SOFFISM is an integrated approach to supporting oral feeding in preterm and in medically complex infants, both in the NICU and in the Early Intervention setting. This two-day course provides the practitioner with evidence-based information regarding feeding development as well as assessment and intervention strategies.
”The use of the SOFFI in conjunction with this (NANN) guideline is highly recommended. The SOFFI algorithm is grounding in similar principles as described in this guideline.” (p. 7, Sables-Baus, S., et al., “Infant-Directed Oral Feeding for Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infants: Guideline for Practice”, 2013.) National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Focused on bottle feeding strategies, this course provides immediately applicable practical information to help medical, nursing and therapy professionals better identify and treat the factors that impact successful oral feeding of preterm and medically complex term infants. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach— both in the NICU and after discharge to early intervention through the first six months—the course emphasizes strategies to facilitate infant abilities and develop caregiver feeding skills. Breastfeeding is emphasized as the best feeding method for infants, with some strategies to support breastfeeding as well. The objective is to identify feeding readiness and provide intervention strategies from a framework of normal development. A holistic approach integrating the medical complexity of these infants is emphasized, using the BROSS approach and SOFFISM.