2018 Feeding Seminar

November 29-30, 2018 / Chemeketa Eola Center / Salem, OR

This Seminar is designed to support education-based feeding teams. It will address questions of safe feeding and provide feeding supports in educational settings. New teams, new team members and program administrators are welcome to attend.

The seminar is also open to Parents, Students, Speech-Language Pathologists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Educators and Assistants, Pediatricians and Assistants, Nurses, Dietitians, and appropriate others.

Questions about program content may be directed to Debra Fitzgibbons, RSOI Coordinator Debra.Fitzgibbons@douglasesd.k12.or.us

Questions regarding registration,location and lodging, please contact Cindy Doyle.


Registration Fee:

Registration closes on Friday, November 23, 2018.

  • $265 for both days
  • $245 for both days EARLY BIRD Registration only by October 12, 2018
  • $125 for parents of children with disabilities or students attending college full time.
  • $175 for Douglas ESD employees

Includes buffet lunch and materials both days. One-day registrations not available.

Note: There is no refund on cancellations after November 1, 2018.


Keynote - Katja Rowell MD

Katja Rowell MD is a family doctor turned relational feeding specialist. Described as “academic, but warm and down to earth,” she is a popular speaker and writer.

Katja has developed an expertise in "extreme" picky eating, food preoccupation and supporting foster and adopted children with feeding, nutrition and growth challenges. Katja is on the SPOON medical advisory board as well as an adviser to the Minnesota Trauma Project.

Her books include Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating, Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults. and Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More

She has appeared in numerous publications including Parents magazine, written for the New York Times parenting blog and authored articles on topics ranging from food hoarding to avoiding trauma in feeding therapies.

SPOON Foundation - Nourishing All Children

SPOON deploys health solutions that address critical nutrition and feeding practices for children living outside of permanent family care and children with disabilities. SPOON believes that no child should be denied the right to achieve their highest level of health possible due to their family status; our interventions are aimed at achieving health equity for these children. Our programs, in Oregon and in 10 countries, address root causes of malnutrition through improved feeding techniques, nutrition screening, and diet optimization. In Oregon, SPOON provides training and resources to the foster care community on techniques to successfully address common feeding challenges and nutrition practices that can support healthy growth and mealtimes for children who have experienced trauma. Our local and global work has shown us that it is not enough to address what children are fed; our solutions also address how children are fed and support caregivers to provide safe, supportive feedings so children receive the nourishment they need to be healthy and thriving.

Sandra Saavedra, PT, PhD

Sandra Saavedra, PT, PhD, is a pediatric researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Hartford. She has more than 25 years clinical experience as a pediatric physical therapist. Dr. Saavedra received her MS in Physical Therapy from University of Southern California, her PhD in Human Physiology from University of Oregon and completed postdoctoral research at University of Michigan.

The concepts presented in Sandra's workshop were supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (F31 NS056726; F32 HD068118; R03 DC013858) exploring a segmental approach to understanding typical and atypical development of trunk control.

She has 22 peer-reviewed publications. She played a major role in the refinement and validation of the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) and is a national leader in teaching and application of a segmental principles to treatment of posture impairments.

Location and Lodging

Conference Location:
Chemeketa Eola Center - Click Here
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW
Salem, Oregon 97304


The Grand Hotel Salem - Click Here
201 Liberty Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97301

$149 Deluxe King Room
$159 Deluxe Double Queen

Please call 1-877-540-7800 to reserve a room. Mention Feeding Conference to receive the conference rate. Please book your rooms by October 28, 2018 to receive conference rates. Lodging includes complimentary continental, hot breakfast.