SOS Approach To Feeding

When Children Won't Eat, Picky Eaters Vs. Problem Feeders
3 Mar 2021 - 28 Feb 2021 | Duration : 4 day Seminar

The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding workshop is a trans- disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

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

Course Description:
This four day conference “SOS Approach to Feeding” is a trans-disciplinary program developed by Dr. Kay in the USA to assist professionals in understanding of the multi-factorial complexity of feeding difficulties, as well as how to identify areas that need intervention and how to holistically treat the child.  The conference offers a comprehensive training in SOS Approach to Feeding Program, general and specific therapeutic strategies for feeding as well as other knowledge on the principles of evaluating feeding dysfunctions.

This therapeutic approach has been developed and refined through the clinical work of Dr. Kay Toomey and other colleagues from other disciplines such as occupational therapists, pediatricians, dietitians, speech language therapists.  This program integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/ learning, medical, and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/ growth problems. 
Philosophy of the program is based on the “normal” developmental steps, stages, and skills of feeding found in typically developing children. 

The conference focuses in the assessment and treatment of children from birth until the age of 18 years old.  This program is appropriate for children that may have neurological deficits and/or medical conditions, children in the autistic spectrum, children with oral-motor and/or sensory processing deficits, as well as “picky eaters”.

Course Objectives:
Participants attending will be able to:
1. List the seven areas of human function that need to be examined to provide a comprehensive Feeding Assessment. 
2. Identify at least five of the oral, sensory, motor, cognitive or emotional developmental milestones key to being able to eat well. 
3. List three reasons why children won’t eat, as based on learning theory principles. 
4. Differentiate classical and operant conditioning principles as applied to resolving feeding problems. 
5. Identify at least four of the necessary components of an SOS Approach to Feeding program for babies, toddlers and young children in either an individual or group therapy session. 
6. List all three requirements for building a Food Hierarchy. 
7. Identify at least one play based strategy for progressing a child up each of the 6 major Steps on the Steps to Eating Hierarchy. 

** Participants are expected to attend all 4 days of the course for the entire length of each day (8am to 5pm), in order to receive their Certificate and their full continuing education credits.  Participants will miss crucial information needed to be able to correctly use the SOS Approach to Feeding program if they come late or leave the course early.  Participants are required to make all travel arrangements accordingly to attend the full conference. 

Dr. Kay A. Toomey

Dr. Kay A. Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 30 years.  She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems.  Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach.  She also acts as a consultant to Gerber Products.  Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children’s Hospital – Denver’s Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center’s Pediatric Feeding Center.  Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice.  Dr. Toomey acted as the Clinical Director for Toomey & Associates, Inc.’s Feeding Clinic for six years and SOS Feeding Solutions @ STAR for eight years. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., and acts as a Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute. 

Dr. Erin Sundseth Ross

Dr. Erin Sundseth Ross is a Speech Pathologist with a Doctoral degree in Clinical Sciences – Health Services Research.  She completed a two-year post-doctoral training in the Section of Nutrition and is a Clinical Instructor in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Colorado Denver.  Dr. Ross has over 25 years of experience working in the NICU within several HealthONE hospitals, and with children when she was at the SOS Feeding Solutions clinic in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Ross is the creator of the SOFFI MethodSM, a feeding program for use in the NICU.  She has specialized in the development of feeding skills, and the etiology and treatment of feeding and growth problems in infants and very young children from initial hospitalization through the first 5 years of life. 

Place : Semeli Hotel

Address :

10, Petraki Yiallourou Street, 1077,
Nicosia Cyprus
Tel: +357 22452121
Fax: +357 22670200


The full amount of the tuition fee should be prepay before February 1st, 2021.
Note: The tuition fees includes: seminar notes, certificates, coffee snacks and finger food for lunch.

Price 890.00 €
Discount EndDate 30-11-2020
Discount Amount -110.00 € - Early registration and settlement of amount €780.00 +19%VAT (Payable amount including VAT €928,20) until 07 Feb 2020 - Registration and settlement after the 07 Feb 2020 must be given the amount of €890.00 +19%VAT (Payable amount including VAT €1059,10)
VAT Amount 148.20 €
Payable Amount 928.20 €
Payment Option/s
Deposit 500.00 € To secure and successfully complete your registration, you are required to pay a deposit of Five hundred Euro (€500) within five days from the registration day, otherwise the registration will be considered as cancelled: We will then contact you to confirm your registration
Balance Amount 428.20 € Registration and settlement after the December 1, 2020 must be given the amount of €890.00 +19%VAT (Payable amount including VAT €1059,10)

Transportation from and to Larnaca and Paphos Airports  
Cyprus By Bus: 
Travel Express: 
Kapnos Airport Shuttle:
 Intercity transportation in Nicosia by bus 

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Denial of Responsibility:
All the information contained in this flyer is accurate at the time of release. Organizers of this event have the right to make changes to the program, topics, and speakers as deemed necessary without prior notification.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation will have to be send in written until November 30, 2020. 
- A €90 administrative fee will be applied to all refunds.
- No refunds will be issued for cancellations received on December 1st, 2020 or later, but registration may be substituted for another attendee.
 AbleTools Ltd must be notified of substitutions at least 24 hours in writing (email acceptable) before the start of the event otherwise the substitution cannot be honored. If the organizers cancel the course, full amount of registration fees will be returned.
The organizer is not responsible for delays or cancellations due to weather, airline mechanical or scheduling issues, acts of God and acts of terrorism.  If the conference is cancelled due to weather, airline mechanical or scheduling issues, acts of God and acts of terrorism, AbleTools ltd will make good faith effort to reschedule this Conference at the first possible mutually decided upon date between the HOST and SPEAKER.  


The organizers assume no responsibility for any loss or damage to property or any injury to a participant that may take place during or outside the duration of the seminar. The organizers assume no liability for any additional travel, accommodation, or other expenses that may arise in connection with this seminar. Participants will be responsible for any damage and/or additional fees.


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  • +357 22 250 115
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