Presenters: Cheri Fraker, CCC-SLP, CLC & Laura Walbert, CCC-SLP, CLC
– J.B., prior course participant
This course instructs professionals in the treatment of children with complex feeding aversion. Multidisciplinary, evidence-based information will be presented with emphasis on Food Chaining as a treatment technique for aversive feeding disorders. Participants will learn the Food Chaining rating scales to rate children's reactions to foods and group similar foods by taste, texture and temperature. Learn analysis of core diet, flavor mapping and flavor masking, and use of transitional flavors. Interventions discussed also apply to the adult population.
Course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 3:17:28
– K.W., prior course participant
This presentation will focus on the technique of Pre-Chaining and Food Chaining© developed by the course presenters. Other treatment approaches will receive limited coverage during this lecture. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint Presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"The feeding strategies to try in therapy were the most beneficial. I enjoyed hearing the case study information." B.M. (Mar. 2023)
"The integration of the child's sensory preferences when determining what food to chain was beneficial. I liked the case history section." R.M. (Mar. 2023)
"Simple food chaining ideas: pulling apart pop tarts, adding 1 tbsp sauce to another sauce, and using flavored broth for rice. I liked the practical pieces and examples, and the rating scale." D.L. (Mar. 2023)
"Learning importance of food education - how effective it can be in daily practice with families of children with picky eating to understand their children better and moreover make mealtime fun rather than stress." C.M. (Mar. 2023)
"Each topic was well explained. I liked the case studies." E.P. (Feb. 2023)
"All the information presented in this workshop was very beneficial. I loved the way presenters linked the red flags in aspects of health history. These are a key piece to implementing the appropriate technique; not just observed feeding skills. The steps to use the therapeutic approach were beneficial." I.V. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the food chaining technique itself and rating scale." B.M. (Feb. 2023)
"Good overview of expanding food choices. I liked the rating scale." J.H. (Feb. 2023)
"It was a new concept to me so overall course was very helpful. The instructors were clear and concise." M.S. (Feb. 2023)
"The medical and oral motor factors to consider prior to food chaining and the practical examples of food chaining were beneficial." C.M. (Jan. 2023)
"Absolutely everything!! Seriously, the best course I've ever taken! Thank you!" D.E. (Jan. 2023)
"All six steps were helpful. Learning the specific ways to modify foods in the chaining program." H.R. (Jan. 2023)
"The oral motor ideas, such as using tools like the duo spoon, crumbing, and cutting food into rectangles to work on chewing were beneficial. I liked all the examples." J.S. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the rating scale. Handouts, sectioned material were beneficial." M.R. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the examples of food chaining specific foods. And the ease of course access." E.O. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the discussion of food chaining and mapping. And the specific case studies that shared real ideas on how to modify preferred foods." M.D. (Dec. 2022)
"All of this was beneficial. Our dysphagia class in grad school did not offer an in-depth section for treating feeding disorders, especially in the pediatric population. The amount of information given, and the recommendations for treatment were great." A.W. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the Meal Modification Plan. The topics covered were relevant and everything was explained in a simple way." Z.R. (Dec. 2022)
"The rating scales for food chaining and specific examples of food chains were very informative. Vast amount of information and specific examples given to supplement the information." A.L. (Dec. 2022)
"There were excellent ideas for ways that children can interact with food. Also, the rating scale will be a great way to monitor my kiddos. The presenters were clear and concise. The knowledge checks were great." C.P. (Dec. 2022)
"The structure and information was presented clearly and in an organized way. I liked the ideas presented for chaining different foods." M.R. (Dec. 2022)
"The presentation was simple and easy to follow. The rating scale is helpful. And learning medical reasons a child will not accept foods." M.V. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the case studies." A.D. (Dec. 2022)
"Course was very specific and explained in detail the concepts." Y.R. (Nov. 2022)
"Understanding how medical problems such as congestion and breathing problems impact feeding. I liked learning how Food Chaining works and the use of the rating system." V.N. (Nov. 2022)
"There are practical suggestions of where to start and how to chain specific foods." S.H. (Nov. 2022)
"Easy to understand course." M.S. (Nov. 2022)
"The case studies were very helpful. Great examples." A.B. (Nov. 2022)
"Food chaining examples, recommendations, tips and tricks, as well as visuals, were very informative. Handouts were easy to follow along with the presentation. Presenters were very knowledgeable and provided fantastic resources, recommendations for actual treatment practice, and case studies/example situations to better achieve learner outcomes." K.W. (Nov. 2022)
"Feeding for craniofacial children under 3 - how to encourage parents in early intervention was good." B.B. (Nov. 2022)
"I found the examples of how to initiate food chaining extremely helpful. I liked that course gave a descriptive overview of food chaining as well as example case studies." K.B. (Nov. 2022)
"The content was easily integrated into clientele examples." D.J. (Nov. 2022)
"I did not know much about food prechaining or chaining. I liked all of the topics. The information was excellent. I liked that I could stop and go and come back where I left off. I liked how I could re-listen as needed." K.H. (Nov. 2022)
"There was a good amount of quality information." A.F. (Nov. 2022)
"A lot of practical usable suggestions! Love the ongoing offering of examples. Just what I need to liven up and change my current sessions." P.B. (Oct. 2022)
