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Feeding Children – Success is in the Details Self-Study


This self-study, an intermediate level, online course, will teach you how to help your clients apply the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding (sDOR) to prevent, as well as solve common feeding problems including picky eating, learning to explore new foods, and mastering shared meals. Expert ESI Faculty members will walk you through how to set parents, caregivers and early childhood educators on a path to success with new strategies to address worries about how much a child eats, weight concerns, and other common feeding pitfalls. You’ll take a deeper dive into handling the nuances of supporting mealtime structure, being caring without catering, and handling offering forbidden foods so you can integrate it into your work.   

As part of your learning journey you will listen to lectures, work on case studies and activities using a guided workbook and complete quizzes to “dig deeper” into application. This course has been approved for 16 CEUs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

This self-study is housed on our online learning Teachable platform.  If you are new to Teachable, you will need to create a free account.  Please direct any questions and inquiries to [email protected].


Who would benefit from this program?

Anyone wanting to go beyond the basic what, when where, how much and whether of the basics of Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding. This course delivers a wealth of practical information that clinicians, early childhood educators, physicians, and other health professionals can use in primary and some secondary settings – or centers that help parents feed their children with limited intervention, short classes or well checks. Examples of these might include:

  • WIC and Head Start (Early Childhood) clinicians and educators who spend time directly with families for nutrition and health care visits, assessments, etc.
  • Dietitians, nutritionists, nurses, speech language therapists and other clinicians in outpatient primary or limited secondary care settings; with brief or limited assessment and follow-up visits - where you might work with a family for one to three visits


More About this training program

Feeding Children – Success is in the Details will explore the intricacies involved in the application of the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding (sDOR). The course includes ten modules including three case studies (picky eating, child weight divergence, and Satter-consistent nutrition education development), along with activities, supplemental research articles, and quizzes to increase your familiarity and knowledge for applying the models. Discover strategies for removing pressure and restriction from eating opportunities all while supporting food exploration and nurturing healthy, responsive boundaries embedded in trust and respect.

You will also have the opportunity to attend a live one-hour Q&A with an ESI faculty member on these dates:

  • September 11, 2024,
  • November 13, 2024,
  • February 12, 2025, and
  • April 9, 2025

All sessions will be held from 1:00-2:00 pm CT. The Zoom link will be in the curriculum.

What you will learn from this training

  • Five principles to help parents take leadership with feeding, including strategies for offering unfamiliar, less nutritious and challenging foods.
  • The value of assessing parents’ adherence to the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding using the sDOR 2-6 year inventory and learn how to get permission to use this resource
  • How to address feeding challenges such as picky eating and weight divergence, along with practical tips for managing forbidden foods, desserts, and sweetened beverages
  • Important steps in helping families develop success serving shared meals
  • Key principals in creating trust-based, experiential client learning materials and programs

What you’ll get

A carefully curated mix of informative, engaging, and interactive expert content including:

  • 16+ hours of instruction, self-directed learning and application
  • New, recorded presentations and video simulations by ESI faculty members to watch, pause, and replay
  • Digital workbook
  • Select handouts to use with your clients
  • Virtual group discussion chats to review concepts and case studies with other participants and monitored by ESI faculty
  • Digital copies of two popular Feeding with Love and Good Sense booklets
  • Opportunity to attend live one-hour Q&A sessions with an ESI faculty member
  • One-time discount for Ellyn Satter Institute store
  • Three years of access to the course

When you pass the final exam with at least a 70% score and complete a critical reflection tool, you will receive a completion certificate for submission to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 

Please note that ESI does not submit this information for you. You are responsible for ensuring that your CPEUs are correctly registered.

Commission on Dietetic Registration Performance Indicators:

10.3.9 Leads the implementation of nutrition interventions in collaboration with clients/patients and the inter-professional team.

4.2.6 Integrates relevant information with previous learning, experience, professional knowledge, and current practice models.

9.3.5 Uses a variety of strategies to deliver education.

9.4.2 Assesses and identifies the current knowledge, skills, and cultural influences of populations.

Other programs you might be interested in:

For professionals wanting to develop mastery with comprehensive feeding and nutrition assessment and secondary and mild tertiary treatment, consider taking our Feeding with Love and Good Sense Master Course.

Registration: $399.00 for individuals; $360.00 for 2-3 participants; $339 for 4-14 participants; $320 for 15 or more participants from a single agency.

Student and Equity discounts available.  Please email [email protected] for coupon.

Additional information

Weight 13 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 11 × 12 in


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