WEBINAR | A Sensory Motor Approach to Modified Baby-Led Weaning for the At-Risk Infants [August 4, 2020] [RECORDING]

WEBINAR | A Sensory Motor Approach to Modified Baby-Led Weaning for the At-Risk Infants [August 4, 2020] [RECORDING]


Date: August 4, 2020

Location: Webinar (RECORDING)

Presenter: Lori L. Overland MS CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC, FOM and Jill Rabin M.S. CCC-SLP/L IBCLC

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Course Description

This webinar will focus on techniques to transition babies, at risk for feeding disorders, to solid food feedings. This novel approach integrates a sensory motor approach to feeding with modified baby-led weaning (Overland, L. & Rabin, J., 2019).

Feeding disorders are often present at birth and can be the first red flag for developmental disabilities (Overland & Merkel-Walsh, 2013). Feeding and swallowing disorders affect between 25 to 45 percent of the typically developing children and closer to 80 percent of children diagnosed with medical or behavioral disorders (chw.org). The following, recently published, definition is based upon the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines: “Pediatric feeding disorder” (PFD) is defined as impaired oral intake that is not age-appropriate and is associated with medical, nutritional, feeding skill and/or psychosocial dysfunction (Goday, P. Huh, S., Silverman, A., Lukens, C., Dodrill, P ., Cohen, S., Delaney, A., Feuling, M., Noel, R., Gisel, E., Kenzer, A., Kessler, D., Camargo, O., Browne, J. & Phalen, J., 2019).

Factors which may be associated with feeding and swallowing disorders include, but are not limited to prematurity (ie: extended NICU stays), medical issues (ie: cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal issues, allergies), tone/postural issues, syndromes (ie: Down syndrome, Velocardiofacial syndromes, Pierre Robin syndrome), structural issues (ie: TOTs, cleft lip/palate), and less obvious factors such as epigenetics, assisted reproductive technology, advanced maternal/paternal age, and autism.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will be able identify factors which place an infant at risk for feeding
  2. Participants will be able to list at least four benefits of modified baby-led weaning.
  3. Participants will be able to list at least four benefits of a pre-feeding and therapeutic
    feeding program.

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

This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area)(see TalkTools ASHA CEU Policy and Process for more information)

TalkTools®️ is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 4782. This self-study course qualifies for 2 self-study contact hours or 0.2 CEUs in the Category of Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

IBLCE approval pending for R CERPs.

Webinar Details


Schedule (12:00PM - 02:00PM Eastern)

  • 10 minutes    Introduction & overview
  • 05 minutes    Defining feeding disorders
  • 05 minutes    Infants at risk for long term feeding disorders
  • 10 minutes    Long Term nutritional, health, dental, sleep, developmental, and structural implications of feeding issues
  • 10 minutes    What is Baby-led weaning?
  • 10 minutes    Potential implications for babies at risk of feeding disorders
  • 15 minutes    A Sensory-Motor Approach to Pre-Feeding and Therapeutic Feeding
  • 15 minutes    Modified Baby-led weaning
  • 30 minutes    Integrating two approaches: A Sensory motor approach to supporting baby-led weaning (video case studies)
  • 10 minutes   Q&A


Lori L. Overland MS CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC, FOM Bio and Financial Disclosure

Jill Rabin M.S. CCC-SLP/L IBCLC Bio and Financial Disclosure

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