"Everything discussed is very important to know when you are working with children that have feeding problems. I liked how the modifications in the foods are helping the kids to expand diet core." R.P. (Oct. 2022)
"Everything was beneficial. Comprehensive and extremely practical." J.B. (Sept. 2022)
"The presentation was clear." N.U. (Sept. 2022)
"The format was helpful for understanding the material." S.P. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the clear info that i can use in my cases." J.N. (Sept. 2022)
"The course was very informative." A.B. (Aug. 2022)
"How to practice this feeding chain and step by step, and the videos helped a lot." M.R. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked all of it. New ideas on chaining methods." A.L. (June 2022)
"The order of presentation of information and topics addressed were good. I liked the specific examples of food chaining." C.F. (June 2022)
"I found that the evaluation process as well as changing the flavor rather than the texture of foods will be very beneficial." W.B. (June 2022)
"I liked the layout and the video presentation. Learning the food chaining process and food rating." K.M. (June 2022)
"I liked the direction it provided for completing a proper case history and learning the detailed technique for food chaining." H.L. (June 2022)
"I work with a lot of kiddos in Early Intervention with feeding/swallowing issues. I read the book by the presenters in my first year as an SLP and loved it. I think they have some great ideas that work with the kiddos I serve. I think the rating scale will be most beneficial, especially for some of my older 6-8 year old outpatients who come just for feeding. The presenters explained everything so well. I enjoyed the pictures and hearing the case studies." T.N. (May 2022)
"Everything was great. I'm very interested in feeding therapy and have a child with ASD. Their use of examples helped a lot." (May 2022)
"Information was very clinically based with a lot of good takeaways to use right away." S.B. (May 2022)
"Helped me to know when to refer patients for feeding consultation." P.B. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the discussion of food chaining and how to implement strategies." S.S. (Apr. 2022)
"I believe the deep specifics on the steps of food chaining and the examples of different foods and liquids that could be incorporated was beneficial" J.T. (Mar. 2022)
"The explanation of food chaining and case studies were helpful for my understanding. Course expanded my knowledge and understanding of what food chaining is and what foods to try with my feeding patients." J.V. (Mar. 2022)
"The case studies combined with the in-depth explanation of food chaining (by food groups) was helpful in understanding the general concepts and how to put them into practice. I enjoyed the pace and real-world examples presented in the course." K.O. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the hands on examples of how to chain." D.D. (Mar. 2022)
"Rating scales and how to modify foods was beneficial. The case studies helped me piece things together." J.P. (Mar. 2022)
"Course provided good information on how to assess and begin a food chaining program, and also provided examples." J.R. (Feb. 2022)
"EVERYTHING!!! I'm an SLP and I'm new to feeding therapy. New student on my caseload has feeding goals, however, he's 12!" A.A. (Jan. 2022)
"The rating scale will be most helpful in my daily practice when treating children with feeding disorders. The scale will be helpful in creating goals and monitoring progress. I liked how the course was broken up into different segments. It helped me stay focused on the topic and helped me better retain information when I had to pause the course after each section." D.O. (Jan. 2022)
"The presentation was easy to follow, and there were many practical examples of therapy for a variety of infants and children with different feeding needs." J.B. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the background information about health issues causing picky eating. I'm wondering when EOE came on the radar. My son, now 16, was an extremely picky eater with the associated health issues. We went to so many doctors (pediatricians, allergists, 3 ENTs, immune system doctors). Nobody caught the EOE, despite what I know now to be classic symptoms. We finally figured it out at age 12. We tried more testing, diets, and medications to no avail. At age 14, he went on Neocate and no food for 6 weeks and finally saw remission. At age 14, he was 4'11" and 90 pounds. 18 months later, he was 5'7" and 135 pounds. We still struggle with picky/slow eating. This will be helpful." (Dec. 2021)
"I really enjoyed this course. It really helped me understand how to expand children's diets using their current food preferences. The entire content was wonderful, as well as the case studies and examples. So helpful!" A.C. (Dec. 2021)
"How to modify existing food preferences with other flavors or textures to improve variety was helpful for my daily practice. The course was very specific and had lots of practical recommendations that will be useful." T.J. (Nov. 2021)
"I liked the resources and ideas on how to present new foods, and expand. The rating form is very helpful." L.B. (Oct. 2021)
"I liked that the course was broken down into sections." A.E. (Oct. 2021)
"How to address the evaluation when we have a picky eater. The great strategies, tools and examples about how we can modify a child's diet." J.S. (Oct. 2021)
“I liked that it discussed Food Chaining from infancy through childhood. Many other courses focus on infants and toddlers, and this course incorporated school-age.” R.R. (Oct. 2021)
"The use of rating scales and importance of prechaining process was beneficial for my daily practice." G.L. (Sept. 2021)
"The case studies. It helped to synthesize all the information given and show how the information could be used in the "real world" with "real children". I liked the handouts because I can use them for quick reference." C.D. (Aug. 2021)
“I enjoyed food chaining, the case studies, and examples. I think the instructor was very thorough and detailed with her presentations. I like how I was able to learn at my own pace.” L.H. (Aug. 2021)
"The examples of food chains that were shared will be beneficial to my practice. I liked how in depth the case studies were." L.S. (Aug. 2021)
“I enjoyed the breakdown of treatment planning of food chaining and an explanation of the rating scale. I also liked that it was broken down in a way that you can use it in your practice immediately.” J.C. (Jul. 2021)
