees on all payments. If you don’t see it as extra, it means it is already built into the price so anyone paying differently is effectively paying 6.5% more than they need to!

We choose to add it, and give people the alternatives of Online SEPA payment, Cheque, Credit Card over phone etc., rather than build the 6.5% into the price for ALL registrants.

We don’t believe this is fair on attendees, and we try to keep the course cost as low as possible.

We based our fees on the price of the course minus the costs of setup.

Where a speaker is coming from another country we price it as much as possible on parity with the rate charged in their home audience.

For European or International Speakers, the rates are always below what it would take an individual to travel to see them on their own.

Open Courses, yes, of course.

If the speaker has requested a closed audience, we may need to check with them on a case by case basis, depending on your year of study, and the demand from practicing professionals to access the course.

All courses are targeted towards a specific audience. If it is open to parents or carers, it will be advertised as such.  Courses that have a pre-requirement will only allow applicants to register, and will then go to our administration system to be approved.

Open courses will allow applicants to register, and get a confirmed booking automatically.

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