2023 Integrative Education Symposium

Empowering and Connecting Pediatric Professionals
Virtual - 23 February 2023
Course B: Introduction to Clinical Reasoning for Effective Eating and Mealtime Participation Using The FOCUS Program

Lori Goodrich, OTR/L, C/NDT
February 23, 2023, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm CST
Cost: Early Bird registration by January 13th, 2023 $195;
Standard registration January 14th onward, $215
CEUs: 6 Contact Hours
Recording available approximately 1 week after the live event for 30 days of viewing

Course Level: Intermediate
Audience: OTs, SLPs, and interested others.  It is recommended for participants to have training in sensory integration theory and practice.
Course Description

There are many factors that impact an individual’s ability to participate in mealtimes. Identifying key factors that influence eating and mealtime abilities and understanding how they build upon each other is the cornerstone of providing effective mealtime-based services.  This course will facilitate the participant’s ability to support mealtime goals and assist in understanding where to start and how to put the pieces together to address each client’s unique needs. The FOCUS Program for Mealtime Success utilizes a whole-body systematic clinical reasoning model that addresses the sensory, motor, and psychosocial foundations essential for safe and successful mealtime participation. This program’s clinical reasoning model is unique in that it allows practitioners to use current knowledge to guide targeted and effective services as well as support practitioners in identifying future areas of development.  This course will introduce targeted resources and tools to support the participant’s clinical reasoning when working with individuals with sensory motor differences, as well as psychosocial considerations.  Participants will learn to identify clinical patterns as part of the evaluation process that guide effective intervention, goal setting and education of clients & team members. The phase-based FOCUS intervention model will be introduced as a resource for treatment planning.  The use of videos, case studies, and ample time for questions will be used to reinforce concepts to experience shared learning.  

Course Objectives:

Participant will be able to:

  1. Analyze the connection between sensory motor function, eating and mealtime evaluation, and functional mealtime participation.

  2. Apply understanding of the evaluation process to determine clinical pattern and entry point for mealtime-based therapy.

  3. Apply FOCUS Program clinical reasoning model to education of parents and professionals.

  4. Create a treatment plan that incorporates key factors and intervention approaches for a client with eating and mealtime goals.


7:45 - 8:00 am: Zoom Room Opens

8:00 - 8:05 am: Welcome, announcements, and speaker introduction


8:05 - 9:30 am:  

  • Introduction to FOCUS Clinical Reasoning Model and Program

  • Clinical reasoning using The FOCUS evaluation process

9:30 - 9:45 am: Morning Break


9:45 - 11:15 am:  

  • Clinical Reasoning using The FOCUS Evaluation Process, continued 

  • Evaluation case study activity

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch


12:15 - 1:45 pm:

  • Clinical Reasoning using The FOCUS Intervention Process; 

  • Integrating FOCUS Clinical Reasoning model with other mealtime related programs

1:45 - 2:00 pm: Afternoon Break


2:00 - 3:30 pm:

  • Intervention case study activity

  • Developing goals using The FOCUS model 

  • Discussion & Questions 

Course Requirements

Live Webinar: Full attendance is required for course certificates to be issued for live webinar attendance; if you miss a portion of the course, you may watch the recording and follow the below course requirements. After completing a self-evaluation, you will be emailed a course certificate within one week of the event.


On-Demand: Following completion of the entire course including a passing score of 80% on the post-course quiz, the participant will be issued a course completion certificate.

Continuing Education

6 Contact Hours awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider, number 11607. AOTA approval for this course is pending and information will be updated as soon as we’re able. For additional continuing education information for PT, and SLP, click here​ to access our CEU policies.

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