Developing Skills for Healthy Eating

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Professionals and parents can influence the diet of a child, and the first way to do so is to understand normal development. Developmental skills support the transition from a liquid diet to textured table foods. The developmental domains include oral motor, gross and fine motor, and even cognition. As the infant matures, their way of thinking about the world in general and food specifically changes. Parents are the first influencers, but over time the child is also influenced by other people and the environment. This presentation will address the acquisition of these skills across domains within the first five years of life. It will also describe how these developmental skills support the ability to transition to an age-appropriate diet.



After attending this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • List one reason postural/body stability influences the ability to eat textured foods
  • Explain why preterm infants should be offered solid foods based on their developmental age
  • List one of six changes in anatomy that affect oral skills
  • List one of three characteristics of an object/food that that affects reaching
  • List one of five differences between emerging and mature chewing skills
  • Describe how the development of language influences how the child thinks about their world and food/eating
  • Explain why the way a child thinks about food would influence at their acceptance of the food
  • List two of five ways parents can positively influence their child’s willingness to try new foods


00 34 min
Overview of Domains, First Transition to Volitional Eating
34 52 min Feeding Skills for Breast and Bottle Feeding
52 93 min Feeding Skills for Purees, and Baby Led Weaning
93 122 min Feeding Skills for Finger Foods
122 144 min Feeding Skills for Textured Table Foods
144 180 min Cognitive Influences for Eating, Helpful Strategies


Course Information and Completion Requirements

Intended Audience: Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapy Practitioners, Lactation Consultants, Registered Dietitians, Special Education Teachers, Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Early Intervention Specialists, Nurses, Physicians, and Mental Health Workers. Note: Training conferences are available for professionals only.

Course Level: This course is an intermediate level course: Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter. Prerequisite – None

Instructional method: Video and quiz offered on your member’s dashboard through, using the platform LearnDash. Monthly question and answer sessions are offered for a period of three months beginning at the time of purchase, and the participant will be sent details for joining these Q&As after registering.

Content Disclosure: None

Access information: This video training was updated in July of 2022. Course available for ASHA CEUs beginning August 15, 2022.

To ensure Learners successfully achieve the Learning Outcomes above and to satisfy the completion requirements and continuing education credits, all attendees are expected to watch the webinar course in its entirety. Attendees are required to complete an attestation that they viewed the entire webinar course. This course is not offered for partial credit. Click for full policy for attendance

Requirements for this course must be completed within 3 months of purchase. The requirements for completion are as follows:

  1.  View the video in its entirety and attest that the person registered is the person who is watching the course and requesting the certificate of completion
  2.  Pass a 10-question multiple choice quiz with a score of 100% (may be taken repeatedly and the quiz is available as a handout to identify the questions)
  3.  Complete the course evaluation

If requesting ASHA CEUs, you must inform us at the time of registration.

Presenter Information

Presented by: Dr. Erin Ross: Internationally recognized Infant Feeding Specialist, Speech Pathologist, and creator of SOFFI®, Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants in the NICU. She has worked in child development clinics, feeding clinics, and home settings, and currently continues her work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Ross has also authored book chapters on feeding development and pediatric feeding disorders.

Speaker Financial Disclosures:

Erin Ross is the owner of Feeding Fundamentals, LLC and owns the intellectual property (inclusive of SOFFI®) and receives a salary. She also receives a salary as a faculty member of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and as a Developmental Specialist for the HealthONE Hospital Systems. Dr. Ross is also a paid consultant for Gerber Baby Foods (Nestec) and Intertek. She is paid as a speaker for Toomey and Associates, Inc. and receives royalties for content.

Speaker Non-financial Disclosure:

Dr Ross is currently the Chair of Advocacy Pillar for Feeding Matters. She is also an  Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Ross is a Member of the Consensus Committee– Developmental Care Standards for Infants in Intensive Care, and has written related book chapters for Elsevier and Thieme Publishers.


ADA Accommodations: Feeding Fundamentals, LLC complies with ADA provisions. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests. If you require special accommodations or need assistance, please contact Gina Gass at [email protected]. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance of necessary accommodations.

Cancellations: The video and handouts are available immediately after purchase and therefore there are no refunds for this course after purchase has been completed. Click here for full policy on cancellations.

Complaints: Feeding Fundamentals, LLC takes complaints seriously and we will work to resolve them. Please send us an email at [email protected] with any concerns, within 2 weeks of completion of the course. Click here for full policy on complaints.


ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.




This activity has received approval from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider Number 23249, Approval Number 178152, for 1.5 hours of CPEUs.



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