Date: Sunday, January 7, 2023
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm CST
Fee: $219.00

Embark on a transformative journey at our inaugural Workshop Wee-Treat! Immerse yourself in a day of holistic learning as we seamlessly blend the fundamentals of Food Chaining with the empowering sensory-based Tools for Tots – an exclusive experience crafted just for you.

Kickstart your day by nourishing your body and mind with a continental breakfast. Prepare for learning by participating in an invigorating chair yoga session or indulging in moments of self-reflection. (This important part of the workshop is included in the contact hours.) The morning further unfolds with the essential Six Steps of Food Chaining, unraveling the complexities of feeding aversion, distinguishing between picky and problem eating, and mastering the “how tos” of food chaining (including case examples).

Following a delightful onsite lunch, refresh your senses to a refreshing outdoor nature trail hike or savor relaxation indoors, before diving into the dynamic Tools for Tots afternoon session which fuses the best of our Tools for Infants and Tools for Tots workshops. Stay updated on the latest research in sensory integration and sensory processing disorder. Uncover practical, sensory-based strategies to enhance a child’s ability to function in natural environments during everyday routines. For example, do you want to know “How to get a ‘busy bee’ to focus?” Or, “What can help get a ‘fussy firecracker’ to sleep?”

Engage with treatment videos and real-life case studies and take home the Tools for Infants and Tools for Tots books. Dress comfortably to personally experience how movement can affect alertness! Bring warm clothing and boots if needed to venture outdoors. Join us for a day of knowledge, growth, and practical tools that will leave you refreshed, empowered, and inspired!



$219 includes registration AND…

  1. Continental Breakfast
  2. Chair Yoga Session guided by Mary Marchetti, RYT (Yoga alliance certified)
  3. Nature Trail use
  4. Tools for Infants: Sensory-Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers and Early Intervention Providers book valued at $18.95
  5. Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers book valued at $18.95
  6. Lunch on site

Please email any dietary restrictions or special needs by 12/31/23 to 

The YMCA Triangle Hills Camp & Retreat Center
3838 W. 141st Ave.
Crown Point, IN 46397

SCHEDULE (Central Time)

8:30-9 am         Registration/Continental Breakfast

9-9:30               Prepare Mind & Body to Learn with Choice of All Level Chair Yoga -Or- Engage in Personal Meditation, Prayer or Reflection (Part of Workshop Contact Hrs.)

9:30-10:15        More than Picky – The 6 Steps of Food Chaining Therapy for the Picky & Problem Eater

10:15-10:30      Break

10:30-12 pm     Writing Fun Food Chains – Includes Food Chaining Examples & Case Studies (Walbert)

12-12:45           Lunch Served Onsite

12:45-1:15        Nature Trail Hike (Bring Warm Coats/Hats/Boots If Snow) or Rest & Refresh Indoors

1:15-2:30          Updates in Research on Sensory Integration & Sensory Processing (Swindeman)

2:30-2:45          Break

2:45-4:00          Sensory Processing Disorder Patterns & Subtypes in Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers with Case Studies (Swindeman)


Contact Hrs:  5.25

Early Intervention Relevance:  100%

IL EI Credit: Pending

CE Hrs are applicable for IN OT & PT licensure
(Registrants who need CE for other states need to check if applicable and/or apply on their own)
Wee Care Therapy is IN APTA License CE Approved Provider of CE with FS (Government Agency)
& IN OT PLA Certified CE Sponsor #98000818A

Upon completion of the course, participants will:

1) Describe picky vs. problem eating.

2) Describe how to set the table for success based on the child’s Individualized Eating Profile.

3) Describe key components of Fraker, Walbert and Cox’s PreChaining and Food Chaining therapy to treatment for toddlers and children and their families.

4)  Demonstrate a general understanding of evidence based sensory integration.

5) Identify characteristics of sensory processing disorder in infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

6) Discover practical sensory-based strategies to help infants, toddlers, and preschoolers during daily routines.                 

Therapists (BCBAs, RBTs, DTs, OTs, PTs, and STs) and parents

LEVEL:  Beginning to Intermediate         


Laura Walbert, MS, CCC/SLP is a Speech/Language Pathologist and internationally recognized expert in the treatment of a wide array of feeding disorders. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University in 1994 and 1996, respectively. With an impressive track record spanning over 25 years, Laura’s expertise shines in her work with pediatric patients who grapple with speech disorders, feeding difficulties, and dysphagia. Laura’s specialization extends to the treatment of various complex issues, including breastfeeding problems, selective eating, pediatric dysphagia, and paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction. Laura’s pioneering work in the field of feeding disorders has not only made waves nationally but also internationally, where her work is featured prominently in esteemed medical journal periodicals and conference presentations on pediatric feeding disorders. Laura is also a co-author of the books “Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: From NICU to Childhood” and “Food Chaining: The Six-Step Solution to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet.” She can be reached at

Susan Swindeman, OTR has been transforming the lives of children since her graduation from the OT program at University of IL at Chicago in 1984. Her journey led her to the creation of Wee Care Therapy in 1994, a testament to her unwavering commitment to pediatric care. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She firmly believes in the continual pursuit of excellence through advanced training, recognizing its pivotal role in enhancing therapy skills. She is certified in the administration and treatment of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. She shares her wealth of knowledge by presenting continuing education seminars internationally. Furthermore, she’s a co-author of two groundbreaking books, “Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers” and “Tools for Infants: Sensory-Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers, and Early Intervention Providers.” These invaluable resources have been translated into German, Turkish, and Brazilian Portuguese. She can be reached at and on social media @susanswindeman or @weecaretherapy.