“I loved how personable and respectful Nina was of us within the course. She shared amazing resources and tips/ tricks and has such a wealth of knowledge. It has truly been the best course I have ever taken - in person and online combined! Highly highly recommend..”
— Maya Goldman, OT Australia
“I have been able to immediately apply the principles and strategies to my practice, and have already seen a positive difference in the response of clients. This course was a game changer for me as both a new mom in the age of social media misinformation and as an OT looking to gain more confidence in pediatric feeding skills.”
— Amanda, OT New York
Pediatric Feeding Expert
Nina Ayd Johanson, MA, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, the owner of Food Smart Kids, LLC, is a highly regarded clinician and renowned instructor with more than 28 years of experience. She has trained thousands of therapists both in the US and internationally in "AEIOU: An Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding", a comprehensive professional training program that she developed and continues to teach. Nina provides education and support to parents of newborns and young children through her online learning platform to help children and their families learn to love food, enjoy family mealtimes, and thrive. She developed the "Baby-Cued Method™", a responsive feeding approach, to answer the many questions parents have about feeding their babies and transitioning to solid foods. Many parents feel worried about the next steps with feeding after breast or bottle, and the internet and social media have added to the confusion. She helps parents embrace the process simply and intuitively, without gimmicks or trends that could hinder the process. A Certified Lactation Counselor and Certified Educator of Infant Massage, she specializes in infants with sucking dysfunction, tongue tie, and breast and/or bottle feeding aversion. She has extensive expertise working with infants and children with oral motor/feeding disorders, feeding tube dependency, autism, complex medical issues, and other developmental disabilities. Nina recently retired from her position as a senior Speech-Language Pathologist and pediatric feeding specialist for an acclaimed children's hospital, where she founded the TOTs Program (for infants with feeding problems due to tethered oral tissue/tongue tie). She holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Applied Healing Arts from the Tai Sophia Institute (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health). She is a board certified Holistic Health Practitioner and was trained in integrative nutrition through the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s Food As Medicine program.
AEIOU Course Instructor Disclosures:
Nina Ayd Johanson has no relevant financial relationships in the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation. She receives a speaking fee for presenting this course.
Nina Ayd Johanson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships in the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation.