WEBINAR | The Nose Knows: The Influence of Olfaction on Feeding Choices [NOVEMBER 30 2020] [7PM to 8PM EDT]

WEBINAR | The Nose Knows: The Influence of Olfaction on Feeding Choices [NOVEMBER 30 2020] [7PM to 8PM EDT]


Date: November 30, 2020

Location: Webinar (07:00PM-08:00PM EST)

Presenter: Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️

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Course Description

Smells bring back memories. That is because the sense of olfaction lives in the memory and learning centers of the brain. A newborn can easily detect the scent of their mother. The smell of bacon cooking can arouse you from sleep. Your mouth waters when you smell your favorite meal being prepared. The smell of apple pie brings back memories of your grandma’s kitchen.

Olfaction is also connected to gustation (taste). The olfactory receptors work with the gustatory receptors and play a vital role in finding food, discriminating it from toxic substances, and appreciating its flavor. When children or adults are under-responsive to smell due to loss of olfaction or over-responsive due to sensory processing issues, various impacts on feeding may occur such as reduced hunger or gagging. This course explores the role of olfaction in feeding choices across the lifespan.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to list 3 causes of anosmia (loss of smell).
  2. Participants will be able to list 3 ways in which olfaction (smell) can enhance or impede gustation (taste).
  3. Participants will be able to describe at least two ways in which olfaction could impact feeding.

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 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory 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 1 self-study contact hours or 0.1 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: Introductory

Webinar Details


Schedule (7:00PM - 8:00PM Eastern)

  • 20 minutes    Olfaction and Gustation Facts
  • 30 minutes    Clinical Considerations on the Impact of Olfaction on Feeding
  • 10 minutes    Wrap-up/Q&A


Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️ Instructor Bio and Financial Disclosure 

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