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The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding course 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, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

 Export to Your Calendar 12/3/2020 to 12/6/2020
When: Thursday, December 3-Sunday, December 6, 2020
7:30 AM-5:00 PM
Where: Now Livestreamed via Zoom Video Conferencing
Contact: Caraly Walker
(720) 507-7461

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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 the Attendance Requirements & Expectations Here

Download a copy of the full course agenda here


New Online Discounted Tuition        $759 
Early-bird rate extended; All registrations must be received by November 18

Payment must be received by November 18, 2020 in order for your registration to be confirmed. If payment is not finalized by November 18, 2020 your registration may be cancelled. 


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 SOSGROUP20 upon checkout to automatically receive the discount on 5 or more registrations.

If participants of the group must pay separately , please:

  1. Send the names of all participants in your group to Caraly Walker at caraly.walker@spdstar.org by November 18, 2020
  2. Once at least 5 registrations are received, the invoices will be adjusted with the a partial refund for the discount

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

Cancellation Policy

All registrations must be finalized or cancelled for a full refund by November 18, 2020. Registrations cancelled after November 18, 2020 may be substituted or deferred to a future course sponsored by STAR Institute. Staff must be notified of substitutions at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the event. Registrations cancelled due to a family emergency or other unexpected event or illness will be deferred to a future course sponsored by STAR Institute.

In the event this 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.


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.  She also acts as a consultant to Gerber Products.  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 Institute 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.

Amanda Foster, MS CCC-SLP, 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 parent, teacher, and professional seminars.

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 orthopedic, 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.

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

  • 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.

Continuing Education


This course is offered for 3.0 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 electronic ASHA CEU Participant Form at the end of the conference and return it to STAR Institute. ASHA CEUs cannot be awarded retroactively.

Available for partial credit: No


STAR Institute 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: 30 hours (3.0 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.

Terms and Conditions


Please ensure to make arrangements that will allow you to participate fully until 5:00pm each day.



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