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SOS Approach to Feeding is a transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems of all ages, with a special focus on children from 12 months to 5 years old. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

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When: Thursday, December 5, 2019
7:30 AM
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University of California, Davis Medical Center
Education Building
4610 X Street
Sacramento, California  95817
United States
Presenter: Kay A. Toomey, PhD, Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP, and Lindsay Beckerman, MOT, OTR/L
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637

Online registration is available until: 12/2/2019
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The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding is a transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems in children of all ages, with a special focus on children from 12 months to 5 years old. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. This is a prerequisite for Online Advanced SOS courses.

Download a copy of the full course agenda here


Early-Bird Discounted Tuition       $759
Through October 24

Regular Tuition                                 $809
After October 24


If opting to pay by check, payment must be received by November 21, 2019 in order for your registration to be confirmed. If payment is not finalized by November 21, 2019 your registration may be cancelled. 

Please make checks payable to STAR Institute and mail to: 

STAR Institute for SPD
5420 S. Quebec Street
Suite 103
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


STAR Institute offers the option to audit this course at half cost of tuition for those who have previously completed a Basic 3-Day or 4-Day SOS Approach to Feeding Conference and would like to attend again as a “refresher." A certificate of attendance verifying course completion is required prior to arrival.  Select the SOS Basic 4-Day Course AUDIT option during registration to receive this special rate.

Group Discounts

Register 5 or more participants in a group and automatically receive a discount of 20% off tuition fees!
Use the promotional code SOSCA20 upon checkout to automatically receive the discount on 5 or more registrations.

If participants of the group must pay separately, please:

  1. Register all participants together OR separately and select the “Check/Money Order” option
  2. Send the names of all participants in your group to Caraly Walker at caraly.walker@spdstar.org by December 2, 2019
  3. Once at least 5 registrations are received, the invoices will be adjusted with the discount
  4. Each participant may pay online by credit card or send a check

Groups must be determined and paid in full before the start of the conference.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing no later than October 24, 2019 to receive a refund minus $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 24, 2019. Registrations may be substituted or deferred to a future conference. Staff must be notified of substitutions at least 24 hours before the start of the event. Registrations cancelled due to a family emergency or other unexpected event or illness will be deferred to a future SOS Approach to Feeding Conference sponsored by STAR Institute.

In the event the program must be cancelled due to illness, fire, strikes, war, acts of God, terrorism or other causes that would prevent the event from taking place, STAR Institute will attempt to reschedule the event. If the event is unable to be rescheduled, STAR Institute will refund all tuition fees paid. Costs incurred for nonrefundable travel arrangements or other related individual expenses will not be refunded by STAR Institute.


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

Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP, specializes in evaluating and treating children with SPD and feeding problems in medically fragile infants and children. She has over 25 years of experience working in the NICU and is the creator of the SOFFI Method, a feeding program for use in the NICU.

Lindsay Beckerman, MOT, OTR/L, specializes in feeding difficulties in atypical learners, including children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and multisensory processing difficulties. She works as a pediatric feeding specialist with the SOS Feeding Solutions team at STAR Institute.

Who Should Attend

Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Special Educators, Early Intervention Specialists, Nurses, Physicians, Dietitians, Psychologists, Mental Health Professionals, Educators and other Child Care Providers.

If you are an OTA, COTA, SLPA, PTA, or student in training, please contact caraly.walker@spdstar.org prior to registering to receive additional attendance requirements.

Note: Parents/caregivers are not able to attend unless they are accompanied by their child's therapist.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify oral, sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional developmental milestones key to feeding.
  • Recognize and describe the major reasons why children won’t eat, as based on learning theory principles.
  • Identify physical, behavioral, motor, oral-motor, cognitive and sensory factors as a part of a Feeding Assessment.
  • Apply behavioral and social learning principles, and systematic desensitization, to feeding problems.
  • Create and implement an SOS feeding program for babies, toddlers and young children, in group and individual treatment formats.

Advanced SOS Topics

The Online Advanced SOS topics have been designed to further the skills of professionals who have already attended an SOS Approach to Feeding Basic 3-day or 4-day Course. Advanced SOS courses are only available online and are accessible 24/7. Choose the topics relevant to your practice and view them at your convenience day or night. Available at spduniversity.spdstar.org. The Basic Course is a prerequisite for purchasing online Advanced SOS courses.

Continuing Education


This course is offered for 2.85 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional content area). This course will focus on treatment using the SOS Approach to Feeding and will not discuss other similar or related treatments.

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 STAR Institute staff member or volunteer. ASHA CEUs cannot be awarded retroactively.

Available for partial credit: No


STAR Institute for SPD is an AOTA 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: 28.5 hours (2.85 CEUs)


Other Associations

Please contact your association to inquire as to whether this course will meet the requirements for continuing education credits. We are happy to provide any additional information for submission if requested.


Courtyard Marriott Sacramento Midtown
4422 Y Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 455-6800

Single or Double Rate: $159/night plus tax

Hotel Features:

  • Located on the UC Davis campus, within a 2-minute walk from the conference venue
  • Close to Sacramento International Airport and Sacramento McClellan Airport
  • Free Wifi
  • Free parking
  • Microwave and coffee maker in each room
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool

Reserve online or by calling (800) 321-2211 and mentioning the SOS Approach to Feeding Conference.

Reservations must be made by November 13, 2019 to receive the group rate.

Terms and Conditions


Please ensure to make arrangements for travel and transportation that will allow you to stay until 5:00pm each day and until 3:15pm on the last day.


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