FOOD AND FEEDING: A TWO-PART WEBINAR SERIES

This coming January, join Holt’s Clinical Services Department and guest speaker Katja Rowell, M.D. for the first of two webinars addressing issues of food and feeding that often arise among internationally adopted children.

Part 1: Hoarding, Food Obsession, and Weight Worries.

When: January 28th, 2013, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Where: Click here to register for this online seminar.

Hoarding, Food Obsession and Weight Worries: Healing a History of Food Scarcity

When children experience food scarcity or unsupportive early feeding, it often has a profound impact on their relationship with food. During this webinar, Dr. Rowell will :

  • Explain how unsupportive early feeding can lead to food hoarding and anxiety around food (hoarding, sneaking, eating quickly, hiding and pocketing food…)
  • Discuss how early food anxiety can lead to entrenched food obsession.
  • Explore growth concerns, including catch-up growth, weight acceleration and ethnic differences in BMI.
  • Use the “Worry Cycle of Feeding” to explain why worrying about weight and trying to get a child to eat less (or weigh less) often backfires.
  • Share practical tips to lessen anxiety around food, enjoy family meals, and raise a child who enjoys a variety of foods in the amounts that are right for his or her body!

The fee for this webinar is $10. If for some reason you are unable to afford this fee, please contact Sunday Silver at sundays@holtinternational.org and we will gladly discuss the possibility of waiving the fee so that you may attend.

Part 2: How to Feed When You Worry Your Child is Too Small


When: February 25, 2013, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Where: Click here to register for this online seminar.

How to Feed When You Worry Your Child is Too Small: From “Failure” to Feeding With Confidence and joy

“Failure to thrive” or “feeding clinic failure” are labels that no parent wants to hear. This webinar will help you understand why some adopted and foster children seem to be turned off by food. Through case studies and working through the “Worry Cycle of Feeding,” we will:

  • Address feeding challenges, including sensory and oral-motor delays, selective eating, and how a child’s early feeding history can affect her relationship with food.
  • Discuss why pressure to eat from bribing, TV, stickers, praise and even some therapy tactics may slow the process of learning to eat for many children.
  • Explain why picky or selective eating often goes along with worries about slow growth.
  • Use the “Worry Cycle of Feeding” to discuss why worrying about weight and trying to get a child to eat more (or weigh more) often backfires.
  • Above all, share tools to end the power struggles and bring peace and joy back to the family table. The quality of the feeding relationship is the key to improving the quantity. During this webinar, you will learn practical, relationship-building tips on how to feed your child when you worry about nutrition and weight.

The fee for this webinar is $10. If for some reason you are unable to afford this fee, please contact Sunday Silver at sundays@holtinternational.org and we will gladly discuss the possibility of waiving the fee so that you may attend.

Katja Rowell, M.D is a family doctor turned childhood feeding specialist whose mission is to bring peace and joy back to the family table. Rowell believes how is the key to what kids eat, and that helping kids have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies is the best preventative medicine there is. Rowell is passionate about supporting adoptive and foster families who struggle with feeding and weight worries. Her book, Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More, is available on Amazon.com. She is a sought-after speaker, blogger, mother and family cook. Visit her website to learn more: thefeedingdoctor.com

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