Get further in your feeding therapy journey by joining our...
Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop - online!
Mon 2nd Oct - Sun 26th Nov 2023 AEDT
(Sun 1st Oct - Sat 25th Nov EST in USA)
Registration closed. Join waitlist for 2024 courses
Can you relate...?
You're new to infant or paediatric feeding, it's hard to get experience and you don't know quite where to start...
Or you're a more experienced feeding therapist but you need more evidence-based learning about infant oral sensory motor function, tongue ties, infant mental health, and intervention techniques...
You lack confidence with oral motor examinations and feel unsure about what you're looking for...
You're short on time and don't have capacity to travel to attend an event or sit all day in a workshop (especially in COVID times!)
You felt more confident in the oral sensorimotor foundations of all feeding development and specific areas such as oral motor exams and tongue ties
You were able to fill the gap in your knowledge to begin to work with babies in your feeding practice, rather than referring them on
You're working with toddlers, preschoolers and school age children and you understand oral motor development and therapies to support the early stages of chewing
You had a handle on the evidence base around tongue tie and how to identify and manage tongue ties in young children
You were able to work at your own pace a time that suits you (for less than one hour per week to complete the course, if you took your time)
We developed the Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop with you in mind!
In the online Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop you'll learn:
Developmental foundations of feeding & oral development
Understand the typical stages of infant oral and feeding development (0-12 months) that underpin feeding and feeding therapy at all ages. You'll learn more about the development of oral structure and function, oral sensory motor development, and psychosocial development of infants.
Assessment of oral structure, function & feeding skills
Learn how to complete a feeding case history, an in-depth oral motor examination, and the fundamentals of a feeding observation. Example pictures and videos of the various oral structures and functions are provided, as well as some sample assessment forms.
Evidence-based assessment & management of tongue-tie
We will discuss in-depth the potential impact of tongue and lip ties, current controversies, and the research base for your decision making. Photo and video examples are provided of tongue tie assessment. Management of tongue ties in relation to difficulties with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, solids and oral function is highlighted throughout the course.
Treatment of breastfeeding & bottle feeding difficulties
Learn more about breastfeeding and bottle feeding in infants, including facilitative and compensatory strategies for improving difficulties in these areas. The importance of working within a team is highlighted.
Treatment of early solids difficulties, including oral motor skills
Identify treatment principles and techniques for the treatment of early solids difficulties, including oral motor skills for feeding. We will discuss infant mental health approaches to treatment, and review 'stress points' - common referral reasons and corresponding therapeutic strategies.
#1- Four recorded video modules (~1.5hrs each)
Secure login to access the course modules for 8 weeks. Watch at your own pace, rewind, replay as much as you want. Watch in your web browser or through our mobile app.
#2- 1hr live Q&A session for your course questions (optional)
Interactive Zoom session with our course presenter, Carly, recorded and uploaded to the course platform for the remainder of the course.
#3- Printed workshop manual
100+ page workshop manual of the course slides printed and posted to you. International shipping included in international registrations.
#4- Clinical handouts and sample forms
Samples of a selection of feeding handouts and clinical forms used at Babble & Munch Speech Pathology.
At the end of the course, the SPs/OTs/DTs in the group will have the opportunity to join the Feeding Therapy Lab, our ongoing, online learning and support program for feeding therapists who have completed the Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop!
Therapists are loving our course...
Christine, Speech Pathologist
Babble and Munch's Infant Feeding Foundations is a must for any feeding therapist. Learn the important why of what we do, how to to do it and importantly, where to find up to date information to guide continued EBP.
Kiara, Speech Pathologist
110% recommend this course. If you are wanting to take on more infants who have feeding concerns on your caseload, this course definitely covers it all. Carly's experience is priceless and invaluable, something you cannot just search like a research article. The online nature of the course allows you to complete at your own pace which I loved for my busy schedule and the workbook provided with all the slides was very helpful to write down all of Carly's wisdom and tips!
Course Modules & Agenda
Pre-Recorded Video + Additional Resources
Developmental foundations of feeding and oral development 0-12 months
Welcome & introduction
Infant feeding landscape: Parts making up the whole
Developmental stages of typical oral structure and function
Oral sensory motor feeding skill development
(1 hour 30 minutes)
Assessment of oral structure, function and feeding skills
Feeding case histories and pre-feeding assessment
Completing an in-depth oral motor examination
Tongue & lip ties: Impact and assessment
Feeding assessment observations
(1 hour 50 minutes)
Treatment 0-6 months
Bottle feeding management
Intervening with oral function
Management of tongue tie and current evidence
(1 hour 30 minutes)
Treatment 6-12 months
Treatment of early solids difficulties
Infant mental health approach to treatment
Stress points: Common solids feeding difficulties and therapeutic strategies
Management of tongue tie with solids and current evidence
Oral sensory motor therapy for early solids
(1 hour 45 minutes)
Live Online Q&A ( 1 hour, Optional)
Introduction (5 minutes)
Answering participant questions related to the course and infant feeding (40 minutes)
Showcasing the Feeding Therapy Lab program at the end of the Q&A (15 minutes - optional)
(1 hour total; 30 minutes able to be counted towards ASHA CEUs - optional)
You + this online workshop + the course manual
= Everything you need to get started!
Watch in your own time, at your own pace. You can complete the whole course and Q&A session for less than 1 hour per week.JOIN WAITLIST
Sharing the Love...
Simone, Speech Pathologist
This course is worth every cent and minute of your time! Carly explains a complex area so simply and is so easy to listen to. Anyone working in feeding (or any Speech Pathologist at all) will learn something from this course.
Abbie, Speech Pathologist
I feel very fortunate that I was guided to complete this training in my new-graduate year as a speech pathologist. It has provided a fabulous foundation for paediatric feeding anatomical understanding, assessment and management. I now have the confidence to begin building a simple feeding caseload where before I didn't feel I knew enough. The online format was also a great way to self-pace the learning and stop to look over the interesting resources listed. I would highly recommend this to my colleagues.
Carly Veness, CPSP, IBCLC, MSPA, is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) based in Melbourne, Australia, working in both clinical and research roles over the past 19+ years. Carly is the Founder & Principal Speech Pathologist at Babble & Munch Feeding Therapy, a private practice focused on infant & child feeding, and Babble & Munch Learning, an international training and professional support program for health professionals working in paediatric feeding. Carly also holds an appointment at the Royal Women’s Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive & Special Care Unit & has a Graduate Diploma of Infant & Parent Mental Health. Carly includes various approaches in her therapy for infants and children with feeding difficulties, including responsive feeding therapy, infant mental health frameworks, trauma-informed practice and oral sensory motor therapies. Developing and supporting positive, trust-based relationships around feeding is at the centre of Carly's focus.
Financial: Carly receives speaking fees and income from Babble & Munch Learning, including this course and the Feeding Therapy Lab. Carly receives income from her clinical practice, Babble & Munch Feeding Therapy. The development of the web-based learning platform for the online Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop was supported by a COVID-19 Quick Response grant from Nillumbik Council in 2020.
Non-Financial: Carly is the parent of a child with feeding difficulties and shares some details from her own experiences.
Up to 0.7 ASHA CEUs
ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
More Love for Our Workshop...
Do not hesitate to enrol in this course. It will change your perspective on infant feeding.
SLP - South Australia
Thank you so much for creating this course in an online format - It was extremely thorough and easy to navigate. I looked forward to sitting down and working through this! I have already started using a lot of what I have learned in my clinic, thank you!