Pediatric Feeding Conference Louisville 2016

Treating Complex Feeding Disorders
September 30 – October 1, 2016
Presented by Mary C. Tarbell-Bickley, M.Ed., CCC/SLP

Course Description

This two-day workshop is designed for professionals who serve children with complex feeding aversions/disorders in hospital, school and private practice settings.
Day one will cover information regarding comprehensive evaluation of all of the aspects that may negatively impact a child’s ability to eat normally. Topics will include common GI, Pulmonary, and Cardiac issues, growth and nutrition as well as motor and sensory prerequisites. Day two will focus on treatment of feeding disorders starting in the NICU setting and continuing through school-aged children. A multitude of topics will be discussed ranging from weaning a child from a gastronomy tube to treating the child with oral motor dysfunction to helping a child with selective eating disorders. In addition to innovative effective treatment techniques, participants will learn the criteria to determine what intensity of therapy is warranted. Instructional methods include case studies with discussion and videos, lectures and handouts.

Course Credit

This course has been submitted to ASHA for approval of 1.1 CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area).

Learning Objectives

Participants will identify elements that interfere with normal eating.
Participants will identify children who are appropriate and ready for oral functional therapy.
Participants will be able to complete holistic evaluation for complex feeding problems.
Participants will identify the barriers to normal eating patterns and potential treatment goals.
Participants will be able to to describe a holistic treatment approach including determining the appropriate intensity of therapy (including issues of timing as to when to use resources differently)



Mary Tarbell–Bickley engages students with her dynamic presentation style and deep expertise gained over 27 years as a speech–language pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding disorders. She currently works at the University of Virginia’s Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is the director of the nationally known Encouragement Feeding Program, through which she has directly seen over 500 children with complex feeding disorders. Mrs. Tarbell-Bickley has published a peer reviewed article in Infants and Young Children regarding weaning children from gastronomy tubes and has co-published a chapter in Communication Sciences and Disorders: An Introduction (2006). She currently lectures at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education regarding pediatric feeding disorders.

Presented by: University of Louisville Dept of Otolaryngology–Head/Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders and Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies

Course Location

Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre (Community Room)
982 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40217



Early Bird Registration
$350.00before September 1
Regular Registration$375.00by September 16
Group Rate Registration (3 or more)
$350.00registering together by September 16
A $15.00 fee reduction will be applied if electronic versus paper-based slides are requested.

Cancellation Notice/Fee will be accepted until two weeks prior to the course minus an administration fee of $50.00; No refunds will be issued after the deadline.



Mail checks made payable to “Kids Center” to

Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies PO Box 17630 Louisville, KY 40217

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