Responsive Feeding Therapy Workshop

Melbourne, VIC - 10th - 11th September, 2020

Responsive Feeding Therapy Workshop, September 2020


WHEN: Thurs 10th – Fri 11th September 2020

COST: $600 inc. GST for early-bird registrations by 30th April. $660 inc. GST full price for registrations from 1st May.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register at the same time for both the 1 day Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop (June 2020) & this 2 day Responsive Feeding Therapy Workshop (September 2020) for a discounted $895 total, inc. GST.

VENUE: Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne CBD.

DISCOUNTS: Contact for a discount for students and teams (3+ or 6+ staff from the same workplace). Team discounts must be booked and paid for as a group. No further discounts available on the package deal.

TIMES: Registration from 8.15am, start time 8.45am, finish time 4.45pm.

INCLUDES: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, tea/coffee, workshop manual, handouts and assessment/treatment resources.

ACCOMMODATION: Details to follow.

PARKING & TRANSPORT: Details to follow.

ENQUIRIES: Please email

Open to allied health, medical, nursing & complementary health professionals. Each health professional is responsible for working within their own scope of practice and level of expertise in regards to paediatric feeding.

Responsive Feeding Therapy: A relationship-based approach to paediatric feeding difficulties

Responsive feeding and parenting is considered best practice internationally (Wong & Rowell, 2018). Responsive feeding therapy applies responsive feeding and parenting principles to working with children with feeding difficulties. It is based on “facilitating (re)discovery of internal cues, curiosity and strengths, while building skills (mastery)” (Rowell & McGlothlin, 2017).

This two day workshop will introduce you to responsive feeding therapy frameworks and expand on therapy strategies related to this approach. We will explore feeding therapy focused on developing a trusting feeding relationship (between child/parent/therapist/food) and how to support (rather than override) a child’s inherent internal drive to eat. Therapy strategies will focus on reducing child anxiety, increasing comfort and curiosity, and supporting autonomy and skill development in feeding. We will address a range of feeding difficulties, including feed aversions, food refusal, ARFID/extreme picky eating and tube dependency. We will also discuss the impact of gastrointestinal/allergic conditions, other medical conditions, disability and tube feeding, and how to apply responsive feeding therapy principles to these populations.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Responsive Feeding Therapy? Principles and frameworks
  • Assessment of feeding challenges for treatment planning (our other Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop covers oral motor exams in-depth, the importance of oral motor exams will only be briefly covered in this workshop)
  • Impact of medical and gastrointestinal (GI) issues and working with the multidisciplinary team
  • Division of Responsibility and Feeding Dynamics in therapy and mealtimes
  • The role of infant mental health in feeding therapy
  • Understanding and working with feed aversions and food refusal
  • Building comfort and confidence through the therapeutic relationship
  • Oral sensory motor therapies for developing feeding skill
  • Therapy strategies and considerations for special populations – GI/allergy, disability, tube feeding



Carly Veness, Speech Pathologist


Rowell, K. & McGlothlin, J. (2017). What is responsive feeding therapy? (Accessed 20 October 2018),

Wong, G. & Rowell, K. (2018). Understanding ARFID Part II: Responsive Feeding and Treatment Approaches. National Eating Disorder Information Centre Bulletin, 33(4), 1-6

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