SOFFI Training 19th - 21st October Details

SOFFI Training with Dr Erin Sundseth Ross

SOFFI Training with Dr Erin Sundseth Ross

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. This course provides the practitioner with extensive evidence-based information regarding feeding development as well as assessment and intervention strategies. Following completion of the course, the participant will be certified as a SOFFI Professional. No further fees will be incurred by participants to maintain their certification.

This course is funded by the National HSCP Office and priority is for those in Publicly Funded Health Care Settings.

Presenter information:

Dr Erin Sundseth Ross, Ph.D., CCC-SLP received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1988 from California State University, Stanislaus. She earned her Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1989. Dr. Ross has since been awarded nine “ACE” Awards (Award for Continuing Education) by ASHA for her efforts and dedication to learning, as well as teaching and educating practice professionals in neonatal feeding and pediatric feeding development and disorders.

In 2007, Dr. Ross received her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Clinical Sciences – Health Services Research.

Dr. Ross remains steadfast in her mission to develop clinical pathways and mechanisms that best support the overall growth and development in the developing neonate and newborn infant. In 2009, Dr. Ross completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Section of Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. This additional training allowed her to gain practical experience in formulating and conducting research, and a greater understanding of clinical nutrition.

Dr. Ross’ research interests remain focused on investigating oral feeding skill development and growth in medically fragile and premature infants. She continues to collaborate and consult with many colleagues and peers throughout the world to support the use of best practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 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, a clinical pathway for supporting premature and medically fragile infants learning to eat orally
  • List at least 3 things that affect flow rate in bottles

3 Full Days of Delivery:

Day 1 runs from 2pm to 7.30pm;

Day 2 runs from 2pm to 7.45pm;

Day 3 runs from 2pm to 7.00pm.

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