(3406) Feeding Difficulties and Sensory Issues 5th - 6th February 2018 - Birmingham, UK
This 2 classroom day course explores different types of feeding difficulties related to sensory issues. This course is open to therapists.
Many of the children treated in occupational therapy for sensory integration disorders experience difficulties with feeding. Sensory issues are often overlooked, or misinterpreted as behavioral problems. This course is about clinical reasoning concerning children who are very selective in their food choices, or refuse to eat without apparent cause.
This 2 day course explores different types of feeding difficulties related to sensory issues. Basic theory is reviewed and a proposed methodology of evaluation and treatment planning are presented.
During the course we review the different causes of food refusal and food selectivity, to ensure a proper understanding of the feeding problem. Differential diagnosis is very important as it is the first step in choosing the correct treatment. We therefore spend a lot of time tweaking out psychological, sensory, motor and medical issues that may all coexist, be confounded and lead to feeding problems. A multidisciplinary approach is presented through discussion of case studies.
This course is about understanding the underlying issues so that one can choose the treatment approach which most suits the child and refer to the professional who can best meet the needs of the child. Basic prevention, evaluation and treatment methods are presented, but an in-depth review of each treatment approach is beyond the scope of this course.
There is not a single approach or professional domain which can effectively respond to all feeding issues. The key is identifying the underlying problem or problems in order to create an individualised, often multidisciplinary, treatment plan.
This course covers children from 6 months to toddlers; children with subtle developmental issues. It also touches upon sensory considerations related to feeding in children with cerebral palsy, in very young babies, and in older children.
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