FAQs – Parents


Can parents attend an SOS Approach to Feeding conference?

  • Due to the nature of the information presented along with the need for advanced degrees in this area of study, parents are not able to attend a conference unless they are accompanied by their child’s therapist.  If the child’s therapist would like to attend a conference, the parent would be able to sign up and attend with the therapist.  Your child’s therapist can then help give you additional information as needed for you to best understand the coursework.  They can also help field questions that you will have that are specific to your child.

My child won’t eat or will only eat limited kinds of food. What should I do?

  • We understand that having a child who does not eat well is very stressful for parents, guardians and caretakers.  We would recommend the following as the best options for getting help for your child:
  1. The first option to is contact a therapist in your area who has taken the SOS Approach to Feeding training. Please visit the Referral List for a list of therapists in your area.  This would be the best place to start, as it is always better to receive treatment in your home community whenever possible.
  2. Another option is to call Dr. Toomey’s Feeding Clinic (SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Institute) and for her staff to complete an intake with you regarding your concerns about your child. Based on this intake phone call, you may choose to receive therapy with your child at the STAR Center or they may give you other recommendations to try first.  If this is of interest to you, fill out the Intake Form on the STAR Institute website.

I would like to refer to this program in my blog. What is the correct way to do so?

  • The SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) Approach to Feeding Program was developed by Dr. Kay Toomey and is used worldwide to treat feeding issues in infants, children, and adolescents. For more information about SOS Approach to Feeding, visit the Toomey & Associates – SOS Approach to Feeding website.