Feeding: Body, Soul, and Mouth
Presented by
Sandra Pelham-Foster, OTD, OTR/L, MPHA
Kimberle Rathbun, OTR/L

November 7, 2018

The collaboration between the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon and Pacific University's School of Occupational Therapy is pleased to present another exciting education event: 


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

6:30 to 7:00 PM - Social
7:00 to 9:00 PM - Presentation

Providence St. Vincents Medical Center
9205 SW Barnes Rd, Stanley Classroom 22-23
Portland, OR 97225

Registration Fees: 
* OTAO Practitioner Member $40
* OTAO Student Member $20
* Practitioner Nonmember $55
* Student Nonmembers $25
Note: you are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner as a meal will not be provided.

CEUs: 2

Presentation Summary:

This course will be a presentation addressing the complexities of feeding and the importance of and what to consider for a whole-body approach to successful feeding intervention.

Learning outcomes/objectives:

  1. Participant will be able to identify foundational areas to consider with screening and assessing feeding issues from a whole-body perspective.
  2. Participant will be able to establish and prioritize areas to be addressed during feeding interventions and who may be appropriate team members to support successful progression with eating tasks.

About the Presenters:

Kim Rathbun, OT is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist since 1988 and now works with children who need support with motor, sensory, and regulatory development. She works with families to facilitate increased functional skills, tolerance and success with participation in daily activities such as play, interactions, self-cares, academics, and feeding. She specializes in providing feeding therapy to children who struggle with areas of motor, oral motor, sensory, behavioral and regulatory skills so the child can be successful at eating a nutritionally based variety of food required for growth, development, and learning. Kim is passionate about kids. She is able to support both child and family/caregivers in a therapeutic manner to support the child to be as successful as possible with daily functioning and every-day tasks. She values parents/care givers active input and vital participation with the therapy process to help their children to be happy and successful as they grow, learn and develop. She is able to achieve this through active participation with direct therapy as well as being the co-owner of BOLD Pediatric Therapy Center. As the co-owner, she supports other clinicians to successfully provide therapy to children and collaborate with their care with the families. Kim values education. Families and caregivers are provided with home programing and education throughout their therapeutic experience with her. She is an active mentor, not only to other clinicians but as an OT student supervisor. Kim is also an active educator in the community and has taught multiple classes for parents, professionals, and at the University of Minnesota and Pacific University in their OT program. Her hobbies include: Outdoor activities in the sun and water and spending time with her family.

Dr. Sandra Pelham-Foster has been working in the greater Portland and SW Washington area since 1989 making many friends in the community. She has worked with children in the school system and in hospitals, and in early intervention programing. Sandra has focused her support on children and families who needed specialty interventions in the area of pediatric feeding skills and development. This area of practice requires an understanding of family systems and emotional and psychosocial dynamics within a family and for the child. The continued interest in the mental and emotional health and wellbeing of both child and adolescent populations is a primary focus. Sandra was born and grew up in South Africa and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Witwatersrand. She immigrated to the United Sates in 1989. In 2002 she graduated from Portland State University, College of Urban and Public Affairs with a degree of Masters in Public and Health Administration and opened a private practice, Optimum Performance Therapeutics. Continuing to build on this specialty focus Sandra went on to obtain her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Utah culminating her final doctoral project on the challenges for families and their children with feeding disorders. Sandra's passion to share occupational therapy lead her to become an Assistant Professor at Pacific University, in Hillsboro, OR. since 2002, where she has coordinated the occupational therapy clinical fieldwork program, as well as taught pediatric practice, professional development and clinical and innovative practice project development. She was also instrumental in contributing to the curriculum development of the current Pacific University Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program. Her passion for education and supporting graduate student education has been influential throughout the community. She hopes to continue to facilitate optimum educational opportunities for students. The development of BOLD Pediatric Therapy Center by Sandra and Kim is the culmination of a long held vision of building a happy and friendly creative space which provides support for families and offers the specialty expertise for children to develop functional skills to live and participate boldly in a full life in the community.

Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon
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