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Nourished and Thriving Children: A Trauma-Informed Nutrition and Feeding Course

Children who have experienced trauma have unique feeding and mealtime challenges that can impact their growth, development and overall health. Understanding these challenges and addressing them with trauma-informed strategies allows caregivers the opportunity to improve nutrition and mealtimes, and create resilience in the children in their care.

This self-paced course introduces the six principles of trauma-informed feeding and nutrition, discusses nutrition and mealtime challenges specific to children who have experienced trauma, and offers guidance in addressing these challenges using trauma-informed principles.

"I just completed the Nourished and Thriving Children Course through OSU. As a pediatrician specializing in child abuse and foster care, I found the course extremely valuable, and it is something I would like to share with the caregivers I work with.  Thank you so much for putting this course together. It is such a valuable resource."  ~ P.P.

What You'll Learn

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Be able to explain how trauma can impact a child’s health.
  • Be able to identify common nutrition and feeding challenges among children who have experienced trauma and why they are at risk for these challenges .
  • Understand the six principles of trauma-informed nutrition and feeding strategies and know how to use them with children in your care.
  • Understand the Division of Responsibility Model.
  • Be able to prepare a trauma-informed meal with your family.

“I asked all my staff to watch this training. Everyone needs to be required to watch this in Early Childhood. Make it a required course.” ~ J.S

On demand. Access any time.
4 hours of continuing education
price (2)


Jenny Rudolph

Jenny is an Associate Professor of Practice with Oregon State University Extension Service and the Endowed Outreach Coordinator for the OSU Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health. For the past 17 years Jenny has dedicated her career to planning and implementing community-based programs focused on improving nutrition across the life span. She has created numerous videos and digital media campaigns promoting healthy eating with children and families. She has partnered with DHS Child Welfare for more than 10 years to provide nutrition and cooking classes for local foster children and foster families, helping to build skills for positive family mealtimes and trained partner agency staff on trauma-informed nutrition and feeding principles. In addition to her work experience, she is also a proud foster sibling and mom of two young boys.

Kate Miller

Kate is currently the Feeding and Disability Specialist with SPOON. She has worked as a pediatric speech-language pathologist for 12 years and spent the last 9 years specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing. Prior to joining SPOON, she worked as a member of the Pediatric Feeding team at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. She has worked extensively in healthcare settings, lectured in graduate classes, provided clinical education and mentorship to graduate students, trained other healthcare professionals across medical clinics, and provided direct services to help children and families improve feeding and mealtimes. She earned her BA in Communication Disorders from Truman State University with a minor in Spanish and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2015, she completed training and certification to become a CLC. She loves spending time with family and friends, learning new things, cooking with her husband, reading a good book, and exploring new places.

Past Students' Work

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