Special Populations in Feeding: Extreme Food Hyper Selectivity

May 9, 2014 9:00am - 4:30am

This event is open to OT/ST.

This course is pending approval of 6 CEUs from TSHA/TOTA.



Cuyler M Romeo, M.O.T., OTR, SCFES

Feeding Program Director and West Team Manager for Therapy 2000

Course Location:

Therapy 2000

2535 Lone Star Dr

Dallas, TX


Course Description:

During Special Populations in Feeding:  Extreme Food Hyper Selectivity, the presenter will describe children on the spectrum’s view of food and how this view creates feeding challenges such as food refusal, nutritional challenges, neophobia, and behavior problems.   Strategies to create more peaceful mealtime experiences while increasing the child’s comfort level with food will be discussed.  Open discussion and lab opportunities may be used to facilitate problem solving of select case studies.

About Our Speaker:

Cuyler M Romeo, M.O.T., OTR, SCFES

Cuyler completed her Masters level occupational therapy training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and discovered her passion for medically fragile infant feeding while completing her clinical fellowship in a Level 3 NICU for Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX.  Cuyler pursued this specialty by working as a feeding therapist at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ in both the in-patient (NICU, PICU, well baby) and out-patient settings while earning her therapeutic handling certification in TAMO®.  She later joined a group of feeding therapists as a founding partner of Mealtime Connections, LLC, a pediatric feeding specialty clinic serving Southern Arizona.  As a partner, Cuyler had the opportunity to mentor under fellow partner Marsha Dunn Klein, Med, OTR/L and promote a global approach to feeding through education, lecturing, and advocacy.

Cuyler returned to her home state of Texas in 2010 and continued to expand her feeding skills while working for Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, TX.  She earned her AOTA board specialty certification in Feeding, Eating and Swallowing in 2012 and currently serves on the SCFES board for AOTA .  She transitioned back to home care as feeding specialist and team manager for Therapy 2000, a pediatric home health agency serving over 6 metropolitan areas across the state.  Cuyler now serves as the Feeding Program Director for Therapy 2000 and focuses her efforts on feeding program development, professional lecturing and direct teaching.  Feeding and empowerment of other professionals to excel in the area of feeding remain her personal and professional focuses.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify 3 primary challenges for children on the spectrum in regards to overall developmental and describe related effects on food enjoyment.
  2. Define extreme food hyper selectivity and identify the underlying cause of food aversion in children with hyper selectivity.
  3. Define neophobia and describe the primary underlying cause of this feeding disorder.
  4. Describe from the child’s viewpoint what emotions a new food may evoke.
  5. List at least 3 pleasurable ways to include a child in the mealtime experience without eating.
  6. Outline the skills needed for lifelong eating success.
  7. Develop family empowerment strategies for successful mealtimes in children with hyper selectivity or neophobia.


9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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