“In my 16 years of practice, this was the best conference I’ve ever attended, and the most useful. Nina was an amazing presenter with knowledge in all realms.  Very holistic approach to feeding disorders.”

“This was quite possibly the best pediatric feeding course I have ever attended. I learned more in two days from Nina Johanson than any other presenter on the topic. I would jump at the opportunity to sit in her course again!”


Live online plus self-paced modules

 Comprehensive Professional Training Program

Learn a step-by-step approach for pediatric feeding disorders, to help children explore food, enjoy eating, participate independently in social mealtimes, and thrive. The AEIOU approach- acceptance, exposure, independence, observation and understanding – is a responsive feeding approach that offers a highly successful method for integrated treatment of infants and young children with mild to complex etiologies. Learn to meet families where they are, provide effective family coaching and parent training, and make progress! Participants will leave with extensive knowledge and practical information: improve quality of mealtime, manage tube dependency and transition to eating solid foods, treat sensory aversions, advance oral-motor skills, and more. This course is presented in a dynamic learning environment, using case studies and videos to engage and instruct participants. Extensive resources are provided and participants will be well equipped to help families achieve home carryover. Many special populations are discussed including: prematurity, GERD, allergies, autism, failure to thrive, tracheostomy, picky eaters, tongue and lip ties, and children with various syndromes.

3 Courses for Fall 2021

(Select One Course Cohort on Registration Page)


  • Cohort #1:  Meets live online on Monday evenings September 13th, 20th, and 27th

  • Cohort #2:  Meets live online on Wednesday evenings September 22nd, 29th, and Oct 6th

  • Cohort #3:  Meets live online on Friday mornings October 8th, 15th, and 22nd


Hybrid  Online Course Agenda
(courses listed in US Eastern Time but open to all time zones)

  • Must attend each live broadcast session (not recorded)

  • Completion of Self-Paced Video Modules assigned each week required to attend live sessions (set aside about 5 hours on week one, 4 hours on week two, and about two hours on week three)

  • Private chat/group and instructor support throughout the course

  • Includes BONUS handouts/materials and  "Extend Your Learning" lessons

  • Includes Comprehensive Course Manual with References and Resources 

Week One

Fall Cohort Option #1:

Monday Sept 13th 7pm-10:15pm

Fall Cohort Option #2:

Wed Sept 22nd 7pm-10:15pm

Fall Cohort Option #3

Friday October 8th10am-1:15pm

Live Broadcast Online 3 1/4 hours

  • Foundations and Introduction to AEIOU; Support from the Literature

  • Developmental Progression of Feeding Skills

  • Case Reviews/Videos: Applying the 5 Factors:Acceptance, Exposure, Independence, Observation, Understanding

  • Case Reviews/Videos:Assessment and Treatment Planning

Week One Self-Paced Modules

15 min Hands-On Exercise

90 min Factors that Limit Successful

            Feeding (Biomedical and 


60 min When to Treat: Priorities and


            How to Treat: The 5-step  

            Comprehensive Plan

75 min  Attachment, Communication,

            Control: Addressing Mealtime

            Interactions and Behavior;

            Effective Parent Training

45 min Merry Mealtime Guide:

            Establishing the Mealtime


Week Two

Fall Cohort #1:

Monday Sept 20th 7pm-9:45pm

Fall Cohort #2:

Wed Sept 29th 7pm-9:45pm

Fall Cohort #3

Fri October15th10am-12:45pm

Live Broadcast Online 2 3/4 hours

  • Therapy Meals; Video Presentation of Treatment

  • Group Discussion/Q&A

  • Treating the Whole Child; Family Centered Care

Week Two Self-Paced Modules

45 min  Seating/Positioning/Self-

             Feeding: Achieving Autonomy

             and Independence

30 min Sensory Processing/Food


60 min Expanding Taste Repertoire

            and Texture Acceptance

60 min Nutritional Issues: Weight Gain

            vs. Brain Gain

30 min Oral-Motor Treatment:

            Achieving Success in 5 Steps

Week Three

Fall Cohort #1:

Monday Sept 27th 7pm-9:45pm

Fall Cohort #2:

Wed October 6th 7pm-9:45pm

Fall Cohort #3

Fri October 22nd10am-12:45pm

Live Broadcast Online (2 3/4 hours)

  • Video Presentations of Treatment

  • Videos Continued/Group Discussion

  • Oral-Motor Treatment/Video

  • Problem Solving, Group Discussion, Q&A

Week Three Self-Paced Modules

45 min Tricks With Tools; Tips From My

           Toolbox, Resources, and More

Two Online Quizzes

Final Course Evaluation

All Requirements To Be Completed

Set aside additional time to review Bonus materials, downloads, and "Extend Your Learning" lessons

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop assessment and treatment strategies that integrate 5 management factors for biomedical and enviro-behavioral influences that limit successful feeding in infants and young children.

  2. Formulate strategies to achieve parent buy-in for home carryover, promote positive parent-child interaction, and help children participate independently in social mealtime routines.

  3. Identify contraindications for oral feeding and describe a 5-step treatment plan for advancing pre-feeding skills in non-oral feeders.

  4. Assess signs of distress and/or disengagement during feeding.

  5. Develop and implement treatment plans for oral feeding that expand taste repertoire and texture acceptance by incorporating strategies for the mealtime environment, seating/positioning, and oral-motor, sensory, and motor deficits.

Target Audience

SLPs, OTs, PTs, Assistants, Educators. 

Appropriate for other professionals (social workers, nurses, dieticians, etc.) working with infants and young children with feeding problems.

Instructional Methods

Lecture with Powerpoint/Multimedia Presentation; Videos; Case Studies; Question and Answer; Private Community/Discussion/Sharing Forum

Special Needs Requests

For Special Needs Requests, please contact Nina Ayd Johanson directly at nina@foodsmartkids.com

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This course if offered for 1.8 (18 hours) CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)