Feeding Fundamentals was incorporated as a Limited Liability Company in 2009, by Erin Sundseth Ross, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. The business was created to provide Education, Consultation and Research services to professionals and systems working with infants in hospital and early intervention settings. The primary focus of the company is to offer current, evidence-based information to inform best practices and implement and evaluate programs and processes supporting infants and their families during early feeding experiences. As we grow, we are also beginning to offer information to families in support of their efforts to improve feeding experiences with their infants.
Dr. Ross brings over 29 years of experience working within the neonatal intensive care unit. During this time, she has brought her experience in developmentally supportive care practices and feeding development and intervention services together to create SOFFI TM: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants.
In 2013, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses recommended that the Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infant (SOFFITM) Algorithm be used concurrently with their Infant Directed Oral Feeding for Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infants: Guideline for Practice The authors stated “The use of the SOFFI in conjunction with this guideline is highly recommended. The SOFFI algorithm is grounded in similar principles as described in this guideline.”(Sables-Baus, S., DeSanto, K., Henderson, S., Kunz, J., Morris, A., Shields, L., . . . McGrath, J. M. (2013). Infant-Directed Oral Feeding for Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infants: Guideline for Practice. In. www.nann.org: National Association of Neonatal Nurses)
This program has been implemented in hospitals and community environments, both within the United States and internationally. SOFFITM has been taught to professionals in Canada, Singapore, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, England and New Zealand. In 2014, Brest, France became the first international SOFFI TM Training Center.
Dr. Ross has now created a variety of online, evidence-based resources to enable professionals from around the world obtain continuing education. These resources range from webinars to direct mentoring using an online platform. She continues to offer SOFFITM live to both hospital systems as well as early intervention programs.
Dr. Ross served six years on the Colorado Special Education Advisory Board as a parent representing the interests of families of children with special needs. She has worked with legislators and school boards to implement best practices. Dr. Ross volunteers with organizations such as Feeding Matters to advocate for systems-changes to improve both experiences and outcomes for children with pediatric feeding disorders. Dr Ross is a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow. Through her experiences and with this advanced training, she has developed the consultative skills to enable professionals as they work to change beliefs, cultures and practices. She recognizes the importance of adapting systems to effect long-lasting changes. Dr. Ross brings her various experiences to consult with systems in support of infants with feeding challenges, and their families.
In 2007, Dr. Ross completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Sciences, Health Services Research from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and in 2009 she completed her two-year post-doctoral training in the School of Medicine, Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition. Her education has given her a unique ability to formulate and conduct research, as well as support research efforts with hospital and early intervention systems. Dr. Ross is also respected for her ability to critically read, understand and explain published studies in ways that help her audiences be better consumers of evidence.
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