Melanie Potock Australian Tour 2023: ‘Your Feeding Toolkit’ & ‘ARFID – The Anxious Eater’ Workshops

Join Melanie Potock, international speaker and renowned author on the topic of "paediatric feeding" for her Australian Tour in March 2023!

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Monday, March 13th , 2023 - Your Feeding Tool Kit 
Tuesday, March 14th , 2023 -  ARFID: The Anxious Eater

Thursday, March 16th , 2023  - Your Feeding Tool Kit 
Friday, March 17th , 2023  -  ARFID: The Anxious Eater

Monday, March 20th , 2023  - Your Feeding Tool Kit 
Tuesday, March 21st , 2023  -  ARFID: The Anxious Eater

Thursday, March 23rd , 2023  - Your Feeding Tool Kit 
Friday, March 24th, 2023 -  ARFID: The Anxious Eater

Who should attend?

Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Pediatricians and other health professionals. Parents are welcome.

Presented Live In-Person by Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

By utilizing a “whole child, whole family” feeding approach, therapists can develop their own tool kit of strategies to customize treatment plans. Why do children have trouble eating? How are physiology, the sensory system, motor skills and behaviour linked to a child’s desire to try new foods? How do family dynamics and parenting styles influence progress? Why is it that a child eats well in the clinic setting but cannot generalize those skills to the home and school? This course answers those questions while participants learn how to problem solve common roadblocks in eating and then continue to build progress by following a hierarchy of steps to success. Most importantly, this course emphasizes the importance of keeping the fun in feeding, while developing consistent positive behaviours at mealtimes, so that everyone in the family can enjoy their time together around the family table!


DAY 1: Your Feeding Tool Kit


What you will learn

Upon completing the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how protective behaviours develop when GI discomfort, sensory processing challenges, and delayed gross and/or fine motor skills impact a child’s willingness to eat
  • Teach gentle, basic parenting principles to support the caregiver’s carry-over of the child’s treatment plan
  • Implement strategies of responsive feeding in typical feeding development and guide the family to a responsive feeding model upon discharge
  • Apply gentle, basic behavioural principles in therapy while respecting a child’s unique sensory system, temperament, and emotions
  • Describe how to teach the following skills as they coincide with the developmental process of learning to eat: biting, chewing, swallowing independently, straw and open cup drinking
  • Implement a hierarchical method of problem solving to meet functional outcomes
  • Understand how to problem solve new challenges with future clients by systematically breaking the task into smaller steps and teaching one step at a time


DAY 2: ARFID: The Anxious Eater


What you will learn

You will walk away with a rich understanding of the steps it takes to take kids from anxious to adventurous, including:

  • How anxiety hinders a child’s ability to try new foods
  • Why kids get stuck “just licking” or “just kissing” a new food and can’t make progress from there
  • Strategies to help the hesitant eater take a bite
  • Specific techniques to help the anxious eater manage anxiety
  • The relationship between parental anxiety and a child’s anxious behaviours
  • The research behind Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

What is included in the ticket price?

  • This is a catered event and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.
  • You will have access to digital materials to download

Please note that we use Humanitix, a non profit platform where the booking fee is donated to a children's charity. The booking fee is in addition to the ticket price.

Melanie Potock

Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is a mom who once had a picky eater. She’s experienced first-hand the stress that parents feel when they are worried about their child’s nutritional health. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find Melanie blending her knowledge of feeding therapy with practical parenting strategies that help the entire family eat healthier. She’s an international speaker and author of three books, including co-authoring the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater. Whether your raising a child who seems to be on the path to loving all kinds of healthy foods (and you want to keep it that way!) or you are seeking help for picky eater to enjoying more than chicken nuggets and fries, “Coach Mel” is here to guide you.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Where is the event being held?
The seminars will take place in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne. The venues are in very central locations in each city.
2Is food provided?
Each participant will receive as part of their ticket cost - morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as well as tea, coffee and water throughout the day. Please let us know of any dietary requirements when booking your ticket.
3How do I pay?
Once you click on the link to purchase tickets, you will be prompted to enter your credit card details into the ticketing system to secure your spot.
4Can parents/carers attend?
Parents and carers are welcome to attend.
5Do I need to be vaccinated?
You will need to comply with any government rules in place at the time of the event.