SOS Approach to Feeding Conference

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The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding workshop is a trans- disciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

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 created for professionals. If parents wish to attend the training workshop, they must be accompanied by their child’s feeding therapist.

Course Level
The SOS Approach to Feeding conference 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.

Content Disclosure
The course content is focused on the SOS Approach to Feeding and there will be limited or no information provided about similar products or services.



Event Date & Time

October 7, 2021 @ 7:30am to October 10, 2021 @ 3:15pm

* To ensure Learners successfully achieve the Learning Outcomes above and to satisfy the completion requirements for the SOS Approach to Feeding conference and continuing education credits, all attendees are expected to attend the course for the entire duration of each day (Thursday-Saturday 7:30am-5:00pm, Sunday 7:30am-3:15pm)
** Additionally, all attendees are required to complete an evaluation form in order to receive their certificate of attendance.


Event Price




Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel
900 E Lookout Dr
Richardson, TX 75082
***Masks are highly encouraged (subject to change, we will follow current CDC guidelines)
****Strongly encourage all attendees to be vaccinated prior to attendance.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be received in writing to [email protected] no later than September 24, 2021 to receive a refund minus a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received on September 24, 2021 or later. Registrations may be substituted for another attendee. A Therapy Connection must be notified of substitutions at least 48 hours in writing (email acceptable) before the start of the event otherwise the substitution cannot be honored.


Kay A. Toomey, PhD

(Pediatric Psychologist; President of Toomey & Associates, Inc.; Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder)


Amanda Foster, MS CCC-SLP       

            (Pediatric Speech Pathologist; Pediatric Feeding Specialist)

Susan Kniffen,

            (Pediatric Occupational Therapist; Pediatric Feeding Specialist)



Dr. Kay A. Toomey

  • Paid Consultant for Nestec, a division of Nestle (Gerber Child Advocate/Developmental Panel member)
  • Owner Toomey & Associates, Inc. and the SOS Approach to Feeding program
  • Founding Medical Professional Council Member with Feeding Matters – PFD Alliance Committee Member (unpaid)

Susan Kniffen

  • Paid Speaker and receives for Toomey & Associates, Inc.

Amanda Foster

  • Paid Speaker for Toomey & Associates, Inc.



Dr. Kay A. Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 30 years.  She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems.  Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach.  Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children’s Hospital – Denver’s Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center’s Pediatric Feeding Center.  Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice.  Dr. Toomey acted as the Clinical Director for Toomey & Associates, Inc.’s Feeding Clinic for six years and SOS Feeding Solutions @ STAR for eight years. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., and acts as a Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute.


Susan Kniffen, MS, OTR/L received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University (VA).  She spent the first two years of her career working with adults in acute care and rehabilitation settings before transferring to working in pediatric settings in 2005.  Since 2006, she has been a feeding specialist in addition to working with children who have orthopedic, neurological, and complex medical needs.  She is currently an occupational therapist and feeding specialist in the early intervention program for The Resource Exchange.  Previously she provided pediatric outpatient feeding and rehabilitation services through Memorial Hospital, Toomey & Associates Inc., and Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Educating and empowering parents to be students of their children is her passion.


Amanda Foster, MS CCC-SLP, received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital IHP.  For over 15 years, Mrs. Foster has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses in school, clinic, hospital, and early intervention settings.  She began her feeding career in 2005 at Toomey & Associates, Inc. and then moved to the SOS Feeding Solutions @ STAR with Dr. Kay Toomey and Dr. Lucy Jane Miller.  In 2010, Mrs. Foster started a private practice specializing in providing feeding support for families in their homes and in community settings.  Currently, she is the Lead Speech and Feeding Therapist at a multi-disciplinary pediatric clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  In addition to presenting The SOS Approach to Feeding with Toomey & Associates, Inc., Mrs. Foster has lectured on swallowing disorders at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.  She also regularly presents on speech and feeding disorders at parent, teacher, and professional seminars.