Food Chaining with Cheri Fraker

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Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP and Chari Fraker, MS, CCC-SLP
In this episode Michelle is joined by the One and Only Cheri Fraker, MS CCC-SLP, CLC! That’s right, the guru behind “Food Chaining: The proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Pick Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet”. This phenomenal book has indescribably positively impacted that patients of the clinicians that have devoured the text. So, are you feeling stuck with how to proceed with a patient to expand their diet beyond 3 choice foods? Are you feeling overwhelmed with how to introduce PO for the first time to a little one who has feeding tube dependency? Well, leave your chewy tubes at home, lock them away in a box, lose key, and be prepared to have your professional soul nourished with Cheri!


By the end of this podcourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  1. The differences between Pre-Chaining and Food Chaining therapy programs.
  2. Three approaches for implementing Pre-Chaining and Food Chaining in a ST sessions.
  3. Three differences between Pre-Chaining/Food Chaining and other “Feeding Therapy” Programs available.
About Michelle: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP is an accomplished lecturer and PEDs Therapist, she has written and given numerous ASHA approved CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI. She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP perspective. Michelle has delivered lectures at the SCSHA Convention and twice with the SCATP Expo. 

About Cheri: Cheri Fraker, CCC/SLP, CLC is an ASHA certified pediatric speech pathologist who earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, in 1986.  Cheri specializes in evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders and is lead therapist for the pediatric feeding team at The Center for Selective Eating and Pediatric Feeding Disorders and the SIU-Koke Mill Pediatric Swallowing Clinic in Springfield, Illinois. Cheri’s work in feeding is recognized internationally. She developed the techniques of Pre-Chaining and Food Chaining. She has lectured on PreChaining and Food Chaining therapy for pediatric feeding disorders at ASHA, the UCLA/UMH Nutrition Leadership Conference, The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, The North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, the World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The Neonatal Nutrition Conference and The Neonatal Update Conference at UMass.  She is the co-author of the books “Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: From NICU to Childhood” and "Food Chaining: The Six Step Solution to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems and Expand Your Child's Diet." She was co-author of a journal article on Food Chaining in Nutrition in Clinical Practice. Cheri teaches continuing education courses through her private business, Preemietalk and has developed an online Food Chaining course through Northern Speech Services. Cheri is a cancer survivor and most recently using Food Chaining in Oncology Rehab.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0-10: Introductions and Backgrounds

10-20: Discuss the difference between Pre-Chaining and Food Chaining. 

20-30: Discuss how to implement Pre-Chaining and Food Chaining in ST sessions.

30-45: Discuss differences between Pre-Chaining and Food Chaining and other ST Feeding Programs/approaches that are currently available.

45-1:00: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a presenter for and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Cheri Fraker:

Financial: Cheri Fraker is a presenter for and receives royalties. She has also authored books on this subject and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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