Great strategies and Melanie was a super dynamic presenter!
therapist in Indiana
Wonderful course with functional strategies and tools!
therapist in San Francisco
Very informative, useful course with strategies I can use during sessions
therapist in New York City
This was one of the best trainings I've ever attended
therapist in New York

When Dr. Yum and Coach Mel presented the research on Dr. Yum's Preschool Food Adventure at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s National Conference, the immediate response from the audience was “How can we get this? We need this!”

This seminar provides professionals and parents concrete, practical tools to help their child who struggles with eating. Parents of kids with feeding disorders and picky eating difficulties face challenges at breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time. They often spend the day worried about how much their child will consume, unsure of how to help them learn to eat more variety and concerned about the child’s nutritional health.

Studies have shown that as parental stress increases, positive parent-child interactions decrease. Yet, a consistent, positive feeding relationship between parent and child is essential to making progress in feeding therapy. Providers and professionals who treat children for feeding difficulties want to know how to support both the child and the family with practical strategies within the family’s everyday routines.

What approach can parents take that will provide them with steps to bring joy back to the family table while the child’s feeding development improves over time? A child’s relationship with food always influences family dynamics and a family-centered approach to treatment is essential to achieve progress in feeding skills, whether the child is “just a picky eater” or has been diagnosed with a pediatric feeding disorder. A full course description is below.

Please note: This special professional package includes TWO essential trainings. The first is Partnering with Parents in the Kitchen: Strategies for the Picky Eater - presented by Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP as noted above. Upon successful completion, SLPs will receive 0.4 ASHA CEUs. The second is the two-hour Dr. Yum's Preschool Food Adventure Video training modules. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate indicating you are a certified Dr. Yum Project Preschool Food Adventure instructor.

What settings are appropriate for the Dr. Yum Preschool Food Adventure Professional Packages? A wide variety of settings, including preschool classrooms inclusive of children with special needs, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, obesity clinics for preschool-aged children, Food Bank programs, and more.

Speech-Language Pathologist Package

What's Included

  • 4-hour webinar training: Partnering with Parents in the Kitchen: Strategies for the Picky Eater | presented by the co-creator of the Preschool Food Adventure, Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP (see full course description below)
  • 0.4 ASHA CEUs
  • Dr. Yum's Preschool Food Adventure Standard Kit:
  • Dr. Yum Video Training modules with training certificates for all who successfully complete the program
  • Feedback and support throughout the year from the Dr. Yum Project Team
  • Link to training videos for unlimited viewing
  • 90-day access to specialized training - Partnering with Parents in the Kitchen for one viewer
  • Teacher Manual
  • Curriculum books containing 24 monthly lessons featuring a fruit or vegetable with family-tested recipes that can easily be prepared without the need for a kitchen.
  • Circle time experience and extension activities for each lesson
  • Seasonal Party Toolbox: includes ideas for healthy parties with recipes
  • Parent Manual (English and Spanish)
  • Parent feedback sheets for each lesson (English and Spanish)
  • Monthly e-letters for professionals and parents
  • “Dancing in the Kitchen” Music
  • EZPZ Happy Mat to present foods at Circle Time
  • 6 Kuhn Rikon kid-safe “dog knives”
  • 6 colorful cutting mats
  • Yum Scores for kids to use to talk about how food tastes
  • “Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater,” an award-winning book, and a top seller in Children’s Health written by Dr. Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock
  • “Adventures in Veggieland” by Melanie Potock with more recipes and healthy eating tips
  • “You are Not an Otter The Story of How Kids Become Adventurous Eaters!" takes children on a food adventure, exploring all the ways that animals eat!
  • “Broc and Cara’s Picnic Party” - a delightful kids’ book on healthy eating
  • “Broc and Cara’s Gut Book” which explains the microbiome and health to kids
  • Window cling to display in your teaching facility and graphic for your website to announce to families you are participating in the Dr. Yum Food Adventure

Do you have more than one SLP on your team that will be using your kit with you? We want to support you by offering a discounted rate for the 4-hour required training please contact Jessica@DoctorYum.org with "Additional SLPs" in the subject line for more information.

Have you already taken the "Partnering with Parents in the Kitchen: Strategies for the Picky Eater" course after September 1, 2021 or Melanie Potock's "Your Feeding Tool Kit"? Before you purchase, email Jessica@DoctorYum.org and attach your certificate as proof of training for special discount pricing.

Occupational Therapist Package

What's Included

  • 4-hour webinar training: Partnering with Parents in the Kitchen: Strategies for the Picky Eater | presented by the co-creator of the Preschool Food Adventure, Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP (see full course description below)
  • AOTA CEUs (registration through TalkTools.com)
  • Dr. Yum's Preschool Food Adventure Standard Kit (see description above)

Please email Jessica@DoctorYum.org with "OT Package" in the subject line for more information.


Purchase process & What to Expect

Ready to order a Dr. Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure Professional Package? Professionals who are considered for participation must receive training and sign paperwork to begin the adventure. Here are the steps you will need to take to receive the curriculum kit:

1. Fill out this contact form CONTACT FORM »

2. Go to our store to proceed with your purchase. Within the continental US, shipping is included in the cost of the kit. Contact us via email at Jessica@DoctorYum.org if you need to pay by check. Your purchase contributes to the work of our nonprofit which is supported by grants and donations. We are excited to welcome more professionals from across the country to the adventure! Email Jessica@DoctorYum.org TO PURCHASE OT PACKAGE PURCHASE SLP PACKAGE FROM STORE »

The Dr. Yum Preschool Food Adventure undertakes a unique approach to introducing fruits and vegetables in a joyful and mindful way. Using a multi-sensory approach, we encourage children to participate at their own comfort level. Our video training modules teach how to speak to children about healthy foods using new language and techniques. It is essential to the success of this program!

