Professional Training

Exceptional Children's Center is committed to providing education and training to therapists and professionals working in the field of Pediatric Occupational, Physical and Speech-Language Therapy as well as other related fields. Please check back often for upcoming training courses and events.

2018 Courses at Exceptional Children's Center:



July 13-14, 2018

Rate: $390-$450

Description: Presenter AUTUMN R. HENNING, MS, CCC-SLP, is a recognized provider by Ankyloglossia Bodyworkers, has been a guest presenter for Creating a Care Plan for Tongue Ties, delivered a webinar through Innara Health entitled Tethered Oral Tissues: What’s a Therapist to do?, and delivered a webinar through GOLD Learning’s Tongue Tie Symposium entitled Tethered Oral Tissues: Beyond Breastfeeding. She has served on local breastfeeding professional panels and delivered numerous presentations to parents and medical professionals.

Autumn will discuss the E3 model of care for tethered oral tissues. This includes relevant background information on how tethered oral tissues affect oral function from birth to maturity.  This course is a specialty training that is targeted for the oral function professional including Speech-Language Pathologists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists, and Lactation Consultants and Counselors. However, this training is appropriate for other professionals including Pediatricians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Dentists and Assistants, Dietitians, Physical Therapists and Assistants, Early Intervention Specialists, Osteopaths, Otolaryngologists, Chiropractors, Applied Behavior Analysts, and Psychologists to learn about tethered oral tissues and make appropriate referrals. Participants who complete the training in its entirety with have the option of being listed on the Chrysalis Feeding website as a “TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Trained” professional and will be granted permission to use and display “TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training” logo, as a designation to the public of their completion of the training.

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The AEIOU Systematic Approach to Pediatric Feeding

September 14-15, 2018

Rate: $450 per person

Description: Presenter NINA AYD JOHANSON, Nina Ayd Johanson, a highly regarded clinician and renowned teacher with more than 21 years experience, is an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Maryland, and senior speech language pathologist for an acclaimed childrens hospital. A Certified Educator of Infant Massage, Nina also works in private practice in Baltimore and lectures nationally. She has extensive experience in home-based early intervention and parent training specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with oral motor/feeding disorders, complex medical issues, autism spectrum disorders, and other developmental disabilities. She holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College, and a Master of Arts in Applied Healing Arts from the Tai Sophia Institute. She is a board certified Holistic Health Practitioner and was trained in integrative nutrition through the Center for Mind Body Medicines Food As Medicine, the nations leading clinical nutrition training program for healthcare professionals.

This course teaches a step-by-step approach for helping children learn to explore food, enjoy eating, and participate independently in social mealtimes. The AEIOU approach acceptance, exposure, independence, observation and understanding offers a new and highly successful method for integrated treatment of infants and young children with challenging feeding disorders using sensory, oral motor, biomedical and environmental strategies. Five factors in this holistic approach emphasize active participation, independence and shared control. This course will arm participants with knowledge and practical information to achieve functional outcomes for complex etiologies, improve quality of mealtime, manage tube dependency and transition to eating solid foods, treat sensory aversions, improve oral-motor skills, achieve home carryover, and more.  Many special populations are discussed including: prematurity, GERD, allergies, autism, failure to thrive, tracheostomy, picky eaters, and children with various syndromes.

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Exceptional Children's Center

7001 A Loisdale Road,

Springfield, VA 22150

Phone. 703-971-0602

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