Dr. Ross brings over 30 years of experience working within the neonatal intensive care unit and with infants after discharge. During this time, she has brought her experience in developmentally supportive care practices and feeding development and intervention services together to create SOFFI®: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants.
SOFFI® is an integrated approach to supporting oral feeding in preterm and in infants who have complex medical issues, both in the NICU and in the Early Intervention setting. SOFFI® is offered both in an online video format and virtually “live” via ZOOM. The SOFFI® Hybrid Expanded course offers eight hours of foundational material as prerecorded video modules, followed by two days of live, interactive time focused on practical application of assessment and intervention strategies. This training provides the practitioner with evidence-based information regarding feeding development as well as assessment and intervention strategies. SOFFI® is guided by the SOFFI® Algorithm, which is a clinical decision-making pathway designed to ensure all feeders use the same critical thinking during feedings. In 2013, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses highly recommended the use of the SOFFI Algorithm in conjunction with their “Infant-Directed Oral Feeding for Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infants: Guideline for Practice” (Sables-Baus, S., et al., 2013.) “The SOFFI algorithm is grounded in similar principles as described in this guideline.” National Association of Neonatal Nurses