From Triage to Treatment: Therapy 911 What to Do for Your Most Challenging Feeding Therapy Patients


Fri Sept 16, and Sat Sept 17, 2016

Cheri Fraker
, MS, CCC/SLP, Laura Walbert, MS, CCC/SLP, and Sibyl Cox, RD, LD, CLC

Cost: $350
Contact Hours: 13
INOTA Approval as Certified Provider
IL EI Approval:  5.0 Typical Development, 7.0 Intervention, 1.25 Working with Families
Hampton Inn and Suites
8936 Calumet Ave
Munster, IN 46321

Hotel Phone: 219-836-5555

OT, PT, ST, behavior specialists, and parents.

Seminar Description:
Cheri Fraker, CCC/SLP and Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP will be joined by pediatric dietitian Sibyl Cox, RD from the SIU School of Medicine. This new, advanced feeding therapy course is designed to teach participants how to triage a feeding disorder, identify the 911 risks to the child, determine who to call to make appropriate referrals and then form a plan to work together as a team during diagnostic therapy. The Therapy 911 course will help therapists avoid problems before they start, solve problems when they do occur and help therapists learn how to get a derailed therapy program back on course. Oral and tube feeding regimens will be discussed. Dynamic learning will be emphasized via an interactive model of teaching with participant participation. The most complex case studies will be used throughout the course. Videos will be used to maximize learning. Treatment strategies will be discussed and analyzed in detail. This course will provide the treating therapist with practical, common sense information to implement immediately and will provide the education you need to develop your diagnostic skills and improve your treatment outcomes. Course handout will provide easy to use guides, references and forms and it is designed for daily use.

Seminar Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • List anatomical and physiological factors that create roadblocks to successful oral eating.
  • Identify the professionals needed to overcome the obstacles to oral eating.
  • Discuss the criteria for tube placement, need for special formulas and supplements, and specific tube feeding regimens
  • Identify the appropriate hierarchy of medical, nutritional and therapeutic intervention


Day One  
8:00 -8:30 am Registration
8:30-9:30 The 911 issues
9:30-10:15 Analysis of the diet:   Nutrition and Food Chaining
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 Supplementing the diet:   A to correct use of formulas and supplements
11:15-12:00 911 team care: Is it failure to thrive? Therapy for the malnourished child
12:00-1:15 Lunch Break
1:15-2:15 Dysphagia therapy for the oral and tube fed child
2:15-3:15 Feeding therapy for transitioning to oral feeding
3:15-3:30 Break
3:15-4:15 The key decisions in treatment: started on the right
4:15-5:15 Help! The Most Challenging Cases and Phases of Treatment
Day Two  
8:30-9:30 911:Cases-The Digestive tract disorders
9:30-10:15 Videos (Therapy)
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 911: Cases-Dysphagia
11:15-noon 911: Cases-Extreme Aversion
Noon-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:15 911 Cases: Autism
2:15-3:00 Case studies
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Troubleshooting: Panel Q and A




About the Speakers:

Cheri Fraker, CCC/SLP and Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP are certified, licensed pediatric speech pathologists who specialize in feeding and swallowing disorders in infants and children. They have published and presented on feeding disorders internationally. Cheri and Laura work at Koke Mill Medical Center’s The Center for Selective Eating and Pediatric Feeding Disorders, a multidisciplinary feeding team clinic in Springfield, Illinois. They are co-owners of Preemietalk and ANEW way Images.

Sibyl Cox, RD is a registered and licensed pediatric dietitian and certified lactation consultant and she specializes in pediatric nutrition. She has provided nutritional assessments and counseling to infants and children and their families in inpatient care and outpatient clinics at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Ms. Cox graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Masters of Science in nutrition and completed the coordinated program in dietetics. Sibyl is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition, and NASPGHAN’s Council for Pediatric Nutrition Professionals.
Cheri and Laura have co-authored “Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders from NICU to Childhood.” Cheri, Laura, and Sibyl Cox are co-authors of “Food Chaining: The Six Step Solution to Solve Feeding Problems, Stop Picky Eating and expand Your Child’s Diet” for which they received royalties. None of these products will be advertised nor sold at this venue. They have published and presented on feeding disorders internationally and are receiving an Honorarium for this presentation.


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