Foundation Skills in Handling Children with Food Refusal Issues

Course Date
5 May 2023

Registration Deadline
Registration Closed

Time and Venue
9:00 am to 11:30 am
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore
Training Room Level 4

Parent and Caregiver Training
** Approved for Caregivers Training Grant (CTG) by Agency for Integrated Care (AIC).
Full Course Fee : $110
Co-payment of $10 only payable to CPAS.
CTG is capped at $200 per child per financial year.

Full Course Fees
$110 (excluding GST)

Course Capacity
Max : 25 participants

Targeted Participants
Caregivers, School Teachers, Interventionists, Allied Health Professionals

Course Outline

Children with special needs are more inclined to picky-eating and food refusal. When their
food refusal becomes severe, it could result in food jag (eating only one food or the same
types of food for all meals). This course aims to equip caregivers with a basic level of
knowledge and skills to reduce food refusal behaviors in children. Children with special
needs may have underlying sensory issues which may lead to their food refusal behaviors.
Parents and caregivers will learn strategies to deal with these issues to help their children
accept a wider variety of food.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to learn to:

  • The process of swallowing.
  • Manifestations of food refusal behavior.
  • Underlying principles for food refusal behavior.
  • General guidelines for reducing food refusal behavior.

Course Instructor

Ms Yvette Lam is a Senior Speech and Language Pathologist with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS). She completed her Masters in Speech and Language Pathology at the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Yvette is trained in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), DIR Floortime, Hanen It Takes Two to Talk, PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. She works with children attending the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) at CPAS. Her areas of practice include language delays and disorders, speech sound delays and disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), literacy, social communication, feeding and swallowing. She works closely with Early Intervention teachers on implementing language building as well as feeding and swallowing strategies in the classroom setting. She also provides support to parents and caregivers in incorporating the recommended activities into the child’s daily routine at home for greater consistency and continuity.

Ms Jaya Gopinath is practicing as an Occupational Therapist since 2000 and has been working
in Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) since 2015. She performed responsibilities in
early intervention and adult rehabilitation such as evaluating rehabilitative needs, using
appropriate assessment tools and developing customized treatment plans and goals, and
delivering appropriate therapy interventions to help children to overcome difficulties and
stressors. She also provide clinical services within a team structure to support children, with
cerebral palsy and other disabilities namely developmental delay, autism, downs syndrome
and other chromosomal syndrome to meet their identified needs. She has an in-depth
understanding of the diverse treatment modalities. She has served clients in feeding clinic
along with multi-disciplinary team and specialized knowledge and skills in feeding, eating,
and swallowing for Occupational Therapy Practice.

Ms Tan Wun-Yin is a Speech and Language Pathologist from Singapore. She completed her
Master of Speech Pathology at Curtin University in Western Australia. She has previously
received training within the paediatric and adult population in a multidisciplinary community
setting in Perth, Australia. She is certified in the Hanen Program for It Takes Two to Talk.
Currently, she is working with clients from Early Intervention at CPAS EIPIC Centre in a
transdisciplinary setting. She also works with school-aged and adult clients at CPAS Speech
Therapy Outpatient Clinic

Terms and Conditions
– Parents / Caregivers are required to fill in the CTG Application form, and provide the necessary documents stated in the form as required by AIC.
– Registration will be confirmed only upon receiving invoice or full payment.
– If the participant is absent without valid reason or without supporting document, full course fees will be charged with no refund

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