“How to initiate a food chaining program, and using the rating scale to determine which new foods to incorporate or modify was very insightful. I liked how the food chaining method follows a sensory approach to feeding, respecting the child's sensory profile without forcing new foods on them.” Y.D. (Jun. 2021)
"Learning how to modify foods to expand preferences was great!" M.I. (Jun. 2021)
"Learning how to implement Food Chaining and the importance of rating will be beneficial for my daily practice." K.B. (Jun. 2021)
"I loved hearing the thought process for analyzing a new client and then the various ways of altering foods to make them chain off a preferred food. My favorite aspect of this course was learning tidbits like grilled peanut butter and jelly can be easier to tolerate than regular peanut butter and jelly... little nuggets of knowledge that expand my repertoire of chaining knowledge. It was a fabulous course." F.A. (May 2021)
"The specific food groups discussed for food chaining, as well as, how to mask new foods introduced were beneficial. I found the two case studies and monthly updates beneficial to my daily practice with my pediatric feeding patients. Learning about the 6 steps, as well as, specific ways to assist children with oral-motor and sensory needs. I felt that this course covered all of the areas about food chaining (which I wanted to review). However, would have liked to see more videos of food chaining strategies." J.B. (Apr. 2021)
"It was fantastic to have a course on specifics to address the oral stage for swallowing disorders and a plan to help the child expand their palate. I liked the quality of content. Excellent course!!" L.G. (Mar. 2021)
“I enjoyed the in-depth discussion on treatment procedures including the use of rating scales, food chaining examples, and how to approach expanding from a currently accepted food.” H.G. (Mar. 2021)
“I found the food chaining examples were helpful and increased my understanding.” K.E. (Feb. 2021)
"I liked that it went through anatomy and then went into food chaining for a very complete look. The food chaining rating scale was most helpful." M.H. (Feb. 2021)
“I liked how they presented a few case studies so I could see how to implement the food chaining program.” T.P. (Jan. 2021)
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course
approval #25672. This eCourse is
offered at 0.3 CEUs, educational level
Intermediate, 1. Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation: ADL; Activity Demands: Objects used and their properties, required actions, required body functions and structures; Performance Skills: Sensory perceptural skills, motor and praxis skills
2. OT Process: Evaluation: analysis of occupational performance; Â Intervention: Develop intervention plan and approaches, implementation of intervention; Outcomes: Occupational performance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not
imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval #25672. This eCourse is offered at 0.3 CEUs, educational level Intermediate, 1. Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation: ADL; Activity Demands: Objects used and their properties, required actions, required body functions and structures; Performance Skills: Sensory perceptural skills, motor and praxis skills 2. OT Process: Evaluation: analysis of occupational performance; Â Intervention: Develop intervention plan and approaches, implementation of intervention; Outcomes: Occupational performance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Cheri Fraker, CCC-SLP, CLC, is an ASHA certified pediatric speech pathologist who earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech Pathology from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1986. Cheri's work in feeding is recognized internationally. She has published articles on Food Chaining in international medical periodicals, The Nest and Nutrition and the MD.
Cheri has worked in pediatrics for 28 years. She developed the techniques of Pre-Chaining and Food Chaining. Cheri has lectured on pediatric feeding disorders at ASHA, the UCLA/UMH Nutrition Leadership Conference, The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, The North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the 2004 World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in Paris, France.
She is the co-author of the books "Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: From NICU to Childhood” and "Food Chaining: The Six Step Solution to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems and Expand Your Child's Diet." Cheri specializes in evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders and is the lead therapist for the pediatric feeding team clinic at The Center for Selective Eating and Pediatric Feeding Disorders and the SIU-Koke Mill Pediatric Swallowing Clinic in Springfield, Illinois.
Financial — Cheri Fraker is a presenter of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Cheri Fraker is the co-author of "Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: From NICU to Childhood" and "Food Chaining: The Six Step Solution to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems and Expand Your Child's Diet"; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Cheri Fraker has no relevant nonfinancial disclosures.
Laura Walbert, CCC-SLP, CLC, is an ASHA certified pediatric speech pathologist who earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1996. Laura’s work in feeding is recognized internationally in medical journal periodicals and conference presentations on pediatric feeding disorders. Laura has also presented on evaluation and treatment of athlete’s with vocal cord dysfunction. She is the co-author of the books “Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: From NICU to Childhood” and “Food Chaining: The Six Step Solution to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems and Expand Your Child's Diet."
Financial — Laura Walbert is a presenter of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Laura Walbert is the co-author of "Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: From NICU to Childhood" and "Food Chaining: The Six Step Solution to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems and Expand Your Child's Diet"; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Laura Walbert has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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