What You Need to Know About Growth: 

How Misperceptions Harm and How to Help

“I found this webinar to be so refreshing and helpful. Thank you for sharing your approach!”

Lindsey Ahlert, MS RD LD

Course Description:

Explore one of the main issues that impact the work of pediatric feeding and nutrition professionals: weight and growth. Unnecessary worry about slow or low growth can worsen (and in some cases even cause) feeding problems. Misperceptions around weight, on the part of parents and professionals, hurt children and families. Discern when to worry and when you can reassure parents, and help support a responsive approach. Appropriate for feeding, nutrition, and early intervention professionals including: SLPs, OTs, pediatric RDs, primary care providers, and social workers.

“…overdiagnosis of underweight might damage the parent-child interaction, subjecting families to unnecessary interventions and possibly unintentionally creating an eating disorder.” CDC MMWR report 2011

DURATION: 1.5 hours

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  • Group rate is 15% off for three or more. Please email [email protected] for a coupon code.
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Katja Rowell MD

Katja Rowell is a family doctor, author and responsive childhood feeding specialist. Described as “academic, but warm and down to earth,” she is a popular speaker and blogger and has appeared in numerous publications. Katja has developed an expertise in anxious and avoidant eating (including ARFID), food preoccupation, and supporting foster and adopted children and families. Katja is on the SPOON medical advisory board and founder of The Feeding Doctor. Her books include: Helping Your Child with Extremely Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders. Learn more about Katja at The Feeding Doctor.

Learning Objectives: at the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Explain how child growth charts were created.
  2. List three reasons why we might question the clinical use of cutoffs and categories such as “underweight.”
  3. List three things that child feeding professionals can do to address weight misperceptions and help families understand growth.

CEU information:

Certificates of attendance verify 1.5 hours of continuing education for SLPs and OTs. Check with your professional organization’s licensing bodies to determine exactly what may be accepted for you:

This course counts towards ASHA professional development hour requirements, and does not require pre-approval. Please keep your certificate as proof of attendance as it is not submitted to ASHA’s CEU registry. Please check with your state certification board for any additional requirements for state licensure, as they all differ. ASHA professional development information

This course counts towards AOTA professional development hour requirements and does not require pre-approval.  Please check your state’s and national certifying body guidelines for specific information to determine if it may apply to your state’s licensure requirements. Please keep your certificate as proof of attendance as it is not submitted to any CEU registries.  NBCOT certificate and certification , NBCOT certification activities chart