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Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Conference

When Aug 21, 2018 07:30 AM to
Aug 24, 2018 04:30 PM
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Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding
A trans-disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight or growth problems, from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioural and learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding and growth problems.

Developed by Dr. Kay Toomey, the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to feeding program is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviours in a variety of settings and populations. Parents and caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge. Because the interplay between weight gain and a child’s experience of food can be complicated, there is rarely an easy solution when a feeding problem arises. The SOS approach uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the ‘whole child’: organ systems, muscles, development, sensory processing, oral –motor skills, learning, behaviour and cognition, nutrition and the environment.

The SOS Approach to Feeding Conference takes place in Johannesburg, 21 – 24 August 2018.

The 4-day Basic Conference is designed for babies, toddlers and small children. Other ages and special populations are covered in the Advanced Workshops.


Participants attending will be able to:

1. Identify oral, sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional developmental milestones key to feeding.

2. Recognize and describe the major reasons why children won’t eat, as based on learning theory principles.

3. Identify physical, behavioral, motor, oral-motor, and sensory factors as a part of a Feeding Assessment.

4. Apply behavioral and social learning principles, and systematic desensitization to feeding problems.

5. Create and implement a S.O.S feeding program for babies, toddlers and young children, in group and individual treatment formats.

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