SOS Approach to Feeding Conference
The Elizabeth Casson fund granted me £595 to attend the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding course in March 2018. This course provided me with the specialist skills to assess and treat children with complex feeding difficulties as part of my role in a tertiary feeding service. I have been able to disseminate my learning to occupational therapy colleagues who also work in paediatrics through bespoke training sessions focused on the development of feeding difficulties and how to support and educate parents and carers. I have also used my new knowledge to deliver training to health professionals outside the Trust by speaking at the annual Complex Feeding Difficulties Symposium where I was able to confidently discuss up-to-date evidence-informed practice and intervention strategies. When I return to community-based practice in October I plan to use the SOS approach to develop occupational therapy led feeding intervention groups, as well as disseminate my learning to local authority service practitioners.