3. When steps 1 and 2 are successfully completed, the Dr. Yum Project team will send an invitation to set up your personal YAMS (Yum Account Management System) account where you will find access to Partnering with Parents in the Kitchen: Strategies for the Picky Eater, Dr. Yum Video Training modules, quizzes for both trainings and Participation Agreement. Once you complete the Dr. Yum Video Training modules, pass the Dr. Yum quiz, and sign the Participation Agreement, the curriculum kit will be shipped. Upon successful completion of the Dr. Yum quiz, you will receive a certificate indicating you are a certified Dr. Yum Project Preschool Food Adventure instructor. You will then have 90 days to complete the Partnering with Parents in the Kitchen: Strategies for the Picky Eater course and pass the quiz to earn 0.4 ASHA CEUs.

You’re joining a community of professionals. We want to stay in contact and keep sharing. We ask that as a member of this community, you update us each year with the current contact information. Periodically, let us know how your clients are enjoying the adventure! Email us anytime at Jessica@DoctorYum.org


partnering with parents in the kitchen: strategies for the picky eater - presented by Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

Course Description

This seminar provides professionals and parents concrete, practical tools to help their child who struggles with eating. Parents of kids with feeding disorders face challenges at breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time. They often spend the day worried about how much their child will consume, unsure of how to help them learn to eat more variety and concerned about the child’s nutritional health.

Studies have shown that as parental stress increases, positive parent-child interactions decrease. Yet, a consistent, positive feeding relationship between parent and child is essential to making progress in feeding therapy. Providers and professionals who treat children for feeding difficulties want to know how to support both the child and the family with practical strategies within the family’s everyday routines.

What approach can parents take that will provide them with steps to bring joy back to the family table while the child’s feeding development improves over time? A child’s relationship with food always influences family dynamics and a family-centered approach to treatment is essential to achieve progress in feeding skills, whether the child is “just a picky eater” or has been diagnosed with a pediatric feeding disorder.

Learning Outcomes

The participant will be able to:

  • 1. Provide parents of children with feeding difficulties specific strategies for common mealtime challenges, including teaching a child to enjoy sitting at the table, interact with food via play and participate in mealtime routines.
  • 2. Identify activities and routines throughout a child's meals or snack times to support treatment strategies.
  • 3. Break down challenging behaviors into manageable pieces and communicate to parents how to address those pieces in a positive manner, building success in treatment over time.

Timed Agenda

Hours One and Two

  • 10 min - Important Introductions to Course Concepts & Resources
  • 15 min - Research & Results of Food Exposures
  • 15 min - Feeding Therapy & Family Dynamics
  • 20 min - Parent Joyfully: Keeping Interactions Positive
  • 20 min - Parent Compassionately: Stepping into the Child’s Shoes
  • 20 min - Parent Bravely: Strategies for Driving Hunger and Setting Boundaries
  • 20 min - Parent Patiently: Knowing When and How to Wait

Hours Three and Four

  • 30 min - Parent Proactively: Understanding How to Support Gross and Fine Motor Skills, Adapting Food
  • 30 min - Parent consistently with strategies for consistent practice at mealtimes
  • 30 min - Parent Mindfully: Spoon Feeding, Mealtime Mindset
  • 30 min - Strategies for Implementing the Three E’s: Expose, Explore, Expand; Understanding a Child’s Sensory System & Eating Skill; Sensory Considerations in the Kitchen; Anxiety: How to Cope; Lunch Packing for Hesitant Eaters; Closing Remarks

the instructor

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, is an international speaker on the topic of feeding babies, toddlers and school age kids. She is the co-author of the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating (2015) and the upcoming Responsive Feeding: The Baby-First Guide to Stress-Free Weaning, Healthy Eating, and Mealtime Bonding (Jan 2022).

The tips in her activity cookbook for parents & kids, Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes (2018) are based on the latest research and Melanie’s 20 years of success as a pediatric feeding therapist. Melanie’s children’s book You are Not an Otter takes preschoolers on a food adventure, exploring all the ways that various animals eat!

Melanie’s advice has been shared in a variety of television and print media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN.com and Parents Magazine. Contact her at www.MelaniePotock.com

Disclosures

Financial: Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is the author of Responsive Feeding, Adventures in Veggieland, and the co-author of Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating, for which she receives royalty payments. Ms. Potock owns My Munch Bug, LLC and the online educational courses and profits from registrations online. Ms. Potock is an international speaker who presents a variety of courses and is paid to present these courses at various virtual and live events. She owns a therapy practice for the assessment and treatment of feeding challenges in children and is paid for that service. She may receive a stipend for some articles that may appear online or in magazines.

Non-financial: Melanie Potock is a past-contributor to the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s blog, The ASHA Leader, and she was not compensated. She may not receive a stipend for some articles that appear online or in magazines and this varies month to month, depending on media needs. She is the co-author of Dr. Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure, a preschool food education curriculum, and does not receive compensation for her role in the creation or support of that program.