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Basic 3.75 Day Conference – Manhattan Beach (L.A. area)

February 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 11, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding workshop is a trans- disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.


Course Objectives

1. Identify oral, sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional developmental milestones key to feeding.

2. Recognize and describe the major reasons why children won’t eat, as based on learning theory principles.

3. Identify physical, behavioral, motor, oral-motor, and sensory factors as a part of a Feeding Assessment.

4. Apply behavioral and social learning principles, and systematic desensitization to feeding problems.

5. Create and implement a S.O.S feeding program in group and individual treatment formats.


Intended Audience

Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Special Education Teachers, Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Early Intervention Specialists, Nurses, Physicians, and Mental Health Workers.

Course Level

The SOS Approach to Feeding conference is an Intermediate level course: Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter.

Note: Training conferences are created for professionals. If parents wish to attend the training workshop, they must be accompanied by their child’s feeding therapist.

Cost/Group Discounts

Cost/Group Discounts

Early Bird Registration:  Register by December 15, 2017 and receive $50 off standard registration – $735

Standard Registration:  $785

Group Discounts

Toomey & Associates offers a 20% discount off the current registration fee for groups of 5 or more within the same organization.  To receive the group discount, please send the names of all participants in your group to Lisa at info@sosapproach.com by January 15, 2018.


Hotel Accommodation and Special Rate

A reduced rate of $189/night (plus tax) has been negotiated with the Manhattan Beach Marriott  for a limited number of rooms.  (approximate $85 less than standard listed rates)  Marriott Location:  1400 Parkview Avenue Manhattan Beach California 90266.

To receive the special discounted rate, please make your reservation at Marriott Manhattan Beach – Toomey & Associates Conference or by calling 1 (800) 228-9290.  When calling, please request the Toomey & Associates rate to ensure that you receive the discount).  Reservations must be made prior to January 19, 2017.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of the above methods.


Speakers and Disclosures

Dr. Kay Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 30 years. She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with Feeding Problems. Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach. She also acts as a consultant to Gerber Products. Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children’s Hospital – Denver’s Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center’s Pediatric Feeding Center. Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., as well as the Clinical Director of SOS Feeding Solutions @ STAR (Sensory Therapy and Research Center with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller).

Bethany CF Kortsha, MA, OTR/L received her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from The College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She completed her Master’s thesis on Autism and feeding challenges using the SOS Approach to Feeding. Bethany currently works as a Pediatric Feeding Specialist at S.O.S. Feeding Solutions at STAR Center (Sensory Therapies and Research Center with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller). She also is the Director of Clinical Mentorship for Toomey & Associates, Inc. Prior to joining STAR Center and Toomey & Associates, Inc., Bethany worked as a member on a multidisciplinary team in a day treatment clinic for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, SPD, emotional/behavioral disorders, and feeding problems. Additionally, Bethany has completed the SPD Foundations Intensive Mentorship Program and is a certified DIR Floortime Provider.

Deborah Lagerborg, CCC-SLP received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. During her graduate studies, she focused on feeding disorders and dysphagia in infants and children. Deborah currently works as a Pediatric Feeding Specialist and Speech Pathologist for Developmental Disabilities Resource Center. Prior to this position, Deborah worked at a Pediatric Feeding Specialist at SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Institute. Deborah began her career in a pediatric outpatient hospital setting, working primarily with infants and children with feeding disorders. She also spent time working in the NICU as part of a multidisciplinary team, supporting premature infant development and early feeding experiences. Deborah’s passion is to work with the families, empowering parents to support their own child’s development and success.

Statement of Financial/Non-Financial Relationships

Dr. Kay A. Toomey – Financial: Paid Consultant for Nestle Infant Nutrition (Gerber division); Paid Speaker for Education Resources, Inc.; Paid Speaker for STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder. Non-Financial: Unpaid Medical Professional Council Member for Feeding Matters, (formerly P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E.)

Bethany Kortsha – Financial: Paid Speaker for Education Resources, Inc.; Paid Speaker for STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder; Non-Financial: Bethany has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Deborah Lagerborg – Financial: Paid Speaker for Education Resources, Inc.; Paid Speaker for STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder; Non-Financial: Deborah has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Attendance Requirement

Attendance Requirements

Conference attendance requirements: ** Participants are expected to attend the course for the entire length of each day (8am to 5pm, Days 1-3, 8am to 3:15pm on Day 4) to receive their SOS Certificate of Attendance and their full CEU credits. Leaving early or missing time during the conference results in participants missing crucial information needed to correctly use the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Please make any travel arrangements to ensure that you do not need to leave the conference early on any day. NO EXCEPTIONS. 


Continuing Education Information

This course is offered for 2.85 CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional content area). This course will delineate special concepts and treatment variations for specific feeding problems. Not available for partial credit.

Participants requiring ASHA CEUs will be required to complete an ASHA CEU Participant Form at the end of the conference and return it to a Toomey & Associates staff member or volunteer. ASHA CEUs cannot be awarded retroactively.

Available for partial credit: No

Toomey & Associates, Inc. is an AOTA Single Course Approved Provider of Continuing Education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

AOTA continuing education credit awarded: 2.85 AOTA CEUs

Other Associations

Please contact your association to inquire as to whether this course will meet the requirements for continuing education credits. Upon request, we are happy to provide any additional information for submission to your association.

ADA Requests

Americans With Disabilities Act

Toomey & Associates, Inc. complies with ADA provisions. If you require special accommodations or need assistance, please contact Toomey & Associates at least two weeks in advance of the conference at info@sosapproach.com or (720) 663-9116.


February 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am
February 11, 2018 @ 3:15 pm


Toomey & Associates
(720) 663-9116


Manhattan Beach, CA
1400 Parkview Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 United States
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(800) 228-9290