At this time, almost all of my workshops will be presented virtually through Motivations Inc. For dates, times, and cost, please see link below.
For information about an existing workshop or if you would like to inquire about setting up a 1 or 2 day workshop or private training, please email Krisi Brackett at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the CAN-EAT Approach©?
Using medical, motor, and therapeutic strategies to prioritize intervention in pediatric feeding
The CAN-EAT © Approach is based on my 29 years of experience working in hospitals, early intervention, out-patient, and on a medically based feeding team. Pediatric Feeding Disorders (PFD) are complicated and multifactorial. Understanding how to support children and families with PFD from a medical and nutritional perspective as well as therapeutic will improve your ability to care for these clients.
CAN = Comfort and Nutrition- gut comfort, proper nutrition and growth, and swallowing function come first. This includes medical and nutritional intervention for reflux, constipation, food intolerance, hypersensitivity/pain issues and assessment of swallowing skills.
EAT = Establish Acceptance of dry spoon or easy textures, meal time schedule, or positive experiences with food then Therapy for oral motor and feeding skill development and improving volume and variety of intake.
Course Description: Pediatric feeding and swallowing problems are complicated and often multifactorial. This two-day course will focus on how to use medical, motor and behavioral strategies to diagnose, prioritize treatment options, and ensure successful outcomes for your patients.
Day 1: will concentrate on medical (GI and Airway) issues that interfere with feeding progression. Focus on identification and intervention of medical issues are covered in depth.
Day 2: will focus on nutritional management, feeding and swallowing evaluation, and therapeutic intervention. Therapy strategies for common feeding problems will be covered in depth with lecture, discussion, and video illustration. Live demos are welcome in in-person classes. Therapy topics covered will include weaning from a g-tube, improving acceptance of volume and variety of food, reducing picky eating, and oral motor progression from sucking to chewing.
Class Dynamic: I welcome open discussion- please bring your experience and challenging cases to brainstorm. You will leave this class with a solid foundation on how to approach children and families with PFD.