SOFFI® Virtual Full Course Event April 2021


SOFFI® 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. The primary approach is now being offered as a virtual “live” event; it is the same as the 2-day in-person course but is offered across two, three or four days. The amount of content and “face-to-face” time is the same as is provided in the 2-day format (15.5 hours). This course provides the practitioner with extensive evidence-based information regarding feeding development as well as assessment and intervention strategies. At the end of the course, after passing all of the module quizzes the participant will be certified as a SOFFI® Professional.

Total Time: 15.5 hours

Price $465.00 (includes module quizzes and certification)


  • Identify necessary components of infant development that indicate a readiness to begin and sustain oral feeding
  • Discuss the development of oral-motor skills
  • Describe the interaction between medical and developmental level as they relate to feeding readiness and progression
  • Identify infants who are not progressing in feeding skill development
  • Use principles of normal development and developmentally supportive care to facilitate feeding progression, to include contributions of the family
  • Identify the influence of various medical conditions on oral feeding success
  • Use the BROSS approach to identify feeding patterns and use the SOFFI® Algorithms to guide feeding decisions & to plan supportive intervention strategies


THURSDAY, April 22, 2021 (Times listed are for Mountain Time = GMT -7)
(East Coast = 1700 – 2230; GMT+16 (Australia) = 0700-1230)

1500 – 1630 Introduction, Welcome & Family Roles and Expectations for Successful Nurturing and Feeding
1630 – 1800 Homeostasis as the Foundation for Feeding
1800 – 1815 Break
1815 – 1845 Feeding as a Developmental Process – Physiologic, Sensory and State Development
1845 – 2030 Feeding as a Developmental Process – Oral-motor Development

FRIDAY, April 23, 2021 (Times listed are for Mountain Time = GMT -7)
(East Coast = 1700 – 2245; GMT+16 (Australia) = 0700-1245)

1500 – 1700 Medical Issues that Impact Feeding Skills: Respiratory, Cardiac, Neurologic/CNS, Gastro-intestinal disorders
1700 – 1730 Understanding the Language of the Newborn
1730 – 1800 Developmental Steps to Eating: The BROSS Approach
1800 – 1815 Break
1815 – 1830 Evidence Base for SOFFI®
1830 – 2000 Interventions to support internal regulation using SOFFI®
2000 – 2045 Supplemental Tube Feedings

SATURDAY, April 24, 2021 (Times listed are for Mountain Time = GMT -7)
(East Coast = 1700 – 2200; GMT+16 (Australia) = 0700-1200)

1500 – 1745 Interventions to support Homeostasis during Feedings Using SOFFI® (1)
1745 – 1800 Break
1800 – 2000 Interventions to support Homeostasis during Feedings Using SOFFI® (2) and Wrap-up

 Total Time:  15.5 hours

** To ensure Learners successfully achieve the Learning Outcomes above and to satisfy the completion requirements and continuing education credits, all attendees are expected to view the online workshop in the entirety. Additionally, all attendees are required to complete an 8-question quiz for each module (receiving a passing score of 100%-may be taken repeatedly until a passing score is achieved) and complete a course evaluation to receive their certificate of completion.

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 and presenter for Toomey & Associates, Inc.

Intended Audience: Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, 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

Content Disclosure: The course content is focused on the SOFFI® Method and there will be limited or no information provided about similar products or services.

Speaker Financial Disclosures: Dr. Erin Ross is a paid consultant for Nestec Ltd and Intertek, and is a paid speaker for Toomey and Associates.  She owns intellectual property as the principal owner of Feeding Fundamentals, LLC., and created and receives a salary as compensation for SOFFI®.

Speaker Non-financial Disclosures:  Dr. Ross is also the Chair of the Advocacy Pillar of Feeding Matters, which is a voluntary position.




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