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Coming Soon in 2024


Houston, TX – February

Denver, CO – May

Chicago, IL – Fall

SOFFI® is an integrated approach to supporting oral feeding in preterm and in medically complex infants.  This Hybrid Expanded course includes both an online and a live, in-person portion, and provides the practitioner with evidence-based information regarding feeding development as well as assessment and intervention strategies.  This course expands the time spent on assessment and intervention, using case studies and small group work.  The Hybrid Expanded course consists of a total of twelve modules, with a 10-question quiz attached to each module.  Each module has its own objectives, but the overall objectives of the certificate course are listed below.  To become a SOFFI® Certified Professional and receive continuing education credits, you must complete both the Foundation (online) and Completion (in-person) portions.  To complete the SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded Course Foundation, you will need to watch all eight modules, pass all eight quizzes and complete the course evaluation.  All of these completion requirements (viewing the videos, completing quizzes and evaluation) must be finished no later than three days prior to the start of the live course.  To complete the SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded Course Completion, you will attend the live two-day event, pass the quizzes associated with these four modules, and complete the course evaluations.  The quizzes and the evaluation must be completed within three days of the end of the live SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded Course Completion.  Participants may not attend the SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded Course Completion if they have not completed the prerequisite Foundation portion.  Continuing education hours will not be reported until both portions of the course are completed. ASHA & AOTA CEUs.


OBJECTIVES for the SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded Course:

After completing this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify necessary components of infant development that indicate a readiness to begin and sustain oral feeding
  • Discuss 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
  • List one way to involve the family in early, pre-feeding activities to support their infant’s later feeding skills
  • Identify two of five distinct sucking patterns in infant feeding development using the BROSS approach terminology
  • Identify the influence of two medical conditions on oral feeding success in infants
  • Describe why external regulated pacing is the last intervention listed along the SOFFI® Algorithm
  • List three things that affect flow rate in bottles


“Dr. Ross presented the material in an easy to understand format. She provided lots of video examples which was helpful. I enjoyed the small group setting and hands-on practice.”

Mahsa S.
Feeding FUNdamentals
Mahsa S.

 “This course was extremely helpful for growing my knowledge and skills with treating this population. I enjoyed the amount of case studies and the thoroughness with which we were able to dissect each one. I gained tangible tools that I can take into my practice right now, as well as knowledge in higher level critical thinking skills.”

Taylor L.
Feeding FUNdamentals
Taylor L.
Feeding FUNdamentals



AGENDA: Part 1:  SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded Course Foundation (on your own – MUST be completed at least three days prior to the start of the Hybrid Expanded Course Completion)


Module Length of video + quiz   Name of Module
1 59:09 Supporting Parents and Infants During Early Feedings in the Intensive Care Unit and at Home
2 61:01 Homeostasis as the Foundation for Feeding
3 51:30 Development of Internal Regulation and Feeding
4 1:27:13 Development of the Oral Motor System
5 52:35 Development of Feeding Across the First Year
6 2:17:16 Medical Issues that Influence Oral Feeding Skills
7 45:30 Understanding the Language of the Newborn
9 24:42 Evidence Base for SOFFI®
Total Time 8:38:56


AGENDA: Part 2:  SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded Course Completion 2023 (PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded Course Foundation at least three days prior to the start of the SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded Course Completion)



7:30 8:00 Registration
8:00 9:00 Question and Answer for Foundational Material, Review of the Language of the Newborn
9:00 10:00 BROSS Approach to Assessment of Sucking Patterns
10:00 10:15 Break
10:15 12:00 Supports for Internal Regulation
12:00 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 3:00 Writing Feeding Plans and Analyzing Feeding Data, Case Study Practice
3:00 3:15 Break
3:15 5:00 All Things Flow Rates: Bottles and Breast with Video Vignettes



8:00 9:00 Positioning Techniques with Hands-on Practice and Video Vignettes
9:00 10:00 Pacing Techniques with Case Studies
10:00 10:15 Break
10:15 11:00 Thickeners: To Use or Not to Use
11:00 12:00 Additional Supports for Tube-Fed Infants
12:00 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 2:45 Start to Finish: Case Studies and Video Vignettes from Assessment to Intervention, Writing Goals, Analyzing Data
2:45 3:15 Question and Answer, Evaluation and Quizzes


$625.00 U.S. dollars for 8 video modules, 2-day live conference, quizzes, and certificate. 2.2 CEU’s.