About The Conference

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, behavioural/learning, medical, and nutritional factors to evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems comprehensively.

The S.O.S. Approach to Feeding Conference is an Intermediate level course.

It is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter.

The focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter.

Continuing Education

Toomey and associates is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

This course is offered for 3.0 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional content area). This course will focus on the treatment SOS Approach to Feeding and will not discuss other similar or related treatments. Not available for partial credit.

** Note:  Upon full completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference, participants must complete a course evaluation form.

Commission on Dietetic Registration

Activity Approved – Activity #159212 – CEUs Hours Approved 30

** Note:  Upon full completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference, participants must complete a course evaluation form.

American Occupational Therapy Association

Activity Approved – Activity #0000004183 – 3.0 CEUs

** Note:  Upon full completion of the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference, participants must complete a course evaluation form.

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.


    • List the seven areas of human function that need to be examined to provide a comprehensive Feeding Assessment.
    • Identify at least five of the oral, sensory, motor, cognitive or emotional developmental milestones key to being able to eat well.
    • List three reasons why children won’t eat, as based on learning theory principles.
    • Differentiate classical and operant conditioning principles as applied to resolving feeding problems.
    • Identify at least four of the necessary components of an SOS Approach to Feeding program for babies, toddlers and young children in either an individual or group therapy session.
    • List all three requirements for building a Food Hierarchy.
    • Identify at least one play-based strategy for progressing a child up each of the 6 major Steps on the Steps to Eating Hierarchy.

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Kay A. Toomey

Pediatric Psychologist; President of Toomey & Associates

Dr. Kay A. 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. 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 acted as the Clinical Director for Toomey & Associates, Inc.’s Feeding Clinic for six years and SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR for eight years. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., and acts as a Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute.

Financial Disclosure: Consultant for Nestec, a division of Nestle (paid) (Gerber Child Advocate/Developmental Panel member);President, Toomey & Associates, Inc. and Developer of the SOS Approach to Feeding program (paid). Non-Financial: Founding Medical Professional Council Member with Feeding Matters – PFD Alliance Committee Member (unpaid). Co-Author, “Behaviorally Based Feeding Problems” in Suiter & Gosa (Eds.) Assessing and Treating Dysphagia: A Lifespan Perspective (2019). New York: Thieme Publishers (unpaid) Founding Medical Professional Council Member with Feeding Matters - PFD Alliance Committee Member (unpaid)

Amanda Foster

Pediatric Speech Pathologist

She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital IHP. For over 15 years, Mrs Foster has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses in school, clinic, hospital, and early intervention settings.

She began her feeding career in 2005 at Toomey & Associates, Inc. and then moved to the SOS Feeding Solutions @ STAR with Dr Kay Toomey and Dr Lucy Jane Miller.

In 2010, Mrs Foster started a private practice specializing in providing feeding support for families in their homes and in community settings. Currently, she is the Lead Speech and Feeding Therapist at a multi-disciplinary pediatric clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In addition to presenting The SOS Approach to Feeding with Toomey & Associates, Inc., Mrs Foster has lectured on swallowing disorders at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. She also regularly presents on speech and feeding disorders at the parent, teacher, and professional seminars.

Financial Disclosure: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc.

Susan Kniffen

Pediatric Speech Pathologist

Susan Kniffen, MS, OTR/L received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University (VA). She spent the first two years of her career working with adults in acute care and rehabilitation settings before transferring to working in pediatric settings in 2005.

Since 2006, she has been a feeding specialist in addition to working with children who have orthopaedic, neurological, and complex medical needs. She is currently an occupational therapist and feeding specialist in the early intervention program for The Resource Exchange.

Previously she provided pediatric outpatient feeding and rehabilitation services through Memorial Hospital, Toomey & Associates Inc., and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Educating and empowering parents to be students of their children is her passion.

Financial Disclosure: Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc.

Intended Audience


  1. Speech-Language Pathologists
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Registered Dietitians
  4. Psychologists
  5. Physical Therapists
  6. Nurses
  7. Physicians.
  8. Mental Health Workers.
  9. Early Intervention Specialists
  10. Special Education Teachers
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Registration Cost


Single Registration



Group Registration



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Content Disclosure

The course is focused on the SOS Approach to Feeding, and there will be limited or no information about similar products or services.

  • To ensure Learners successfully achieve the Learning Outcomes above and to satisfy the completion requirements for the SOS Approach to Feeding conference and continuing education credits, all attendees are expected to attend the course for the entire duration of each day (Thursday-Saturday 7:30 am-5:00 pm, Sunday 7:30 am-3:00 pm)
  • Learners will need to take and pass one multiple choice quiz each day of the Conference to meet the requirements of this Training.
  • Additionally, all attendees are required to complete an evaluation form to receive their certificate of attendance.
  • Note: Training conferences are created for professionals. If parents wish to attend the training workshop, they must accompany their child’s feeding therapist.


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