SOFFI® Virtual Full Course Event June 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


FRIDAY, June 18, 2021 (Times listed are for Mountain Time = GMT -7)
(East Coast = 1500 – 2030)

1300 – 1430 Introduction, Welcome & Family Roles and Expectations for Successful Nurturing and Feeding
1430 – 1600 Homeostasis as the Foundation for Feeding
1600 – 1615 Break
1615 – 1645 Feeding as a Developmental Process – Physiologic, Sensory and State Development
1645 – 1830 Feeding as a Developmental Process – Oral-motor Development

SATURDAY, June 19, 2021 (Times listed are for Mountain Time = GMT -7)
(East Coast = 1500 – 2045)

1300 – 1500 Medical Issues that Impact Feeding Skills: Respiratory, Cardiac, Neurologic/CNS, Gastro-intestinal disorders
1500 – 1530 Understanding the Language of the Newborn
1530 – 1600 Developmental Steps to Eating: The BROSS Approach
1600 – 1615 Break
1615 – 1630 Evidence Base for SOFFI®
1630 – 1800 Interventions to support internal regulation using SOFFI®
1800 – 1845 Supplemental Tube Feedings

SUNDAY, Jun 20, 2021 (Times listed are for Mountain Time = GMT -7)
(East Coast = 0800 – 1300)

0800 – 1045 Interventions to support Homeostasis during Feedings Using SOFFI® (1)
1045 – 1100 Break
1100 – 1300 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, once every 24 hours, 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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