HMS Feeding:  Diagnostics and Treatment Strategies for the Picky Eater

HMS Feeding: Diagnostics and Treatment Strategies for the Picky Eater


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Speaker: Heidi Miller, M.S. CCC-SLP, COM®

Course Description
This HMS Feeding Course is focused on both diagnostics and therapy strategies for the picky eater. Heidi Miller discusses what a clinician should observe through a myofunctional lens during a feeding evaluation. We explore how an underlying Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) can impact a child with a Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD). We also followed a case study together and learned how to detect underlying orofacial myofunctional deficits in a client during a feeding evaluation.
The later portion is treatment focused. The etiology of why a child is a picky eater has a direct impact on the approach that a clinician will primarily utilize while treating that client for picky eating and expansion of repertoire. While sometimes the strategies overlap, other times they differ. Heidi Miller will be exploring therapy strategies used with clients via videos and hand on demonstrations who have a history of picky eating and varying comorbidities including underlying OMD,’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), medical involvement, and Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). Heidi will demonstrate the therapeutic treatment strategies that she has found to be the most successful with each of the aforementioned populations. She will also share some aspects of her HMS Feeding Therapy Protocol for Expansion of Repertoire and how it relates to some of these populations.  

Learning Outcomes

The participant will be able to:

1) Identify at least two of the most common OMD’s discovered during a feeding evaluation.
2) Describe one reason tethered oral tissue can negatively impact feeding.
3) List at least 3 therapeutic strategies to use with the picky eater population
4) Identify which therapy strategy the client will most likely respond to based on history.
5) Describe the HMS Feeding Protocol.

Timed Agenda

60 minutes - Identifying OMDs and how TOTs can affect feeding

30 minutes – Case study/ knowing what strategies to use

30 min – HMS Feeding Protocol

Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.

 (pending AOTA approval)

(see TalkTools ASHA CEU Policy and Process for more information)

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